Nick Servini

Nick Servini Political editor, Wales

My take on what’s happening in Welsh politics and how it affects your life

Political footballs

Good news. The latest set of figures on cancer treatment in Wales has improved.

You could argue that's not very impartial of me. After all, from a political perspective these figures are more encouraging for Labour and less so for the opposition parties.

But how on earth can an improving set of cancer figures be anything other than good news if you live in Wales?

To be fair, I don't think there are any opposition parties out there keenly wishing for standards of care to deteriorate.

But this gets to the nub of something I hear a lot of, and that is how to take politics out of the NHS.

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Looking to buy

The £52m buy out of Cardiff Airport is an acquisition many people are aware of.

It was, after all, the most high-profile purchase the Welsh government has ever undertaken.

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Only four months to go

The result of the general election may be unpredictable but the themes have been unsurprising in the opening days of a marathon campaign. The economy and health have dominated.

The Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb made his first set-piece speech of the year to business leaders in Cardiff.

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Christmas cheer?

Stephen Crabb, Baroness Randerson and Alun Cairns
Ministers Stephen Crabb, Baroness Randerson and Alun Cairns get in the festive spirit

The Welsh Secretary and his ministers may have been donning their festive jumpers but there wasn't much goodwill towards Carwyn Jones when they spoke to reporters for their end of year briefing.

Let's start with Wales' under-funding. The economist Gerry Holtham wrote a report in 2010 saying that the Welsh government was short-changed by £300m.

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Carwyn Jones: Five years in

So did we learn anything new from my interview with the First Minister on his fifth anniversary?

One of the more striking things he said was that he doesn't know what the NHS and education services would look like in 2020 after another five years of Conservative-led austerity.

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The art of persuasion

Was it ever realistic to expect a major shake-up of councils to be carried out as a result of negotiation and persuasion?

This seems to me the key question we should use in how we judge the First Minister's attempts to re-organise them.

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Tax and spend

I don't suppose it was foremost in George Osborne's mind when he put together the Autumn Statement but his transformation of stamp duty has rained on the parade of the new Welsh treasury team.

Stamp duty is due to be devolved in three years and it was going to be the first high-profile Welsh-designed tax that would have been far more progressive than in England.

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What's on offer

We have finally got an answer to a question many of us have been trying to get from the first minister for a while.

The question is whether he actually wants control over income tax?

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The pub test

The big question now is whether the Independent Remuneration Board will listen to any of the concerns expressed so far about the proposed 18% pay rise for assembly members after 2016.

The clue is in the title. It's an independent body so it is not obliged to listen to the concerns before it makes its final recommendation next year.

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Fly on the wall over pay

It's not often I say this but I'd love to be a fly on the wall at the party group meetings at the Assembly on Tuesday morning.

That will be the first chance for AMs to discuss the recommendation of the independent remuneration board to give them a £10,000 rise in basic pay.

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About Nick

Nick became political editor after a six-year stint as the business correspondent, during which he covered the full impact of the recession and the financial crisis in Wales.

Born in Aberdare, Nick studied philosophy at Southampton University before training as a newspaper reporter. He worked at the South Wales Echo and the Welsh Mirror.

He joined the BBC in 2001 and worked in the radio newsroom in London before moving to Cardiff and reporting extensively for the Good Morning Wales programme on Radio Wales.

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