Wales in 2012 - the year of ...



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 39.

    34: If poster Celticace actively campaigns to kill off a language whilst quoting his hostility to be described by his ethnic origin the tag mentioned is just even though his ignorance of the fact that the description British was exclusively used to describe solely the native Cymro people ( the Welsh) by the Romans and no others as the English didn't exist and the Irish Scoti were still in Ulster.

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    Comment number 36.

    32: Alf: We are all forced from birth to speak English and in extreme circumstances at the end of a whip or cane. It makes my blood boil when these clowns say Welsh is forced when all we require is equality for a language once percecuted by English decree. Why is language racism the acceptable face of prejudice in 2012?

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    Comment number 31.

    30: This from a person who said he never regarded himself as Welsh in a past post but attacks me for lambasting a buffoon for language hate towards Cymraeg. Do you hear me attacking the use of English? Answer: NO but I do attack you and others use xenophobic rhetoric towards Welsh or Wales in general. Is it April the 1st already as the clowns are out and about?

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    Comment number 29.

    28: And your post was a virtue of peace and goodwill and in no way full of menace towards anothers native language. 2013 will fast approach but you remain in the past, ignorant and full of bile. I on the other hand have a clear conscience, happy in the fact that you hate so much to the point of having an ulcer not to mention the progression of Devolution. Happy Xmas Mr Scrooge!

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    Comment number 20.

    19 That man!!!!!!!! please if I put on here what any Welsh person worth their salt thought of him and I don't mean Lloyd George. I would be banned for life from here. The mention of the name raises the hair on the back of my head. This comment probably won't even get past the first hurdle. Aghhhhh!!!!!


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