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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Opposing demands

The Covid period can roughly be divided in two in terms of the ways in which political parties have worked together. The point of divergence was the middle of May, characterised by the first indications that the ending of lockdown would not only be slower but different in Wales, with different easings promoted or prioritised. This also coincided with the Dominic Cummings episode and the trip to Barnard Castle. No other aspect has impacted more on public attitude to the lockdown restrictions. As the last two months have played out, the Welsh Labour Government has made a virtue of caution even where they have not had the science to back… Read More

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Safety first, economy second

The decisions made by governments in the UK over the past few months have been made on more than just science. They have been set out on the basis of political priorities too. Thus with different governments of different political complexions in all four parts of the UK, the decisions taken have inevitably been different and this is an entirely natural course of action. Yet with the ability to decide there is of course the right of others to scrutinise and sometimes criticise. No government has been wholly right in its actions, and no government has been wholly wrong. If you drew a Venn diagram of the administrations, then the… Read More

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The glass mentality

The biggest surprise in the defection of Gareth Bennett MS (Abolish, South Wales Central) from wherever he was to the Abolish the Assembly Party is that it had taken so long for that way of thinking to get an elected member in the Senedd. Putting aside the whys and wherefores of whether regional list members should be able to cross the floor when they are elected on party tickets – and MSs had plenty of opportunity to include this in the recent legislation that seemed more preoccupied with changing the sign on the door than anything else – there are issues of representation at stake here. Some people argue that… Read More

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Senedd Election 2021: The Positif Election Package

Guiding you into the 2021 Senedd Election In May 2021, Wales will go to the polls for the Senedd election and will choose the next Welsh Government. With five years since the last opportunity to elect members to the Welsh Parliament, and all that has happened in between, it will certainly be an interesting election. Over the coming year, Positif is here to help you answer and explore the key questions going into the election with our Senedd Election 2021 package. What’s included in the package? What’s at stake for each political party? Who are the key players and the candidates to watch? How can you influence party policies? Why… Read More

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Remembering Mohammad Asghar

The sudden death of Oscar this week has left people reeling. When the Senedd met on Wednesday to hear tributes, they were poignant, heartfelt, and very personal. Clearly there was a sense of shock and sadness, but there was also a sense of profound bewilderment. In a podcast which I did later that afternoon, Angela Burns MS said that, in his thirteen years in the Senedd, Oscar had been the only member she had never heard criticise any other member personally. For us in the public affairs community, the Oscar we knew was similar. Always a smile, always a glint in the eye, always a creative suggestion from him as… Read More

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