Patrick Hannan, ‘Wales Off Message’

I recently re-read Patrick Hannan’s ‘Wales Off Message’. Published in 2000 the events and misadventures in Welsh politics it recounts are all familiar to me although he always managed to find a new angle from which to view those events or a undiscovered nugget of fascination, such as Rhodri Morgan’s unprecedented tidying of his sock … More Patrick Hannan, ‘Wales Off Message’

Political snippets.

Two new posts over on my politics blog. One on an interesting post-referendum party planned for next Friday. The other is a snippet about Rhodri Morgan’s memoirs. Meanwhile you can watch this week’s Sharp End here. It’s a referendum special – a debate between Rhodri Morgan for the Yes side and Rachel Banner from the … More Political snippets.

Dragon’s Eye

The last Dragon’s Eye before Easter and before the General Election is now on the iplayer here. What can you expect? I’ve been trying to peer into the Budget small print to find out how much less the Welsh Assembly can expect to get in the coming years. As far as I can tell (and … More Dragon’s Eye

The Unusual Suspect

Paul Flynn’s autobiography the Unusual Suspect has already generated headlines and controversy and even an Early Day Motion. All good publicity I’m sure, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that it is, as you’d expect, a good read.  And away from the newsy bits, there are plenty of interesting titbits. For instance, I didn’t … More The Unusual Suspect

Called to Order

Tonight’s Called to Order is already up on the iplayer here. My guests were two AMs: the Conservative Jonathan Morgan and Plaid Cymru’s Helen Mary Jones. Highlights include Helen Mary Jones revealing that  Carwyn Jones would have held First Minister’s Questions at 3pm on Wednesday but the Conservative group didn’t agree. It also includes an egregious use … More Called to Order

Wales and the General Election

I’ve made a series of five films for Dragon’s Eye previewing the General Election. The first is an introduction and then I look at the chances of each of the four main parties and the likely battlegrounds in terms of constituencies and policies. BBC Wales online website has very handily put them all here.