Dispatches from Everest

Summer 2003

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Page 2 – A Green Wales
Phil Williams charts the progress of the Assembly’s efforts to get to grips with its duty to promote sustainable development.


Page 6 – News
New valleys research; IWA wins Rowntree core support; Last Testament from Phil Williams; North Wales development strategy; affordable housing in the National Parks.

Culture and Communication

Page 10 – Playing the Welsh card in Britain
Peter Stead, one of the judges, explains how Cardiff gained from losing its bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Page 12 – Dispatches from Everest
Jan Morris weaves a tale that traces back fifty years to Base Camp and Katmandu.

Page 16 – Plain Sailing
Katie Gramich reports on how the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts is making waves in Wales. Gwyneth Lewis provides some extracts from the “Log of the Jameeleh”.


Page 19 -Single choice on the currency
Neil Kinnock says the Euro will be with us whether we join it or not.

Page 22 – The pounds in their pockets
Denis Balsom anticipates how the forthcoming euro referendum campaign will be fought.

Page 24 – Treasury stands in Brussels path
Nick Bennett flags up a threat to future EU regional spending in Wales.

Page 26 – Communicating in Europe
John Gray describes how different Welsh interests competing to be represented in Brussels have sorted themselves out.

Politics and Policy

Page 28 – Our asylum test
Tom Cheesman calls for better treatment of displaced persons in Wales.

Page 32 – The importance of Welshness
Analysing the fall-out from the 2003 Assembly election Richard Wyn Jones and Roger Scully question how far it saw Wales ‘come home to Labour’.

Page 35 – Stirring up apathy
David Williams reveals how far the press and media got through to the electorate in the campaign.

Page 37 – Plaid Cymru’s future
Helen Mary Jones says devolution is not a process or an event that should be supported by nationalists. Rhodri Glyn Thomas advocates a new way forward for achieving greater autonomy for Wales.

Page 41 – Downsizing debate
Clive Betts bemoans an attempt to curtail the work of the Committees in the National Assembly.

Page 42 – Wicked issues
Clive Grace outlines the role of the new Wales Audit Office.

Social Policy

Page 44 – Getting to grips with drugs
Iestyn Davies suggests the Assembly Government should re-assess its policy on substance misuse.

Page 47 – A Flying Start
John Osmond and Jessica Mugaseth investigate how the Assembly Government’s Early Years education policies are progressing.

Page 50 – Reaching Higher
David Grant asks who will pay for university education in Wales.

Page 52 – Health borders
Jon Owen Jones examines divergent paths taken by the NHS in England and Wales.

Page 56 – Remoteness and access to health care
Trish Buchan reports on a study that has been surveying health provision in rural Wales.


Page 58 – Why we need a science policy for Wales
Dylan Jones Evans argues that you cannot commercialise technology if there is little relevant technology to commercialise.

The Economy

Page 62 – Improving our living standards
James Foreman-Peck argues that the Assembly Government should have a more realistic target than raising Welsh GDP closer to the UK average.


Page 66 – Cosmetics versus conservation
Eilidh Johnston says we need a bridge between the environmental and socio-economic objectives of the National Parks.

Page 69 – A Sleeping Giant
Iwan Huws says National Trust Wales has a great opportunity to contribute to the environmental economy.

The Last Word

Page 72 – Endpiece
Tennis with Tony by Peter Stead