100 Labour MPs abstain from Yemen vote

Tens of thousands of people have suffered or been killed in Yemen because of the on-going vicious war there, with Saudi Arabia trying to force its will on the country. It is undoubted that Saudi Arabia are committing war crimes in Yemen with their targeting of civilians. In late 2015 Amnesty International accused Saudi Arabia…

Has Wales been or is there more to come?

I’m worried about Wales’ future. I’ve touched on it before, in this Welsh post – what is Wales’ future post triggering article 50, Scottish Independence, and the new rump UK state of Englandandwales? Previously I’ve said that this new situation that we find ourselves in could/should be an opportunity for us, as Milton Friedman (urgh) once…

Be wary of the rightwards march of Anglo-British Politics

Old Welsh Mythology has a story about how Pwyll Pendefig Dyfed saw Rhiannon, the most beautiful of women, leisurely riding her pure white horse, but every time Pwyll tried to get closer to her she seemed to go further away, even though his horse was galloping and Rhiannon’s was only trotting. I’ve written (somewhere!) before…

Demeaning our politics and taking advantage of our trust

Politics. Sometimes I hate it. Well, more than sometimes, quite often actually. The oneupmanship; the spinning; the misleading; the downright lying at times – all to keep face and win support, or at least stem a decline. Over the weekend my local Assembly Member and Labour’s candidate against me in the up-coming Assembly election responded…

Why MPs bombing decision was wrong

This is a copy of a letter that I’ve sent to papers in north Wales: Dear Sir I was bitterly disappointed to see that my MP, Susan Elan Jones, supported the motion to bomb Syria this week. I have much respect for Susan, having stood against her in last May’s Parliamentary elections. I respect that…

Voters 0 – MP’s 1

Susan Elan Jones MP “afraid of her constituents” Clwyd South MP Susan Elan Jones has been accused of being afraid of her constituents after voting against a motion in Parliament to give voters the power to recall MPs. Parliament was debating a motion on Monday to recall MPs which would put power in voters’ hands by giving…

Wales: “highest rate of child poverty”

A Save The Children Child poverty report states that “Wales has the highest rate of child poverty of any nation in the UK”. It is estimated that there are 600,000 children living in Wales, with 1 in 3 living in poverty and 90,000, or 14%, in severe poverty. Save the Children estimate that we have…