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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A Sequel is Always Different

Nobody doubts the sincerity of the Welsh Government and its ministers in tackling the Covid-19 crisis. For anyone who has behaved responsibly and followed the rules, even when disagreeing with the logic and impact of some of them, it is especially galling to be back in this situation where infection rates are spreading and some members of the public are openly and wilfully responsible for an increase in infections. We share the First Minister’s anger, and the Prime Minister’s too. The containment regulations unveiled this week by both governments are more congruous than at any point since May. Once again, the different governments are introducing the same sort of responses.… Read More

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Polls Apart

After the least restful Summer Recess in history, Senedd Members reconvened this week looking like they’d never been away. In many cases, they hadn’t. Government Ministers especially could hardly be said to be seeming refreshed. Well, at least the half that we see couldn’t. The other half seem to have all but disappeared since March. One of the real results of the Covid crisis is showing who is actually running government and who is there in the front line. Without naming too many names, it’s obvious that Lee Waters MS (Lab, Llanelli) and Jeremy Miles MS (Lab, Neath) are arguably the highest impact and most influential Deputy Minister and Counsel… Read More

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Wanted! Your manifestos

As we look towards the next Senedd Election we’re creating a new Positif Policy Portal where we’ll be collating election manifestos published by organisations in Wales, so send them our way! We want to create a publicly available online space where organisations and political stakeholders alike can browse manifestos and engage with your asks and ideas. It could also be an opportunity for you to identify common asks and synergy with other organisations in Wales.  If you would like us to include your manifesto on the Positif Policy Portal, send a copy to naomi@positif.cymru  

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‘Bore da’ – Daily Political Update Service

Ahead of the new Senedd term, Positif are pleased to launch our brand-new ‘Bore da’ daily political update service. The service will include a general round-up of key political events over the past 24 hours and a forecast of what to look out for over the next day. Considering the uncertain climate and potential difficulties facing organisations at the present time, we believe there is real value in being kept up to date with the latest political developments and important policy announcements. Please do not hesitate to contact dafydd@positif.cymru should you like to organise a free trial or require any additional information.

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Changes at Positif…

As you all know, Positif is a one of a kind organisation and we’re really proud of the business we’ve built and developed over the past 14 years and hopefully will continue to grow in years to come. The last few months have given us all the time to reflect on the future and what we want Positif to look like moving forward…. With that in mind, the founder of Positif and our Managing Director and Chair, Daran Hill has decided to hand over the reins of the company from September 2020 to new Joint Managing Directors, Rhodri ab Owen and Naomi Williams. But don’t worry, Daran will continue to… Read More

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Defining the Alternatives

As the Senedd drew to a close this week, we saw the three main opposition parties each put a sharper focus on their offering to the Welsh electorate in the next election. First off the blocks was the Brexit Party last Sunday when they became the third small party represented in the Senedd (after UKIP and Abolish the Assembly) to advocate the actual abolition of the institution. Their version does, however, pledge to keep a directly elected First Minister for Wales but, quite frankly, that suggestion doesn’t seem to have a lot of appeal. Voters who want abolition tend to simply want that, nothing else, so it will be a… Read More

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