Wales in 2012 - the year of ...

 

2012

First, some firsts:

The first Act passed by the Assembly, the first visit by the Welsh government and the Assembly to the Supreme Court in London, the first woman elected to lead Plaid, the first tranche of the Silk Commission's work done and - they hope - not left on a shelf to be dusted in years to come.

Labour flew through the local elections. only to land slightly awkwardly when the very first Police Commissioners were elected.

Definitely not firsts? Floods again, more dire economic predictions, the row over child abuse in North Wales rekindled and Awema, the 19th report in a row from the Wales Audit Office criticising the way the Welsh government deals with grant management.

2012 gave rise to a new double act in Westminster - Smith and Jones. Owen and David will take up the cudgels again come 2013. In Cardiff, the rumoured first shake up of Carwyn Jones' cabinet never came. Will there be one after Christmas, he was asked last week? "There is nothing planned" he said, "though after Christmas is pretty open ended ..."

Differences borne from devolution grew in 2012 - what it is to learn, qualify, teach in Wales and England will diverge all the more in 2013. What it is to fall ill, prevent, treat and care in Wales and England looked increasingly distinctive too.

2013? Feel free to predict what it'll bring.

Until then, a very merry Christmas to you all, with a special mention and an extra glass or two for the cheery lot who've kept the comments flowing all year long.

Nadolig llawen i chi un ag oll a blwyddyn newydd dda!

 
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    Comment number 77.

    #75 'Boxer it is the Law of the land '
    We also have the Children's Commissioner for Wales. I don't recall him drafting a 50 item report which he then passed to the elected representatives with a peromptary timetable to turn the action points into legislation. MH's mandate is perceived to be onwards and upwards for ever. Not equality: not choice but total immersion.

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    Comment number 76.

    Hi John. Glad you are with us. Have you read Merri Huws' report? And do you think I am being paranoid in finding her tone profoundly undemocratic ?
    There seems little long-term future in Wales for the Anglophon. And in the still longer term, little prospect of investment by either English or overseas financiers.
    It might be wiser to look at Scottish outcomes before burning too many bridges.

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    Comment number 75.

    Humm Boxer it is the Law of the land decided by a Westminster Government and the Law Lords.. So Schools are legally bound to teach it as a core subject. So 'Commissar Huws' is only stating the facts as the law stands. learning another language is always useful. If nothing else it helps you to understand and learn about the culture it belongs to. It is not just about getting jobs

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    Comment number 74.

    #49 'you do not have the right to stop others from being taught their birthright.'
    Nor would I seek such a right. But why does Commisar Huws decide that she has the right to decide to over-ride the views of the parents who decide rationally that learning Welsh is neither useful nor the birthright of their child ?? Welsh provision for the parents that want it? Yes ! Welsh-medium for all ? No!!

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    Comment number 73.

    ... "the hardship of the Valleys", MG is ill-informed, was directly related to size, the size of the coal seams and the decision not to follow the continental dram size (much larger), the consequences for the South Wales mines was to become uneconomic. This many decades before coal from Australia and SA destroyed British coal, with the help of Arthur Scargill.

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    Comment number 72.

    MabionGLyndwr @ 53.

    By the way, MabionGlyndwr, I did NOT report your post. In fact, I hoped that the moderators would leave it as an example of your usual insulting and vulgar rantings.

    I suspect that the reason that mine was removed was because I had described the insults that you had left.

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    Comment number 71.

    Celt on that issue I am in full agreement with you it is insulting to the non Welsh speaker answering the phone and doubly insulting to the Welsh speaker on the other side.

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    Comment number 70.

    In 2013 may the Cymric nation witness the beginning of a new dawn as age old complexes, doubts and insecurities are unceremoniously cast aside and our people gripped by a righteous frenzy of confidence, creativity, industriousness and an all round overwhelming urge to 'make it happen (North)/'appen (South)' [apart from Fridays which will be half days only].

    Pob bendith dros yr Wyl i bawb.

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    Comment number 69.

    Thank you Boxer the Horse:0)

    Alf, the directive to non Welsh speaking colleagues to answer the phone in Welsh is a fact.
    I believe that is silly, but it is a fact, a fact which has plenty of substance in my view. I don't complain, I merely don't comply.

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    Comment number 68.

    Actually the only arguments which are silly ones against the Welsh language and anything Welsh with no substance are the ones that are on here. I can honestly say I have never ever heard anyone complain about it. You lot probably do because you force your bigotry on to people and they feel sorry for you and just to please you, pretend to agree. Sad and pityfull really. Truthfully we feel sorry.

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    Comment number 67.

    2013 winners? The snouts in the trough...

    2013 losers? The rest of us!

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    Comment number 66.

    #65 The post at #61 makes slightly more sense if you read it as 'to ease the poverty once the coal seams ran barren'
    BTW as a retired chemist, I can always come back with a retort - or even a Liebig condenser.

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    Comment number 65.

    61
    This post also makes little sense to me.

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    Comment number 64.

    #61 'The hardship of the Valleys was not down to the Welsh but of mal practise by mine owners.' Of course, all the mineowners were English!

    Sir Clifford John Cory, 1st Baronet (10 April 1859 – 3 February 1941) was a Welsh colliery owner ! Born & bred in Wales, son. Born & bred. And a baron. And the Butes were Scottish, of course. But don't let the facts ruin a good rant.

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    Comment number 63.

    Here's a year free from Welsh nationalism, from language fanatics and (I can dream) to getting rid of devolution!

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    Comment number 62.

    #57 Since your reference is to #49, another posting from MG, it would appear that you are talking to yourself again.

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    Comment number 61.

    58: More the point what’s your suffering to do with the Welsh Language or your inability to come back with a retort. The hardship of the Valleys was not down to the Welsh but of mal practise by mine owners & London who did nothing to ease the poverty once the coal seams ran baron but you use a patronising sob story and failed to see that your attack was akin to showing a bird how to fly.

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    Comment number 60.

    So my post at 55 gets removed as I mention that a certain person makes coarse and vulgar suggestions towards me.

    Oh well, it's a funny old world.

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    Comment number 59.

    55: My oh my? The hand of Censorship reeks and the one who points it out had the hand on the trigger! No worries but if that offended you well you must be a delicate bloom although you have used filthy Xenophobic language towards Welsh and you had a taste of your own medicine which you rightly deserved. The old saying goes cut the head off a Hydra and another will grow!

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    Comment number 58.

    Your post 57 makes absolutely no sense at all to me.

 

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