Is Wales sleepwalking to independence?

Spring 2014

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All change at the IWA


We need to shout louder
Rhys David meets the new Chair of the Institute of Welsh Affairs

Farewell to the ineluctable John O
Peter Stead suspects that he and the Welsh Agenda’s departing editor will meet again


Welsh Labour should supply its own opposition
Gerald Holtham on why we need to rekindle some excitement in Welsh politics if the National Assembly is to grow

Welsh TV is more than Dr Who
Lee Waters says BBC bosses have made important concessions on the need for more English language Welsh television

Don’t rip the heart out of the Coal Exchange
Nerys Lloyd-Pierce bemoans the corporate men who are bent on destroying the Welsh capital’s heritage


Changing Union

Opportunistic moments that extend the boundariesof Welsh devolution
John Osmond predicts we’ll look back in ten years time and find that events have dictated the pace of constitutional change

Crowdsourcing views on policing and justice
Jess Blair describes an IWA online research initiative aimed at widening the Welsh devolution debate

Social solidarity and the constitution
Michael Keating explains why welfare provision is at the heart of the Scottish independence debate

Features- Cover Article

Wales, sleepwalking to independence?
Lee Waters examines the consequences for Wales ofScottish independence.



Life in the slow lane
Rhun ap Iorwerth finds switching from journalism to politics means adjusting to the oil tanker pace of political change

Council borders shouldn’t follow where the crows fly
Jon Owen Jones says the Williams Commission’s proposals for new local government boundaries are worse than the 1974 gerrymander

Culture shift needed in delivery of public services
Nerys Evans says the Williams Commission’s 62 recommendations must be taken as a whole

Welsh Government should move quickly on city regions
Geraint Talfan Davies argues that Wales has to compete with English cities that are expanding to embrace their hinterlands

Thinking the unthinkable on economy
Sukhdev Johal, John Law and Karel Williams call for a contrarian research centre to devise policies for local and regional experiments

Wales needs a region based on language
Adam Price makes the case for a development authority for western Wales

Build more houses to save Welsh communities
Dafydd Iwan explains why there should now should be a stronger emphasis on Y Fro Gymraeg

Empowering bottom-up locallydriven development
Dave Adamson and Mark Lang report on the regeneration lessons that have emerged from their year long study of Tredegar

Housing should follow transport in south-east Wales
Roger Tanner says a Development Corporation should create a new garden city on the edge of Cardiff

Political pressure to decide Welsh funding fate
Eurfyl ap Gwilym finds that Wales could lose nearly a £1 billion if High Speed Rail in England is regarded as benefiting Wales

Lessons for Wales from North Dakota
Ian Jenkins says there is a strong case for the Welsh Government to establish a state bank



Fishlock’s File

With Malice to one and all
Trevor Fishlock remembers when his typewriter was confiscated and the telex was a teacher of patience

Public poet who made things happen
Peter Finch pays tribute to Nigel Jenkins 1949 – 2014

Marwnad o fath—in memory of Nigel Jenkins
Sequence by Menna Elfyn, translated from the Welsh by the author and Elin ap Hywel



Welsh Queen of commerce
Deirdre Beddoe

Testing UK’s policy of drift
Aled Eirug

Brains of the coalfield
J. Graham Jones

R.S. was ’ere
Tony Brown


Last Word

Dangers of squandering Britishness
Peter Stead