Wales

27 Apr 2017

Where are the women in May's local election?

Jess Blair highlights the problem of diversity ahead of next week’s council elections. Since the Prime Minister’s unexpected announcement of a General Election last week there’s been little time to talk of anything else. Our 24 hour news cycle is now dominated by images of May, Corbyn et al traveling the country and trying to persuade us voters that they are the right choice to lead after June […]
27 Mar 2017

The Brexit deficit

If there was a ‘word cloud’ of popular news topics over the last twelve months then ‘Brexit’ would be front, centre and in bold. Since last June’s referendum the topic has dominated headlines, been the focus of family discussions over the dinner table, and of course the workloads in Westminster and beyond. On Monday the Institute for Government published a report highlighting the dominance of […]
14 Mar 2017

An exciting time to join ERS Cymru

As she joins us as the new Director of ERS Cymru, Jess Blair sets out the challenges and opportunities for deepening Welsh democracy. In the last twelve months the political landscape across the world has fundamentally changed. We've seen the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU, President Trump's inauguration and two elections in Northern Ireland. This year looks set to be no less […]
29 Nov 2016

After Brexit, it's time for a bigger, stronger Senedd

‘May you live in interesting times’ goes the old Chinese curse. And few could deny that we do: Brexit, a party system in flux, and a constitution in tumult all mark new times for the UK. But with potentially significant powers going to the Welsh Assembly after Britain leaves the EU, and with the current Wales Bill set to shake up the Senedd, it’s interesting times especially for Wales. With […]
27 Sep 2016

Please, sir, can we have some more? The Welsh Programme for Government

Mae fersiwn Cymraeg o’r blog yma ar gael yma When the Welsh Government announced its Programme for Government would be delayed for 100 days, my expectations were raised. Taking into account of the huge tectonic shift in Brexit, a new UK leadership, and following the Assembly arithmetic, its’ necessarily more inclusive approach to working with other parties, this seemed a logical way forward. […]
31 May 2016

An electric few weeks in Wales…So what’s next?

Yn y Gymraeg yma Phew! Well, we’re not used to political drama in Cardiff Bay of the scale witnessed over the past few weeks. With the election resulting in Labour winning 29 of 60 seats, the tie between Labour’s Carwyn Jones and Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood for First Minister was highly unexpected, even to the most seasoned commentators. So amid all the sound and fury, what does this mean for […]
25 Apr 2016

A stagnating Senedd?

Mae fersiwn Cymraeg o’r blog yma ar gael yma // A Welsh-language version of this blog is available here Read ‘ Women in the National Assembly ’ here In general, diversity in Parliaments is on the rise across the UK and the world. But it’s by no means inevitable, or uniform – and making our often archaic institutions reflect the public they represent takes hard work. So it’s always disappointing […]
15 Apr 2016

A diverse democracy: Building a Wales for all

Read ‘A Diverse Democracy: Building a Wales for All’ here At its heart, democracy is a celebration of variety. Democracy requires that arguments are tested, scrutinised and checked, from inception to delivery. That’s why it’s important that the backgrounds of those doing that are as diverse as possible – to get the broadest perspectives based on the facts and the experiences of people in Wales. […]
12 Apr 2016

Letting the light in: How to open up Welsh politics

In a week that politicians in Wales and across the UK opened up about their finances following the release of the ‘Panama Papers’, today we’re pleased to launch our ‘minifesto’ on opening up government in Wales. We think it’s time to ‘let the light in’ on all aspects of Welsh politics, as the Assembly gains more powers and responsibilities. As we say in our publication launched today , “Rightly […]
7 Apr 2016

Political parties in Wales need to give young people a voice

[Gallwch ddarllen y blog yma yn y Gymraeg] It’s no news to say that youth engagement in formal politics is in a pretty parlous state – particularly when it comes to turnout. Just 43% of 18-24 year olds voted in the last Westminster election: the gap between engagement in politics between young people and old people is growing, and will only get worse if urgent action isn’t taken. In Wales, there […]