Wales’ rail connectivity

Spring 2011

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We need some courage and a bit of flair



Take your new partners for the dance of death

Dafydd Glyn Jones responds to Education Minister Leighton Andrews’ injunction to Welsh universities to ‘adapt or die’


Outlook: After the referendum

‘This is nothing to do with nationalism is it?’

Alun Davies

Welsh political game changer

Jonathan Edwards

Taking control of our own destiny

Jenny Randerson

A new voice for Wales

David Melding


Wales’ Rail Connectivity

Running our own railroad

Stuart Cole argues that Network Rail’s devolution of its Welsh operation should be good news for electrification

Wales’ rail future

John Rogers suggests the Welsh Government should re-nationalise Welsh railways

Swansea’s nine lines

Mike Smith puts the case for connecting the Amman Valley with Swansea and Mumbles to create a light rail transit system for Wales’ second city

The easiest, and fastest route

Mike Joseph advocates a revival for Wales’s first high speed line


Economy – with PricewaterhouseCoopers

Wales needs long-term investment in education and infrastructure

Gerald Holtham says the achieve it the Welsh Government will have to deploy joined-up thinking to set new cross-departmental priorities

Robust response to the recession from Welsh business

Rob Lewis provides a snapshot of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Welsh Economic Barometer unveiled at the IWA’s National Economy conference in March

Accelerated Development Zones could plug Welsh funding gap

Gronw Percy advocates a new model to finance capital projects

Despite the cuts some of us are doing well

James Foreman-Peck explores Welsh pay differentials between the public and private sectors



Nation takes another historic step

Richard Wyn Jones argues that the 2011 referendum has given an unforeseen impetus to constitutional change

End of the Imperial romance

Peter Stead examines an account of how the British constitution has clambered out of the footnotes and up the agenda

Reorganisation can damage front-line services and increase costs

Rhys Andrews wonders whether a reduction of Welsh local authorities will achieve the desired results

No silver bullet in service delivery

Jon House questions whether outsourcing can save money



Targets must be accompanied with freedom in our schools

Stevie Upton reports on the IWA’s study of pupil attainment at Key Stage

Bro Teifi’s all-through school would raise standards

Cynog Dafis outlines the case for educating the entire 3 to 19 age range on single sites in rural Wales

Akan to Zulu

Lowri Angell-Jones describes a school in the Welsh capital which is home to 52 languages



The serpent inside England’s health reform

Marcus Longley asks whether Wales learn from Andrew Lansley’s radical experiment with the NHS

Mapping world class health care

Ceri Phillips and Mansel Aylward summarise the work of the Bevan Commission


Social Policy

Social enterprise and the smart Welsh state

Kevin Morgan and Adam Price outline ways the next Welsh Government could revolutionise the delivery of key public services

Challenges facing foster carers

Judy Hutchings and Tracey Bywater report on a new initiative to help looked after children in Wales



Carbon dioxide is not the only major problem

Gareth Wyn Jones explains why we urgently need to reduce the greenhouse gases produced in our countryside

Cutting Back on Hypermobility

James Shorten and Roger Levett say we should pay more attention to the low carbon transition challenge facing rural Wales

Learning by design

Haf Roberts examines the design principles behind Rogiet’s new primary school in Monmouthshire



Fishlock’s File

Bringing Ryan and Ronnie back to life

Trevor Fishlock talks to Hywel Gwynfryn

The intimate circle of a writer’s life

Katie Gramich takes a look at the unknown, glamorous Kate Roberts

When he wore a cloth of gold

Rhian Davies chronicles the mid 19th Century adventures of Orlando Parry and Franz Liszt


How to be a Welshman

Daniel G. Williams

A poet of loud desperation

Peter Read

L.G. as  viewed through the prism of high Westminster politics

J. Graham Jones

A penchant for bad news

John Osmond

Last Word

A few strong men would help

Peter Stead