Blog Profile / Betsan Powys

Filed Under:Politics / UK Politics
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Archived Since:July 6, 2011

Blog Post Archive

A big day for health in Wales

Guest post from @TobyMasonBBC There are few days in the Assembly these days where the state of the health service isn't in the spotlight - today was exceptional in that there were three major stories happening at once. They're at once...Show More Summary

Health finances, fiction and fantasy

Guest post from @TobyMasonBBC It's become an annual ritual - a bit like the dreaded visit to the dentist. Today's the day we get to see the final accounts for the seven Welsh health boards. It follows a familiar pattern. The Health Minister...Show More Summary

Through the legal looking glass?

@TobyMasonBBC here with a look at the latest devolved constitutional conundrum coming our way this afternoon. In another post just under a month ago I speculated whether Mick Antoniw's Asbestos Bill could well be heading for the Supreme...Show More Summary

Silk: Prix fixe or a la carte?

It's @TobyMasonBBC here, keeping the blog warm for a few weeks until a new political editor is appointed. I'm sure Betsan would have very much liked to have signed off as political editor by bringing you news about which taxes WalesShow More Summary

Draft, Written, Published - and out

It seems to have turned into a month of departures. First a former minister, then a current one - and now it's my turn. Less sensational resignation than planned farewell, but all the same, I'm off. I'll miss the 'Draft', 'Written' 'Approved' and 'Published' buttons. Show More Summary

Reshuffle after Andrews resignation

How will Leighton Andrews choose to use his time and his power now? Is it in support of the government or, as Rhodri Morgan says, might he campaign in the Rhondda which is something he has done over the years? Is he and has he been more...Show More Summary

Greater love hath no man than this

Who said government ministers don't resign any more? One just did. Leighton Andrews, the Education Minister has gone. Being photographed once holding a placard that appears to defy your own government policy is one thing. Being photographed...Show More Summary

'It is pure rock and hard place stuff'

Steve Thomas, the man who leads and speaks for local government in Wales, is an expert at speaking the language of "quantum funding under pressure" and how "the interface between services needs to accelerate." But he's also a man who knows how to speak the language of blunt. Show More Summary

A 'good country solicitor' goes home

From one politician to another it was praise indeed. Few political reputations grow with the years, said a colleague in Cardiff Bay, in the way Ieuan Wyn Jones' reputation has grown. He's right. The man his own side once said came across...Show More Summary

Carwyn Jones says "enough is enough"

What Carwyn Jones had to say on the shape of the Welsh economy in his regular briefing to the media this week was overshadowed by another matter he wanted to get off the First Ministerial chest. But the warning he sounded, and tone he...Show More Summary

Andrews rebuke for hospital campaign

The opposition say "when we talk in terms of services going or closing or losing them, you call us 'shroud wavers' and 'scaremongering' but when your own minister stands there with a placard saying 'keep services' we don't hear a thing from you". Well today Carwyn Jones changed that. Show More Summary

Ministerial tramlines and slap-downs

Carwyn Jones knew it was coming and wouldn't, I'm starting to believe, have wanted it any other way. Last month, four senior Labour figures, including his Education Minister, Leighton Andrews and the Shadow Welsh Secretary, Owen Smith...Show More Summary

Return visit to the Supreme Court?

Guest post from @TobyMasonBBC - could another Assembly Bill be on the verge of legal trouble? As expected, the Assembly's business committee has rubber-stamped the Labour AM Mick Antoniw's request to withdraw his Bill to recover theShow More Summary

Bumf, more of the same or progress?

At the beginning of the year the coalition government published a "candid" progress report - a "full and frank" mid-term review of how it was doing, which promises had been delivered, which were on their way to being delivered and which had been and would probably be broken. Show More Summary

On the road with the Silk Commission

What's a girl to do on a Wednesday afternoon in Abertillery? A haircut at Scissorz? A visit to Conqueror Tattoos? Or perhaps a chat about the future of devolution? You'll be glad to hear (particularly on the tattoo front I suspect) that yesterday I opted for the last of those. Show More Summary

End of the three-country consensus?

What's Michael Gove's letter to the Education Ministers of Wales and Northern Ireland all about? In a sense, you could argue it's about - well, stating the obvious. As differences grow between the exam system and qualifications offered...Show More Summary

Devolution inquiry hits the road

The commission's already come up with answers to one key question - how should Wales be financed in future? It's still waiting to find out whether the UK government thinks it got that right. But it is already tackling the next part of...Show More Summary

Wales in Europe - via Griffithstown

What's your definition of Wales in Europe? If your answer is Bonnie in Malmö, then I'd probably stop reading now. If it's 'net beneficiary' or 'best out' then you're in the right place. Read on. The First Minister has used just about every available opportunity this week to repeat his message on Wales in Europe. Show More Summary

Long road to improved global ranking

I was there, back in 2010, when the Education Minister Leighton Andrews, took a long, hard look at Wales' standing in world league tables and said that enough is enough. The Programme for International Student Assessment - or PISA tests - had found Wales' fifteen year old pupils wanting. Everyone involved, he said, should be "alarmed". Show More Summary

A bucket with holes, or a whole lot?

I'm leaving the reporting on the Queen's Speech to my colleagues in Westminster - but I'll just add two overheard conversations to the debate. What exactly, came the question first thing this morning, is the status of the draft Wales...Show More Summary

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