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Borthlas · 2d ago

Overlooking the simple solution

In an attempt to move things along in the Brexit talks, the UK Government has been hintingthat it is ready to make new ‘concessions’ in relation to the rights of EU citizens.  The problem th...
Borthlas · 3d ago

Points of no return

One of the arguments put forward by those justifying their support for Brexit is that all the woes predicted by supporters of Remain have not come to pass; things aren’t nearly as bad as the...
Borthlas · 4d ago

Not depending on Labour

There are always dangers in ‘reading across’ from one situation to another; all countries have their own political traditions and experiences and those shape events and attitudes.  With that...
Borthlas · 5d ago

Challenging 'obvious' assumptions

Yesterday, ClickonWales published an article by Labour AM, Mike Hedges, arguing for a long-term devolution settlement for Wales.  Whilst thinking aloud by Labour politicians is generally som...
Borthlas · 6d ago

Beliefs and facts

Last week’s research findingsabout the unwillingness of people in Wales to lose anything as a result of Brexit are interesting, but there are dangers in the obvious interpretation.  A reluct...
Borthlas · 1W ago

Parties and politics in Wales

One aspect of the situation in Catalunya which has attracted a bit more attention in the light of recent events is that the independence movement there does not depend on only one political ...
Borthlas · 1W ago

Fudging answers

The media and opposition politicians are all being very beastly to the Prime Minister for failing to answer a simple enough question.  Failing to answer questions is what she does; why the s...
Borthlas · 1W ago

Nations, states, prisons and freedom

The strongly-worded statementon Catalunya by UK Foreign Minister Mark Field will inevitably disappoint independentistas, but in terms of the element of surprise it’s roughly on a par with a ...
Borthlas · 1W ago

Who's got the ball?

According to the Prime Minister, having made a few of what she calls concessions in her speech in Florence, the ball is now in the EU’s court; it’s their turn to make concessions.  It makes ...
Borthlas · 1W ago

Laws and legitimacy

At the heart of events in Catalunya is a difference of opinion about the legitimacy of laws and constitutions.  The legitimacy of the position taken by the central authorities in Madrid stem...