Robert Owen on his 250th Birthday – A Very Modern Socialist

Today it is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Owen, the socialist pioneer from Newtown who along with figures such as fellow countryman Richard Price, the feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, and his French counterparts Charles Fourier and Henri de Saint-Simon, did so much to establish the principles and foundation stones for modern progressive politics, …

A Problem called Abolish

The most depressing incident of the election campaign for me was receiving a piece of Abolish the Assembly ‘literature’ through our post box.  It was a leaflet calling for the abolishment of the Senedd on the basis that it has legislated for sex education in schools. As well as illuminating a little of the elasticity …

The Land that Lost its Values

For those who grew up in Aberystwyth and the surrounding area, the National Library is a building and institution that is integral to the landscape and the memory it shaped. As a school child this is a place you visited in awe and hushed silence, to take a look at William Morgan’s Bible, the embodiment …

Light shining out of darkness

The darkest hour comes before the dawn. These are words we would do well to remember, as we are plunged into the depths of the COVID-19 crisis. After the excruciating end to the Brexit debacle (whichever side of the fence you were on) and then the widespread flooding, another old saying springs to mind – …

The democracy killers

Back in October, following the prorogation of the Westminster Parliament, we were provided with a short, sharp account of the limits of British democracy on this blog – exposing the extent to which it falls short of the ideal and how open it is to abuses. With little over a week to go until the …

A Brexit escape route for Wales?

A few weeks ago a most unusual occurrence came to pass. The Guardian ran a piece that focused some of its attention on Wales. Whatsmore, despite Brexit being its focus, it did not involve another of those narratives about a journey into the Heart of Darkness – the latest attempt to find out why the …