Wales

Brexit poses fresh problems for Welsh devolution

17 September 2017 10:00

Twenty years ago Wales (barely) said Yes to devolution. Despite a Welsh Assembly being supported by the wildly popular new…

The death of the Welsh Labour party appears to have been exaggerated

22 May 2017 19:19

Never underestimate the resilience of the Welsh Labour party. Up until now, this year’s general election had looked like it…

The rise and fall of Ukip in Wales

9 May 2017 10:55

Once upon a time the Welsh didn’t much care for the Kippers. In successive European elections (1999, 2004 and 2009),…

Why Wales decided to forgive the Tories

4 May 2017 14:11

The recent Welsh poll showing a ten-point Conservative lead in voting intentions for the forthcoming general election (and also, though…

Can Labour become a truly national party again?

24 April 2017 17:05

The latest polling marmalade dropper comes from Wales. Labour have won a majority of Welsh seats in every general election…

What were the Welsh thinking when they voted for Brexit?

12 March 2017 11:00

Goodness, Wales is gorgeous to look at. The landscape is sublime. I woke in Abergavenny to snow on the Black…

The Six Nations is the most exciting sport on the planet

18 February 2017 12:30

Perfection in sport: unattainable, but sometimes you can come close. Moments, people, actions you never tire of watching: Roger Federer’s…

If the single market is so great for Wales, why is it so poor?

23 January 2017 15:45

Industry will shrivel. Exports will dry up. The few remaining steel works will be closed down. And rugby will be…

The Spectator podcast: Erdogan’s Europe

6 May 2016 16:54

To subscribe to The Spectator’s weekly podcast, for free, visit the iTunes store or click here for our RSS feed.…

May 2016 elections: The Spectator guide

4 May 2016 18:38

Britain goes to the polls this week, as electoral contests take place in London, Scotland, Wales and across England. They’re…

Watch: Ukip candidate blames litter in Cardiff on migrants

18 March 2016 19:12

Oh dear. Gareth Bennett may soon regret his decision to appear on today’s Daily Politics. Bennett, who leads Ukip’s regional…

Household incomes are rising – but are Londoners really reaping the benefits?

16 February 2016 7:49

Household incomes have finally topped the levels they were at just after the financial crash. The average household in Britain…

Inside Ukip: now the infighting is over, the Kippers are readying for the battle of their lives

5 August 2015 16:21

Ukip has been especially quiet over the last few months. Following the party’s disappointing result in the general election, Nigel Farage’s…

England’s university tuition fees are working – to prove it, look at Wales

27 February 2015 14:20

I’ve just seen a poster from the NASUWT teaching union at a stall they have taken at this year’s Welsh Tory…

Dylan Thomas: speeches for Hitler, balderdash for Walton and the true meaning of Under Milk Wood

24 October 2014 11:11

My father came across Dylan Thomas in a Swansea pub in 1947. ‘Chap over there,’ said one of the regulars…

The NHS Wales disaster vindicates Tony Blair, not David Cameron

24 October 2014 11:09

As someone who believes that a Labour government would be a calamity for Britain, I ought not to mind the…

PMQs sketch: Cameron and Miliband squabble over the NHS, while saying nothing

22 October 2014 16:51

It didn’t work. But it was a good idea. David Cameron prepared an ambush for Ed Miliband at PMQs today.…

England’s real democratic deficit

17 September 2014 15:08

Do you remember what you were doing on Monday the 30th of June 2003? I do. I was in Parliament Square…

Why I am voting No

9 September 2014 16:02

Once upon a time, a long while ago, I lived in Dublin. It was a time when everything seemed possible…

After Scotland, whither Britain? Divorce is a costly business.

14 August 2014 17:48

If, like me, you missed Andrew Neil’s BBC programme exploring What the Hell Happens to the United Kingdom if Scotland Votes…

Is Ed Miliband’s Welsh tour wise?

20 June 2014 16:43

Ed Miliband is in Wales with the Shadow Cabinet today, and they’ve been busy praising the Labour government there for…

Wales, sleepwalking to independence?

14 May 2014 15:04

Independence is a fringe issue in Wales. Just 12 per cent of Welsh voters support it, and that figure has been…

Want to know what the UK will look like under Miliband? Look at Wales

12 May 2014 10:17

Today, Labour in Wales celebrate 15 years in power. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, party members will congratulate…

Will David Cameron insult the Welsh by sending them Maria Miller?

7 April 2014 16:28

The Maria Miller problem is not going away for the government. Tory MPs who went back to their constituencies over…

Wales is a nightmare vision of Ed Miliband’s Britain

3 March 2014 10:06

If politics was science, you would call Wales the ‘control’ group, for public service reform. Here is a country where…