When icons meet

Summer 2004

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Page 4 – Migration, identity and development
Arguing that we need to move from a protectionist to a dynamic approach to Welsh identity, Cynog Dafis says the biggest threat comes from people moving out of Wales, rather than those coming in.


Page 8 – News
Culture and Communication

Page 10 – When Icons Meet
Bryn Terfel explains his passion for the Millennium Centre, opening in Cardiff this November.

Page 12 – Linking past and future
Paul Flynn traces the revival of the Welsh language in Gwent to the 1988 Newport Eisteddfod.

Page 14 – Cymuned versus Cymdeithas
Carwyn Fowler argues that it is time for factions within the language movement to collaborate.

Page 16 – Books’r Us
Peter Finch charts how being Welsh in English has progressed from being a parochial joke to a mainstream preoccupation.

Page 19 – Roland Mathias
Sam Adams profiles a man whose literary achievement is being marked by a writing prize in his name.

Page 21 – Word Power
Gillian Clarke explains why writers and poets need more than just a sense of place.

Page 24 – Spaces Between
Wiard Sterk says that public art can promote regeneration in neglected urban environments.

Politics and Policy

Page 27 – Richard’s Radical Recipe
Richard Rawlings finds the Richard Commission went for the radical option on all the key choices it faced.

Page 32 – Size Matters
John Osmond addresses the Commission’s most politically sensitive recommendation.

Page 34 – Electoral Indigestion
Denis Balsom examines Richard’s recommendation that STV be used for assembly elections.

Page 37 – Cross-border Obfuscation
Lord Elis-Thomas assesses the difficulties of disentangling Welsh from English primary legislation.

Page 40 – Rhodri’s Retreat
Alan Trench objects to Rhodri Morgan’s latest devolution compromise.

The Economy

Page 42 – Brain Drain
David Blackaby and Stephen Drinkwater unpick the statistics of migration to and from Wales.

Page 44 – Hinterland hopes
Peter Midmore reflects on the factors that should underpin policy making in rural Wales.

Page 47 – E-Commerce potential
Beverley Evans and Tony Davies explore the business benefits that can accrue from broadband.

Page 50 – Broadband Wales
Andrew Davies explains how internet access is being expanded across Wales.

Page 52 – Learn Direct
Jeff Greenidge describes how e-learning is improving the Welsh skills base.

Page 54 – Right Tracks
French levels of funding are needed to give Wales a modern railway argues Stuart Cole.

Politics and Policy

Page 57 – By thy deeds
Jon Owen Jones argues that performance indicators should be made to count in local elections.

Page 60 – Must Plaid lose?
Richard Wyn Jones and Roger Scully ask whether Plaid Cymru will be an eternal party of opposition in the Assembly.

Page 63 – Slippery slope
Duncan Tanner and Andrew Edwards revisit the dire predictions of the No campaigners in 1979.

Page 67 – Sennedd 04
Dafydd Glyn Jones proposes a second chamber for the National Assembly.

Social Policy

Page 69 – Urge to merge
Geraint Talfan Davies unravels why, despite the evidence, Welsh higher education is drawing back from change.

Page 72 – Self help
Huw Lewis reports on his review of the Communities First initiative.


Page 74 – Linking space with people and politics
Kevin Bishop puts the Wales spatial plan under the microscope.

Page 77 – A two-legged stool
Gordon James questions the Assembly Government’s commitment to sustainable development.


Page 80 – Roadmap
Peter Sain Ley Berry offers a guide to the new European Constitution.

Page 84 – Small Battalions
Christopher Harvie revisits the theory of European Regionalism he promulgated in the early 1990s.

The Last Word

Page 88 – Endpiece
Summer Reading by Peter Stead