No games, no pain?

The timing of the announcement that Wales will not bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games is interesting.

The impact of Brexit is hugely sensitive at the moment, and to blame the games decision on leaving the EU makes it an issue just at the point when the messages are critical.

The danger for ministers is how the failure to bid for the games contrasts with virtually every other statement saying that Wales is open for business.

Critics will argue that the role of a government at times like these is to provide confidence.

But there will be many who say this is sensible at a time of huge uncertainty.

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Let battle commence

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Image caption Owen Smith has emerged as the sole challenger to Jeremy Corbyn

Owen Smith has never been a politician who lacks confidence but even he must realise the scale of the task ahead of him.

We are heading into another long hot summer of soul searching for the Labour Party, but the circumstances this time round could not be more different.

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All guns blazing

I've got an image in my mind that the Welsh European Funding Office will now be like the final frantic days of a regime before it's toppled, with cash flying out of the door for projects around Wales.

In this case there's no invading army, instead there's a Brexit forcing down the doors, and alongside it a dismantling of the EU funding mechanisms that exist across the public sector.

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When should we Brexit?

Wales cannot compete with Westminster at the moment when it comes to Brexit drama, but there have been some developments.

The main one is the picture emerging from leading figures about how the UK should respond to the vote, and in particular over timing.

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Brexit and Wales

As the recriminations into the Brexit vote gather momentum among the political parties, it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that 52% of voters in Wales are now presumably punching the air in delight at the prospect of life outside of the EU.

Considering that 35 out of Wales' 40 MPS, the leaders of the two main parties and the majority of assembly members wanted to remain, it was a spectacular example of the public revolting against the wishes of most of the political class.

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Events which alter the dynamic

Last Thursday morning I was out on the campaign trail with Remain and Leave, and the difference in tone was striking.

Under the gaze of the statue of Nye Bevan, and surrounded by shoppers in the centre of Cardiff, Plaid Cymru welcomed the former SNP leader Alex Salmond at a relatively subdued event where Leanne Wood looked palpably worried about the prospects for the UK remaining in the European Union.

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Which way is it going?

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Everyone keeps asking me which way the EU referendum is going to go.

I tell them I have no crystal ball and that I see the same poll results as they do.

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No sharing platforms

While David Cameron and the new London mayor Sadiq Khan were happy to share a stage for the remain cause, it's highly unlikely that any such Conservative Labour tie-up will happen in Wales between now and June 23.

I caught up with the former First Minister Rhodri Morgan in the blazing sunshine on Barry Island this week when he joined the man leading Labour's remain campaign Alan Johnson for an ice-cream and a walkabout.

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What's achievable for Carwyn Jones's new Welsh Government

Carwyn Jones

We are beginning to get a picture of what Carwyn Jones feels is achievable at the assembly without an overall majority, and with just one realistic partner in Plaid Cymru.

A number of early decisions have been made. The proposed ban on e-cigs in some public places will be dropped when the public health legislation, which collapsed spectacularly at the end of the last assembly term, is re-introduced.

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Guest blog: Risk-free reshuffle?

Did Carwyn Jones play it safe by not introducing new Labour backbenchers to the government? Or take a risk in welcoming a minister from a rival party? Here's a guest blog by our political correspondent Daniel Davies.

Carwyn Jones has been spared the hassle of having to sack anyone in this reshuffle.

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