Gwent levels welcomes wigeons

Winter 2006

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Page 4 – Progressive Universalism

Mark Drakeford outlines six principles of social justice which underpin the Assembly Government’s policy approach.


Page 8 – News

Politics and Policy

Page 10 – Will Labour win again?

Richard Wyn Jones and Roger Scully read the runes for the forthcoming National Assembly election.

Page 13 – Time to deliver

An introduction to the IWA’s exciting new publication examining policy options for Wales during the Assembly’s third term.

Page 16 – Holding the reins

David Lambert and Marie Navarro ask whether the Assembly is ready to take on legislative powers.

Page 19 – Spending squeeze

Eurfyl ap Gwilym forecasts how UK budget decisions will impact on the Welsh block.

Page 22 – Roller Coaster

David Williams reflects on his highs and lows in following the National Assembly’s first six years.

Page 25 – Gender budgeting

Jackie Jones describes a new initiative in policy making.


Page 27 – Newport Wetlands

Tim Stowe underlines the economic impact of one of Wales’ newest nature reserves.

Page 30 – Green delivery

Peter Davies outlines the Sustainable Development Commission’s recommendations to the Assembly Government.

Page 32 – Magic City

Haf Roberts visits one of the most unsustainable places on the planet.

Page 34 – Wicked issue

Paul Williams examines the problems of embedding sustainable development into the policy process.

The Economy

Page 36 – Welsh investment vehicle

Madoc Batcup outlines an innovative scheme for funding long term infrastructure development in Wales.

Page 39 – Sporting spin out

Rhys David assesses the impact of the Ryder Cup and the Olympics on Wales.

Page 43 – Son of Objective 1

Roisin Willmott examines the new European Convergence Programme being taken forward for west Wales and the valleys.


Page 45 – Get serious about science

Peter Cotgreave says the Assembly Government should plug the Welsh science funding gap.

Page 49 – Weave of innovation

Neville Greaves describes interdisciplinary research collaboration under way between Bangor and Aberystwyth.

Page 53 – Case for chemistry

David Knight argues that investment in sciences should be an economic development priority.

Social Policy

Page 55 – Incredible years

Judy Hutchings explains how north Wales has led the UK in ensuring the effectiveness of the Sure Start children’s programme.

Page 57 – Making homes affordable

Peter Johnson looks at the task facing the Homelessness Commission currently taking evidence at hearings around Wales.

Culture and Communication

Page 60 – Soap makers

Liz Hobbs and Steve Croke give an account of their travels in search of the elixir of cleanliness.

Page 63 – Addressing identity

Iwan Bala explores the symbolic language of public art in Wales.

Page 67 – Building for people

Derek Jones argues that a sense of place depends on public good taking precedence over private indulgence.

Page 69 – Who do we think we are?

Jonathan Scourfield asks what being ‘Welsh’ means when you’re 10 years old.

The Last Word

Page 72 – The Last Word

by Peter Stead