Eurfyl ap Gwilym on the implications of the Lords’ report into the Barnett formula:
James Foreman-Peck reflects on fairer public spending across the UK:
John Osmond enters into a debate with Conservative AM David Melding’s advocacy of federalism as a solution to Britain’s constitutional instability
June 2009: European elections: the results in Wales – Powers over the Welsh language: bid to devolve further powers to Wales continues – Olympic rowing: report by MPs suggests no significant benefit for Wales in 2012 – Hain’s call: new Welsh Secretary calls on colleagues to heed Euro election drubbing.
John Osmond peers into the future for devolution:
May 2009: Welsh Labour Party Conference, Gordon Brown: “We will grow not cut our way out of recession.” – Plaid Cymru Party Conference, Elfyn Llwyd: Prime Minister “Did nothing” to prevent the country’s current financial woes. – Welsh Conservative Party Conference, David Cameron: Increased Devolution? “Let’s make what we have now actually work”. – Welsh Liberal Democrat Party Conference, Kirsty Williams “Wales deserves better leadership”.
John Osmond reports on a new prediction about the timing of the forthcoming referendum on extending the powers of the National Assembly:
April 2009: Devolution, independence and constitutional navel gazing? – “Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There’s just too much fraternising with the enemy” – Fee for all top-up fees scrapped – Welsh patients to “top-up” healthcare.
In March 2009, as Welsh broadcasting suffered from further cuts in ITV Wales’s programme output for Wales and the prospect of five years of budget cuts at BBC Wales, the Institute of Welsh Affairs mounted a defence of English language television programming for Wales in English is a Welsh Language: Televisions’s crisis in Wales.* Its sixteen essays were part elegy for past glories, part cri de coeur as a nation’s visibility to itself was allowed to wither, and part affirmation that the problem can and must be solved. Its opening chapter was by the broadcaster and Chair of the IWA, Geraint Talfan Davies.