Our “Cynnig Cymraeg”

Over the past few months, we’ve been working with the Welsh Language Commissioner’s office to put together our Cynnig Cymraeg (Welsh Offer) which outlines which services we provide in Welsh, how it fits into our work and how we will build on that in future and are thrilled to have received accreditation for our plan from the Commissioner. We’re a Welsh company and proud of that. Our name, ‘Positif’ is the Welsh word for ‘positive’ and reflects our outlook and the way we do business. We naturally operate as a bilingual company with the majority of staff members being first language Welsh speakers and provide a bilingual service to our… Read More

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A Positif Appointment

As many of you will know, Positif prides itself on being a well-established team, with many of having worked for the company for many years, providing a stable and consistent relationship between the company and our clients. And so, it’s not often that we have the opportunity to welcome someone new to the fold, but when we do, it’s with open arms and genuine excitement!  And we’re extremely thrilled to welcome a brand-new member to the Positif team. Joining us this week as a Political Consultant is Matthew Hexter. A familiar face to some of you, I’m sure, Matthew has many years’ experience of working in Welsh politics having been Senior… Read More

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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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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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