The Welsh Tories provide a positive alternative to Labour’s anti-Brexit politicking in Cardiff Bay

16 Jan

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, architect of Welsh Labour’s General Election debacle, will apparently stick with their “basic message”. Welsh Labour’s campaign had an “unreservedly and enthusiastically” Remain stamp. And at last week’s Questions to the First Minister, he claimed he was right to campaign for a second referendum as “Wales’ future was better off […]

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The Brexitlands of Wales have shown complacent Welsh Labour that they have somewhere else to go

18 Dec

Lord Mandelson once said: “The people of south Wales will always vote Labour because they have nowhere else to go”. The former EU Commissioner was proven wrong by voters last week as Welsh Labour saw the collapse of its North Wales red wall and major inroads from Boris Johnson’s revived Conservatives in South Wales. Labour’s […]

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Election Battlegrounds 10) Wales

4 Dec

Where the Tories have rallied in Scotland, Labour appear to have done so here. There is a broad range of possible Conservative targets, but only a few anticipated gains.

The Welsh people are backing Boris all the way in his quest to get Brexit over the line

16 Oct

Welsh politics often struggles to break through into the consciousness of a Westminster-dominated media but Tuesday was an exception as Boris Johnson and the Conservatives topped the latest YouGov poll in Wales. As someone who has been through an election or two, I always try to hit a cautionary note when it comes to such […]

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Welsh Labour are more out of touch with voters on Brexit than ever

27 Sep

Within the Cardiff Bay cartel, ‘BDS’ originally meant the ‘Brexit Derangement Syndrome’ of those who see in Brexit the twilight of Wales’ elites. Yet in these heady days ‘BDS’ stands for the ‘Boris Derangement Syndrome’ that has now sent Wales’ devolved governing class into orbit. The EU-signalling from Cardiff Bay shows that Johnson and his […]

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How Brexit reinvigorated the Welsh independence movement

27 Sep

A growing number of Welsh citizens now favour an independent Wales, thanks partly to Plaid Cymru’s decision to position itself as a Remain party. Jac Larner (Cardiff University) looks at how Welsh Labour has begun to question the country’s future as part of the UK, and discusses geographer Danny Dorling’s argument that English retirees living in Wales tipped the 2016 […]

Welsh Labour beware: the Brexit Party has its eyes on your traditional heartlands

5 Sep

The attitude of the Welsh political establishment in Cardiff Bay towards those who voted for Brexit in 2016 has been astonishing. The utter contempt by many of them shown towards the very people who have elected them time and time again is truly staggering. Middle-class Labour Members of Parliament and Assembly Members who for years […]

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