Abolish the prince of Wales. Let’s build a democratic republic.

In 1952 Britain was a largely deferential society that enforced a stifling conformity. When Elizabeth II reached the throne, neither Wales nor the Welsh language had any constitutional status. The …

Who is Russell Goodway? Cardiff’s Arena “mastermind” and puppetmaster

If you ask one or two in the know about Cardiff Council and its machinations, it’s quite possible you’ll hear words to the effect of ‘It’s not Huw Thomas who …

From land grabbing to the housing crisis: Nid yw Cymru ar werth

Real Wild Estates Company and the French mega-corporation L’Oreal Groupe, recently met to discuss plans to buy up land to rewild. They are explicitly looking to profit from forms of …

The Labour-Plaid deal is the faintest outline of a Wales beyond neoliberalism

On the surface, the deal announced this week between the two parties represents a real break with the status quo. Bringing in rent controls, caps on second homes and new …

Covid-19 in Wales: 18 months of social murder

Image by youtookthatwell This week, a major parliamentary report has heavily criticised the UK’s initial response to the Covid-19 outbreak, calling it one of the UK’s worst ever public health …

Wales is not for sale: We need special housing measures to defend our communities

Below is a translation and adaption of the speech I gave to the ‘Wales is Not for Sale’ rally on the Trwyeryn dam on the 10th July. I’ve added some …

“Freedom Day”: a very British self-deception

The new English Health Minister Sajid Javid has announced that on the 19th of July Boris Johnson will stand in front of the English people, barefaced, and proclaim “freedom”. England …

Professor Silvia Federici on socialism, feminism and care (video)

This discussion was recorded on Sunday 2nd May 2021. Here’s the original blurb for the event: Silvia Federici is a feminist writer, teacher and militant. In 1972 she was cofounder …

In conversation with Sioned Williams – “I don’t come from a family of politicians, but I do come from a political family”

“It is key that the Left explains to its supporters that a vote for Labour is effectively a wasted one when it comes to the second vote.” With the election …

The Rhondda’s Next Step by Leanne Wood – a review

“The Welsh make and remake Wales day by day and year after year. If they want to. ” – Gwyn Alf Williams Where stands socialism in turbulent present-day Wales? A …

Radical independence cause makes gains in Catalonia

Radical independence forces made significant gains in last week’s parliamentary elections in Catalonia, as the pro-independence vote shifted measurably to the left. Turnout declined because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but …

A social wage for parents and carers, a national carers’ pension, and a National Care Service for Wales

If ever there was a time when childcare, and care work more generally, has been thrown into the spotlight then the current pandemic is definitely it. In addition to unexpected …