Nick Servini

Nick Servini Political editor, Wales

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

M4 relief road: brave or reckless?

I've been covering the political fallout from the announcement late on Wednesday afternoon, by the Transport Minister Edwina Hart, that a £1bn relief road is going to be built south of Newport, and what is clear is how polarised opinion is.

There are those, led by Plaid Cymru, who have called it reckless, while there are those, led by the CBI, who are delighted.

I don't want to be too cynical, but a bit of traffic chaos on the Brynglas tunnels in Newport over the next few days wouldn't do the Welsh government's cause any harm.

When it next happens, you can be sure that ministers will use it as justification to make what will be the largest single capital investment since the beginning of devolution.

And why not? After all, that's why the new road is being built, in order to stop big chunks of south east Wales grinding to a halt when there are serious problems.

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What does Welsh Secretary David Jones's departure mean?

One immediate question that springs to mind is what does David Jones' departure mean for relations between the Welsh and UK governments?

There was always going to be tension, after all one side is Labour and the other Conservative at a time when David Cameron has called Offa's Dyke "the line between life and death".

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Welsh Secretary David Jones out after cabinet reshuffle

David Jones pulled no punches when it came to the performance of the Welsh government...

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Williams Commission: not just lines on the map

It often comes up that I, and my colleagues in the media, are obsessed about lines on the map when it comes to reform of the public sector.

What they mean by that is local government reorganisation.

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'Yes Minister' - the importance of civil servants

There have been some fascinating elements to the Alun Davies story.

For a start it revealed the importance of ministers getting on with their civil servants.

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Joining forces: Local councils urged to merge

It's another significant week for council re-organisation before assembly members disappear for their summer holidays.

The Welsh government gives its official response to the Williams Commission which recommended that the existing 22 local authorities should be reduced by around half through a series of mergers.

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The minister, the email account, and the racetrack

Alun Davies and Carwyn Jones
Code breached - but no sacking for Alun Davies by the first minister

I'm told Carwyn Jones had to think hard about his decision not to sack his environment minister Alun Davies for breaking the ministerial code.

That would suggest it could have gone either way.

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Groundhog day on Valleys rail plans

I'm sure Jane Hutt would say she has had better starts to her working week than listening to the Welsh Secretary David Jones address hundreds of planning experts at a conference in Cardiff.

But Wales' finance minister was in the audience when Mr Jones started calling on her government to adopt the kind of reforms of the planning system that have been introduced in England.

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Full and frank debate

We've been given a strong indication of the state of the finances of our public services.

The Local Government Minister Lesley Griffiths has written to council leaders saying: "I would suggest you consider how you would respond to reductions of up to 4.5%."

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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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