EVENT: The Sixth Senedd – Meet the new faces

Thursday 27th May 202112-1pmVirtual event As the dust begins to settle after the election, MSs, both returning and newly elected, are getting stuck into their new roles. With so many new faces elected at the election, we wanted to bring you the opportunity to meet and question a few of them on the election results, what’s next for them and what their priorities will be for the forthcoming term. Next Thursday, we will be holding an online event where you can put your questions to some of the new faces. To register for the event, email susan@positif.cymru. THE PANEL

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New Career Opportunity: Political Consultant

Positif is Wales’ largest public affairs company with 67 clients and is a leading provider of political communications advice, knowledge, intelligence and support to the public, business and voluntary sectors. We are an ethical and transparent company, with all staff adhering to the PRCA Code of Conduct and we publish our client list on the PRCA register on a quarterly basis to provide complete transparency on who we work with. You can take a look at who our clients are here. We’re creating a new role to add to our well-established team, to meet growing client demand and to help us grow the company further. We are looking for an… Read More

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Welsh Government Reshuffle: Mark’s Mark

When it comes to reshuffles there are usually three useful indicators – structure, scale, and scalps – and on two of these indicators Mark Drakeford has reshaped Welsh Government quite profoundly in light of victory in the polls. The Structure criteria is about the shape of government departments. At the start of new Senedd you can usually expect some structural change, but on this occasion, there has been wholescale reorganisation to create a super ministry for Climate Change. Combining energy, transport, housing, planning, environment and land. Those with very long memories might remember Peter Law and Sue Essex holding similar portfolios in the first Assembly, but there has been little of recent… Read More

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Unlucky for Some – Thirteen Truths about the 2021 Senedd Election

There has never been a more popular politician in Wales than Mark Drakeford. He may not have achieved the same level of bounce as Carwyn Jones did in 2011, or presented as interesting a figure as Rhodri Morgan usually did, but he achieved box office status wherever he went in Wales. He’ll hate this comparison, but he achieved the kind of stand-out political connection and charisma that Blair, Thatcher, Paisley, Farage and Boris have used to really connect with their electorate. It is wholly true he was a marmite figure – with Conservatives finding he pushed some voters in their direction – but overall the people of Wales clearly love… Read More

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Chasing Ratings

Earlier this week the latest Welsh Barometer Poll was published (full details here), giving plenty of food for thought for each of the parties. Our resident reviewer is catching up with happenings back home, has mixed another mojito and is getting a little blurry as he flicks between the Welsh news and other channels… Labour: Thank goodness for that. The Siege of Clwyd appears to be over. They’re only forecast to lose the Vale of Glamorgan and polls always predict that six months out. Captain Mainwaring Drakeford might have lost some of the sparkle and dropped a few points, but he’s still keeping Fortress Labour safely guarded. The new characters… Read More

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Crossing the Line?

The decision to restrict access to Wales from those in high-prevalence Covid areas in other parts of the UK has been the story of the week (so far…) and has resulted in more animation on social media and the press than anything since the last General Election. As ever, those who shout the loudest are the most extreme in their shouting. What we are seeing is a battle of hyperbole on all sides. Those most passionately in favour of the new rules do not accept in any way there is any downside to effectively Wales making laws for people in other parts of the UK. And nor do they seemingly… Read More

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To Bee or Not to Bee

When you’ve been tracking Welsh politics for over two decades, there’s always a bit of a buzz around a reshuffle, even if that bee noise is usually just confined to those of us who sit watching the hive and waiting for a bit of queen action when often we just see the drones at work. It’s a rare reshuffle that is so down beat that you barely even notice it, but that’s exactly what happened on Thursday night when Mark Drakeford MS (Lab, Cardiff West) put down the Caerphilly flavoured royal jelly and rejigged things a bit. A small bit. A tiny bit. Bearing in mind this was the first… Read More

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Differences of Focus

As Plaid Cymru hits the online airwaves for its annual conference, the party is in strong voice and proclaiming a series of blunt policies which they believe will address some of the real social and economic challenges in Wales. Under a Plaid government, professional carers would be offered a £10 minimum income guarantee, and care services would be brought back under public ownership. Social Care would be taken from local authorities and commissioned and funded in conjunction with health. Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board would be disbanded. GCSEs would be scrapped and teachers trusted to mark their own students. 50,000 new houses would be built in five years and rent caps… Read More

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