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".

16.36

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?

16.48

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?

17.02

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

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    Comment number 79.

    #78 Quite. You will note that I never said I hadn't pinged anyone. I merely said I hadn't pinged those I reasonably believed hadn't pinged me.

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    Comment number 78.

    Boxer I can say with complete honesty I have never complained to the Mods about anyone. I may not agree with what is being said but I will defend anyone being able to say it. That is of course what you meant about prosecuting. Incidentally why do you need to defend yourself. I haven't said you have pinged. Remember our Welsh and French debate Box. Mind you there is only one other person who could.

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    Comment number 77.

    BTW Just a thought. Those that live by the moderators , die by the moderators. I don't think Alf or John have ever prosecuted, and co-incidently, I have never pinged them. Mab usually vanished before I could even read his contributions.

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    Comment number 76.

    #70 If Monmouth did go would the English Gov. pay for the WM school in Abergavenny?'. Who knows. I don't even know what parties - or coalition - would form the Government at that time. The present lot would 'encourage ' it to form an Academy.
    #72 'My comments are being moderated every time ' Oddly enough, I did try explaining the rules but 'being considered' [My #57 ] I wonder who did that ?

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    Comment number 75.

    ... during 2008/9 it was reported that Conservative leader said WAG has not done enough to lift problems areas in Wales out of destitution, he added ...

    “We have a massive budget but instead the Assembly Government chooses to spend it on its pet schemes. (Wales Online 2009/06/11)

    ... little has changed it seems, although our fox has time.

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    Comment number 74.

    Read my post again Woodsey, I said on inception, which was before Britain's current economic woes, and of course no part of Britain is isolated from international events.
    Yes agree NHS in England facing problems but I believe such issues will be better resolved both sides of the dyke by an all Britain approach. We are in difficult times I agree but devolution does nothing to change that.

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    Comment number 73.

    71.Celticace
    Nothing to do with the present economic climate of course. Which the English Gov. are always blaming. But being the WG we can't say that The latest report on the Engl. NHS. no Guardian Angel there I can assure you. Education is no better unless you are in a Public School. The only people thriving in England are in the SE. Well how is that for reducing the standard of living?

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    Comment number 72.

    69.alfsplace1986
    My comments are being moderated every time and yet his can't be. Obviously Horse play. Leaving site its full of people who have no interest in discussion and knock anything Welsh at every opportunity. I must live in a different World to them. Obviously Cameron doing something I've missed for Wales

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    Comment number 71.

    On its inception per capita income in Wales fell, well someone has to pay for it, and it has not gone up proportionally since. Human capital is being destroyed by poor education, and health problems speak for themselves. Now are education and health not devolved? Well how that for reducing the standard of living?

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    Comment number 70.

    67.Boxer_the_Horse
    Is that all your argument is based on, Monmouthshire saying No despite every other county saying Yes .If it wants to go then it has the democratic right to join the region of England as does all the other Counties to stay part of the Country of Wales. If Monmouth did go would the English Gov. pay for the WM school in Abergavenny

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    Comment number 69.

    Boxer you mentioned SL being NS but when I mentioned certain Royals and upper class people along with Politicians of the time being the same. I was banned for stating historical facts. Odd world isn't it.

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    Comment number 68.

    65.Boxer_the_Horse
    I'll leave think that one over. Obviously in denial.
    66.Celticace
    What has WG done to reduce the standard of living?

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    Comment number 67.

    #64 'We can keep on having one until it suits you views. Thank goodness democracy prevailed TWICE and the majority view prevailed.'
    Quite so. But in the referendum, you may remember, the support from Monmouthshire was -shall we say - much less vociferous. And if you feel that the other Welsh counties can express a wish to leave the UK, why should Mon'shire not stay ? Wales - a geographic term

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    Comment number 66.

    I don't agree. Westminster has not failed Britain or Wales. As part of Britain Wales has prospered and enjoys a standard of living that can only be the envy of the vast majority on this planet. Devolution has done nothing to enhance this standard of living, in fact it acts to reduce it. Together Britain is stronger.

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    Comment number 65.

    #62 'So you never accused my Grandfather of being an Irish Nationalist ?' Oddly, enough, I have not the slightest interest in your grandfather. And I don't see that describing him as an Irish Nationalist would be an accusation. Is not Plaid 'the National party of Wales' ?
    Now, a follower of that nasty piece of work, Eamon de Valera, that would be an accusation.

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    Comment number 64.

    63.Boxer_the_Horse
    proper referendum.

    We can keep on having one until it suits you views. Thank goodness democracy prevailed TWICE and the majority view prevailed.

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    Comment number 63.

    #53 'Always thought it joined England to Wales ' Wishful thinking. You might like it if the international frontier were down the centre of the Severn, but it isn't.
    Personally, following a proper referendum, I believe it would probably lie on the Glamorgan / Monmouth border. But then the Marches have always been disputed.

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    Comment number 62.

    59.Celticace
    Westminster has failed Wales.I have had no evidence presented on this or any blog to make me change that view. What Nation? We wouldn't have one if certain people had their way.
    57.Boxer_the_Horse
    So you never accused my Grandfather of being an Irish Nationalist

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    Comment number 61.

    59.Celticace
    In my opinion Westminster has failed Wales. I have had no evidence presented on this or any blog to make me change that view. Perhaps if we threaten independence like Scotland then we get lots of concessions from DC.

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    Comment number 60.

    #56 'I have never read anyone referring to anyone else as a Nazi'
    I have never referred to a contributor as a Nazi. However, I frequently point out that Saunders Lewis was undoubtedly a Nazi sympathiser, and often get the comment moderated off, despite this being a historic fact. Not many Welshmen tried to recruit for Franco during the Spanish Civil War.

 

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