The case for science

Spring 2006

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Page 4 – A pier with too few supports

Professor Sir John Cadogan argues that the Assembly Government should base its science policy on scientific rather than economic principles.


Page 8 – News

Politics and Policy

Page 10 – Poles Apart

Jonathan Adams recommends how Cardiff Bay can be connected with the city centre.

Page 13 – Barnett Squeeze

Eurfyl ap Gwilym estimates that Wales has been denied more than £1 billion by the Treasury over the past five years.

Page 17 – £77m merger

Rhobert Lewis discusses the arguments for an all-Wales police force.

Page 20 – Nation builder

Richard Brunstrom says an all-Wales force should be part of the devolution process.

Page 22 – North Wales voice needed

Dylan Jones-Evans questions the centralisation of power in Cardiff Bay.

Page 25 – Making politics breathe

Ferdinand Mount says everything in Britain has been modernised except its politics.

The Economy

Page 28 – Safe haven

Gillian Bristow asks whether enough is being done to involve the local community in the LNG development in Pembrokeshire.

Page 31 – Government business

James Foreman-Peck argues that economic policy should address a worrying private sector deficit.

Page 34 – Carbon cutting

Morgan Parry argues that the Assembly Government’s new economic development strategy needs a radically different approach.

Page 38 – Footing the bill

Brian Morgan says the Assembly Government should produce a Welsh model for PFI.

Page 41 – Cherished Heartland

Peter Davies relates how the Prince of Wales’ charities are engaging with the problems of the rural hinterland.

Social Policy

Page 43 – A £3 billion opportunity

Tamsin Stirling looks at the IWA’s new report on the Future of Social Housing in Wales.

Page 45 – Below the threshold

James Stewart introduces a major new study on poverty and social exclusion in Wales.

Page 48 – Educating for social justice

David Egan declares we cannot go on tolerating the waste that results from low levels of educational achievement at 16.

Page 50 – To those that have

Mark Drakeford argues that health policy should focus on equality of outcome.


Page 52 – Not just money

Andy Klom says Wales should look beyond trade and funding in its engagement with the EU.

Page 54 – Crossing borders

David Hughes underlines the importance of cultural projects in promoting European cohesion.


Page 57 – Shadow boxing

Gordon James argues that the Assembly needs greater powers over energy policy if it is to lead the way on Climate Change.

Page 62 – Nantgwynant

Ruth Williams, John Pritchard and Neil Caldwell advocate investing in the environment.

Culture and Communication

Page 64 – Governing culture

Geraint Talfan Davies says the arts funding review is a chance to get away from policy-making on the hoof.

Page 66 – Daffodil meets the big apple

Peter Stead joins in with Wales Week in New York.

Page 68 – Welsh cinema

Steve Blandford finds that two recent films open up new possibilities for identity in 21st century Wales.

Page 70 – Ystradgynlais epiphany

Nigel Jenkins praises a new assessment of the artist Josef Herman.

The Last Word

Page 72 – The Last Word

by Peter Stead