Responding to response times

The first minister knew that reviewing ambulance targets was a risky move, says BBC Wales political correspondent and guest blogger Daniel Davies.

In September 2013 Carwyn Jones said NHS performance targets would be reviewed.

As it happens, the following month was the last time the Welsh ambulance service hit its target to reach 65% of the most serious Category A emergency calls within eight minutes.

This is risky political ground for Labour. The first minister acknowledged as much on the Sunday Politics Wales programme in January 2014.

"Well, we can't review the targets until we've met them," he told me.

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Communists for Corbyn?

Guest blogger Daniel Davies says one of Britain's communist parties blames another faction for alleged infiltration of the Labour party.

"It's really a bit silly, a bit Life of Brian," says Robert Griffiths, general secretary of the Communist Party.

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Prime Minister David Cameron at the Royal Welsh Show

I'm at the Royal Welsh Show where David Cameron has made his third visit to the showground in a year.

He was at last year's event, then he came to a pre-election rally here at a time when the polls said he was neck-and-neck with Ed Miliband.

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Golden goodbyes

Everyone is distancing themselves from the voluntary redundancy package of more than £230,000 to a senior Welsh government official.

It's an acknowledgement of how toxic such a payment is at a time of austerity.

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RIFW, what next?

For sale sign with Welsh government logo in a field
An assembly committee begins an inquiry in the autumn into what went wrong at RIFW

So what happens next to the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales?

It was suspended after the Wales Audit Office began what was its most complex ever investigation.

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Politics on tour

Carwyn Jones takes questions
Carwyn Jones takes questions from voters at a Labour-sponsored meeting in Gorseinon

Tomos Livingstone writes a guest blog on an outbreak of politicians going on tour to take their messages directly to the people.

With less than a year before the next assembly elections, it seems you're no-one in Cardiff Bay unless you've been on a tour of Wales.

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Metro and M4

There won't be a Welsh government cabinet reshuffle ahead of the assembly election in the light of the decision by the economy minister Edwina Hart to retire from politics next year.

It means she can plough on with the kind of transport projects she would undoubtedly like to leave as her legacy.

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Life after Edwina

When Edwina Hart became the economy minister, the joke doing the rounds among business leaders was whether, after years ruling out the use of the private sector in the Welsh NHS, she would do the same in the Welsh economy.

It was always going to be a meeting of two worlds giving someone with such a strong trade union background that brief.

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Critical week for councils

We are approaching what could be a critical week for the future of councils in Wales.

Council leaders gather in Swansea next Thursday for the Welsh local government association annual conference.

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Repair relationship

I was expecting a highly detailed and technical statement from the health minister Mark Drakeford about the measures to improve health services in north Wales.

Instead, I was struck by how much of the detail of the special measures imposed on Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board relate to the need to listen and repair the relationship between the board and the public.

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