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Blog Profile / Betsan Powys

Filed Under:Politics / UK Politics
Posts on Regator:223
Posts / Week:1.2
Archived Since:July 6, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Ministers, elephants, and carrots

As historic announcements go, it certainly looked the part, anyway. Two UK Cabinet Ministers flanking the Welsh Finance Minister in the Welsh Government's Cathays Park HQ. Danny Alexander and David Jones were there to announce...well, what exactly? Reform of the Barnett formula? Well, no. Show More Summary

Round and round the boundaries

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog entry asking a question: just how dead are David Cameron's plans to change parliamentary boundaries? Are they restin' or bleedin demised? I was asking because a well-placed and usually very well-informed source had suggested that Mr Cameron hadn't given up on his plans - not just yet. Show More Summary

AWEMA: Report number nineteen

I'll keep this short - and it's not at all sweet. The Wales Audit Office report, published this morning, into the way taxpayers money was given by the Welsh Government to the All Wales Ethnic Minority Association is damning. Turn the...Show More Summary

Devolution: the sober reality

Is there a so-called drinking culture in Cardiff Bay? A straw poll of party figures who cross my path this morning says that no, there isn't. A snapshot of comments: "You just can't compare the Assembly with Parliament," "this is a very...Show More Summary

Drink-drive arrest for Plaid AM

Plaid Cymru have suspended Bethan Jenkins from the group. That means she remains a member of the assembly but essentially an independent member. She is not accountable to that group and she can't remain a front bench spokeswoman. Plaid...Show More Summary

Joining the conversation is ...

"Whatever happens in 2014, the constitutional status quo is unsustainable." It's not the first time by any means that Carwyn Jones has looked to big events in Scotland and spelled out that come the referendum, whatever the answer, the questions and implications for Wales will be huge. Show More Summary

Game ON says Ed Miliband

Game on. That was the message from the Labour leader Ed Miliband during his campaigning visit to Cardiff South and Penarth this afternoon. But he was looking beyond the likely byelection date of November and beyond the Police Commissioner...Show More Summary

Indelible marks and legal brains

I'm taking a bit of a punt here but if I had to guess, I'd say that Lord Carnwath has never been to a tattoo parlour in Swansea. I say that partly because - and here's another punt - I don't think that in Swansea they're called 'tattoo...Show More Summary

Cllr Jones and the slides of doom

The man from the Institute of Fiscal Studies called it 'Local Government Expenditure in Wales: recent trends and future pressures'. Those watching his presentation on Friday referred to it as 'the slides of doom'. They were, in the main,...Show More Summary

Restin, or bleedin demised?

Just how dead are David Cameron's plans to change parliamentary boundaries? Are they restin' or bleedin demised? I'm assuming, I have to say, that they are a gonner. Once Nick Clegg withdrew his party's support and votes, Mr CameronShow More Summary

Growth and Jobs: the Sequel

Budget for Growth and Jobs - ring any bells? It should. This time last year the headline was identical. The Welsh government's spending plans then were all about creating growth and jobs, jobs and grwoth. A year on, the commitment and the headline from Finance Minister Jane Hutt, remain the same. Show More Summary

£15bn assembly budget talks begin

There are difficult decisions ahead for finance minister Jane Hutt. Add the squeeze on what the government has to spend to the fact that Labour holds only 30 of the 60 seats in the Assembly and it's clear a deal will have to be struck. Last...Show More Summary

Poundstretcher, M+S or Fortnum's?

Tomorrow the Finance Minister Jane Hutt will reveal her first stab at dividing just under £15bn of spending between Welsh government departments. That is the size of the block grant from Westminster for 2013-14 - a fall in cash terms...Show More Summary

Freebies: the 'cynical trick'?

Who said this? "What is progressive about a chief executive on more than 100,000 a year not paying for his prescriptions, while a pensioner needing care has their care help cut? "What is progressive about judges and lawyers earning more...Show More Summary

Welsh economy facing "crunch time"

The man they call Tarzan was the star turn at the Welsh Government's Council for Economic Renewal at their Cathays Park HQ today. Lord Heseltine wasn't keen on doing media interviews during his visit but his presence was a flamboyant...Show More Summary

Putting Team Wales to the test

The two lawyers who run Wales met this morning in Cardiff and according to David Jones, peace reigned. His meeting with Carwyn Jones was "business-like and cordial" with the two men getting on "extremely well" on a personal level. Not...Show More Summary

GCSE English regrades order made

The jagged edges of devolution have rarely felt more pointed. The exam board in Wales, the WJEC, is saying hang on, earlier in the summer both regulators in England and Wales told us to change grade boundaries. Now one of you has changed their mind, the other hasn't. Show More Summary

Putting the cross into cross border

The jagged edges of devolution have rarely seemed so pointed. For the Welsh examining board, the WJEC, those jagged edges look very much today like the horns of a dilemma. They've made clear that they made a grade C "more severe" because both the English regulator, Ofqual and the Welsh regulator, the government - jointly - asked them to. Show More Summary

Sauce, goose, gander ... Gove?

How did you get on in your English GCSE this summer? Not great? And how hot are you on your geography - and politics? Why do I ask? Because they've just clashed, head on. Now read on. The man in charge of education in England was "saddened"...Show More Summary

Peaks, troughs and stark warnings

If you had any doubt about the priorities facing the Welsh government during the next Assembly term and beyond, then the Director of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales has spelt them out pretty starkly. You will put "creating economic growth" right at the top and few would disagree. Show More Summary

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