Welsh Lib Dems strip away non-essentials

Tim Farron
Image caption Tim Farron accused Plaid of helping Labour ministers when they were in trouble

Can the Welsh Liberal Democrats stop history repeating itself?

We now all know what a disaster for the party looks and feels like, after witnessing it in the general election last year.

They have done a lot of soul-searching in recent months, and have come up with a strategy to strip away everything they believe will be surplus to requirements in the assembly campaign.

It's all geared towards getting a message across in a few sentences on the doorstep about plans to reduce class sizes and raise the number of nurses.

Difficult territory

In marked contrast to recent Lib Dem conferences, there's little talk of the constitution at this weekend's spring conference in Cardiff.

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How £25m became £55m

Did the Welsh government get a good price for Cardiff airport?

The Wales audit office has sat on the fence, but as ever with reports from the public spending watchdog, it gives a fascinating account of what was going on behind the scenes in the most talked about acquisition by Welsh government ministers in recent years.

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Waiting times in Wales and England

Patient on stretcher

It doesn't need much to kick start a debate on the NHS, but a new set of up-to-date directly comparable figures on waiting times between Wales and England is a good place to start.

Finding comparable data has always been a tortuous process, so this gives a revealing snapshot into waiting times across the NHS.

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New Welsh MEP on the way?

Dave Rowlands

Guest blogger BBC Wales political reporter Paul Martin asks if Dave Rowlands could be Wales' next MEP.

It seems all but certain that the current UKIP MEP for Wales, Nathan Gill, will be stepping down soon in order to stand as an assembly candidate.

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RIFW: the latest development

So what have we learnt from the report by the assembly's public accounts committee into the sale of public land by the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales?

It has one major advantage over the other inquiries: the passage of time.

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Rhetoric versus reality

No-one doubted the sincerity of the defiant messages repeatedly expressed after the first meeting of the steel task force at the assembly.

A succession of union leaders and a council chief executive said there would be no rolling over or waiving of the white flag when it came to the Welsh steel industry in the wake of the recent losses.

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Steel losses: The role of government

Almost exactly seven years ago to the day, I was standing outside the steelworks in Llanwern the last time the industry in Wales lost a thousand jobs.

Back then there were very different circumstances as the country dealt with recession.

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The leaders' debate

  • 17 January 2016
  • From the section Wales

As usual for Sunday mornings, I've been listening to Radio Wales' Sunday Supplement programme. What was unusual about this morning was the fact that my colleague Vaughan Roderick had the leaders of the five main parties in Wales alongside him in Studio 6 at BBC Broadcasting House in Llandaff.

It's the first time in 2016 that Carwyn Jones, Andrew RT Davies, Leanne Wood, Kirsty Williams and Nathan Gill have shared a platform ahead of May's assembly elections.

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Jones v Farage

This was a tough night at the office for Carwyn Jones.

There were times in the middle period, on the economy and EU aid, when it felt that Nigel Farage was dictating the terms of the debate.

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What will 2016 bring for the assembly in election year?

  • 10 January 2016
  • From the section Wales
Media captionNick Servini on the prospects for the Assembly election

At the start of what promises to be an exciting year, here is my film for Sunday Politics Wales on the prospects for the Assembly election.

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