Wales

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 […]
23 Feb 2016

Parties need to open up in the 21st century – including Labour

The following is a report from ERS Cymru’s fringe at Welsh Labour Party conference in Llandudno on the 20 th February on how Labour and other parties should open up and modernise to reflect how voters and democracy has changed. With distrust in politics on the rise and tribal ties breaking down, the challenge for Labour and political parties is more than simply winning an election, said Steve […]
18 Feb 2016

Breathing new life into Welsh politics

With great power, comes a great need for accountability. While not the catchiest slogan in the world, as Wales gets more powers this year it’s going to become a truism. Today ERS Cymru are launching our first manifesto - calling on parties to get behind votes at 16, online voting pilots and a monthly ‘Citizens’ Question Time’ in the Assembly in the run up to May’s Assembly election. With the […]
4 Feb 2016

Leanne Wood: We need a Welsh Representation of the People Act

This is a guest blog by Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid Cymru. The opinions expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Electoral Reform Society. This week the Electoral Reform Society organised a debate event in Aberystwyth on democracy. As the keynote speaker, I was given the opportunity to outline Plaid Cymru’s proposals for opening up and making our government […]