RESHUFFLE! Well, sort of.


You should always reshuffle your cabinet on a nice, Spring day when the sun is shining, a good time for a fresh start - or so said an adviser to Carwyn Jones a few months ago.

Mind you , he also said the First Minister believes his cabinet should be given two full years to prove themselves.

It is a nice Spring day.

First official tweet:

New Health Minister - Mark Drakeford. Surprise reshuffle, perhaps. No surprise at all in who take over at health. So much for the argument that said Lesley Griffiths was "the safest cabinet member of all" because the First Minister could not be seen to admit to a weakness in that brief or all. Will she get a job? FM low on women in his cabinet if not.

Best unofficial tweet care of @mikeparkerwales: "Just as well they don't use white smoke to announce the Welsh Govt reshuffle or they'd have to film it in England."

We have the answer: Lesley Griffiths stays in the cabinet as Local Government Minister. Another big portfolio. Out of the frying pan into the fire?

An unofficial suggestion that the former Local Government Minister, Carl Sargeant goes to Housing.

We're being told the reshuffle is a 'restructure' as well but that doesn't mean a huge change in personnel.

Another official tweet: Gwenda Thomas remains Deputy Minister for Social Services - not the time for change as she steers through the Social Services bill.

16 03

#reshuffle is trending on Twitter ... in Cardiff. Not sure what exactly that tells you.

16.16 Janice Gregory remains Chief Whip ... and Edwina Hart arrives at Cathays Park. Our colleagues standing outside report "no cheery wave".


No cheery wave but Edwina Hart still has her job - and more. She is now Minister for Economy, Science ... and Transport is back in the brief. But Business? Where's that gone?


The unofficial suggestion that Huw Lewis leaves Housing proves right. He will now be in charge of Communities and Tackling Poverty. Both he and Edwina Hart - former leadership contenders - survive then. Carl Sargeant does indeed go to Housing and Regeneration and is "very pleased". It is, he says, a vote of confidence in him from the First Minister.

So: Education, Education, Education?


It's Leighton Andrews. Despite the many rumours that a new job would be carved out for him - Business and Budget seemed the favourite - he stays put to forge ahead with, if not finish, what he started.

So on a fine spring day - it's more fine tuning than anything else, though Carwyn Jones will hope his refreshed cabinet will get its message across with renewed vigour - and more success.

Jane Hutt stays in charge of finance, John Griffiths stays too but takes over as Minister for Culture and Sport. Should we start calling this a mini-reshuffle - or simply the day Carwyn Jones sacked hisHhealth Minister? What will the more ambitious AMs on Labour's backbenches call it we're starting to wonder?

You'll find the changes to the cabinet in full here.

Betsan Powys, Political editor, Wales Article written by Betsan Powys Betsan Powys Former political editor, Wales

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    Comment number 59.

    I am of the opinion devolution has failed us as a nation, and is not working. We need to stop and take stock. I have had no evidence presented on this or any blog to make me change that view.

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    Comment number 58.


    I have been referred to as a Nazis and Nationalist several times by a certain blogger and my grandfather accused of fighting for Irish Freedom. Look at previous articles. I don't lie

  • Comment number 57.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 56.

    Have to admit even when I don't contribute I often read the board, I have never read anyone referring to anyone else as a Nazi. I have pointed out on one or two occasions that some views expressed are fascist or neo- fascist in content. To point out such is not wrong. Perhaps I do not add much to the debate but I am willing to accept arguments backed by evidence.. cont

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    Comment number 55.

    Brining little to a debate is not a reason to ban someone. Every one has a right think the way they do. Who can say any of us brings great thinking to any debate on here. Belittling someone is lowering the standard in any debate and debases the person that criticises another. I have been guilty of it myself I have to admit .

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    Comment number 54.

    Always thought with a debate you listened to both sides of the argument. If you are Welsh Speaking and have a view then you get your comment removed. Its funny how you can get called a Nazis and a Nationalist and not get removed I wouldn't say you've exactly lighted up the night sky. Prob removed again

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    Comment number 53.

    43.John Tyler

    Always thought it joined England to Wales

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    Comment number 52.

    I wondered why your posts were removed Woodsey, I thought they were childish but wondered if they merited removal and why. still, they were removed, but not through me referring them to anyone. Possibly removed because they brought little to the debate?

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    Comment number 51.

    But John there are always comments on here critical of LA so perhaps the people of the Rhondda feel the same. Time will tell. Let's be honest LA. now who is his wife again. Capitalist against leftist. Should be interesting though.

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    Comment number 50.

    I'd start a discussion but if you disagree with some ones views then they refer you to the moderator. TRUE WALES

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    Comment number 49.

    #48 That's very cynical, John. Annoyed with myself that it didn't occur to me. I can't see why the SoS would want to do her or PC a favour, however. Unless it is just to annoy Carwyn.
    However, Kai Lung say ' It is a mistake to burn down your own residence even to annoy your mother-in-law ' [Quote is unchecked].

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    Comment number 48.

    ... the answer to the bridge conundrum might be to remove the toll booths as soon as the current contract ends, no fees no fuss.

    The Plaid leader made her announcement some time ago, had she been in conference with the Conservative SoS for Wales I wonder, did she know a grand gesture would be possible without losing her sinecure ?

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    Comment number 47.

    #46 The really interesting question now is, will she throw off the safety belt and go for it, or will she hedge her bets and insure her political career by being on the party list as well.
    On the bridges, I don't see it will be politically possible - even if the west end were in Wales - to do other than divide the revenues between England and Wales.

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    Comment number 46.

    'How can it be True Wales if all do is they keep hanging on to English coat tails'.
    They are a group that raises real concerns with regard devolution. Far from a joke they appear to be asking pertinent and relevant questions. Just because they don't share your view does not make them a joke. They say Britain is stronger together, I agree. Nothing to do with English coat tails there!

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    Comment number 45.

    ... I agree Boxer, to me there are lessons to be learned from the current financing arrangements, when we build a bridge it should be a community project, and the whole community (Britain) should pay, it shouldn't matter where the project is, the Humber bridge for example.

    ... I see the Plaid leader intends to stand in the Rhondda, Leighton Andrews must be shaking in his shoes ....

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    Comment number 44.

    #43 I stand corrected John, but that strengthens my point. Wales might like the revenues from Heathrow to go to subsidise Cardiff Airport. Andrew Davies might suggest it, and get a majority, but it wouldn't happen.
    I don't object to the bridge tolls coming to Wales. Just will someone suggest a possible mechanism. I don't rule out some minor boundary changes.

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    Comment number 43.

    ... the bridge Boxer, I think you'll find that both sides of the Severn bridges, old and new, are in Britain.

    Of concern is the effect tolls have on our the economic life.

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    Comment number 42.

    ' True Wales are an essential element of Wales democracy'
    The problem on this site is that many think something is democratic if everybody in Wales votes for it. Whether or not the desired thing belongs to Wales or the action is within the competence of WG ministers. ake the M48 Old Severn bridge. Parties appear agreed that its tolls should be devolved to Wales. But both sides are in England!

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    Comment number 41.

    40.John Tyler

    Pity we didn't have an insight into Westminster. I see the House of Lords is allowing cooks and waiters to be sacked in order to keep their meal cheap in their Ivory Tower. David Jones has to come back from his freebee in Japan promoting Wales( Ha Ha) to vote on Monday

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    Comment number 40.

    ... #38, True Wales are an essential element of Wales democracy, they asked many questions prior to the last referendum that gained a valuable insight into our Cardiff Bay politics, for example ...

    .. it's not about more AMs

    This clarion call has proved to be far of the mark, who would remind the electorate if it were not for organisations such as True Wales ..... the silence would be.....


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