Axel Kaehne, Chair of GORWEL, reflects on the Carnegie Challenge Debate at Cardiff Millenium Centre
Should Welsh local government reform also open up the opportunity for elected mayors? – Short Ideas Paper 3
As the Welsh Government puts forward its own White Paper on Reforming Local Government Nick Webb puts forward the case for also considering having elected mayors. In his short ideas paper for Gorwel entitled “An elected mayor in a time of local government change” – Nick argues that the time has come for Wales to seriously consider the case for having elected mayors. Please have a look at the paper to examine Nick’s ideas in more detail.
A Youth Assembly for Wales – Short Ideas Paper 4
A Youth Assembly for Wales – In this paper Theo Davies-Lewis argues that our nation seriously needs to consider the consequences of the failure to have a national Welsh Youth Assembly has on both youth engagement in politics in Wales and the nation’s youth standing in the rest of the United Kingdom.
“TIME FOR A REALISTIC PERSPECTIVE ON WALES”
WALES IS NOT AN ECONOMIC BASKET CASE OR LOST CAUSE.
IN ORDER TO HELP CREATE A SUCCESSFUL AND PROSPEROUS WALES THE FIRST MINISTER AND SECRETARY OF STATE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER AND ALSO TO SET UP NEW BODY (“COUNCIL OF SAINT DAVID”) TO INVITE NEW IDEAS AND FRESH APPROACHES.
The Discussion Paper, published by Gorwel, the independent think tank, entitled “Time for a realistic perspective on Wales” argues that Wales is not an economic basket case or lost cause and whilst there is significant scope for improvement, there is little reason why with sensible policies and careful stewardship Wales cannot thrive.
The authors believe that Wales is too great a nation to limit itself to small dreams, and that the current re-evaluation of political structures and relationships as part of the devolution process gives the ideal opportunity to look to build a Wales we can all be proud of.
The Paper states that in order to succeed in creating a successful and prosperous Wales there is a need for fresh ideas and new approaches rather than continuing with well-meaning political rhetoric and policies that have not worked.
The authors invite the Secretary of State for Wales and the First Minister of Wales to have the courage to work closely together across the political divide to ensure that Wales has the leadership and consistent direction it deserves.
The Paper highlights the need for fresh ideas and new approaches if Wales is to be globally competitive and have effective public services. The authors suggest that the Secretary of State and the First Minister jointly convene an annual “Council of Saint David” whereby experienced and successful individuals from all aspects of life within Wales, but who fall outside the party political arena, have the opportunity to contribute to the future of Wales.
“The future of Wales doesn’t belong to the faint hearted, it belongs to the brave.”
“We are too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams.”
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Size Doesn’t Matter – but they keep telling us it does – Short Ideas Paper 5
In this article Professor Colin Copus argues that the obsession held by Welsh policy-makers with increases in council size as a way of securing enhanced efficiency and effectiveness flies in the face of evidence and such size increases could fatally undermine community cohesion and engagement.
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BREXit Wales and the Future – Short Ideas Paper 6
Professor Colin Copus and Lord Michael German fought on opposite sides of the recent referendum campaign. In this Good Ideas Series paper, written specifically for Gorwel the two authors provide some ideas and viewpoints about what they now see as the future for Wales in a period of BREXit. Both pieces are very much the authors own ideas and do not represent those of Gorwel or the institutions to which they are both attached. They have been written with the notion of promoting some much needed discussion on where Wales will be going in what is sure to be a challenging period.
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Why there is now an opportunity for bold leadership in Wales by Nick Webb – Short Ideas Paper 7
Is there still a future for Europeans in Wales post Brexit? by Michael Arapis – Short Ideas Paper 8
A Plea for Pan-generational Fairness by Huw Evans – Short Ideas Paper 9
This short paper considers intergenerational and future generation fairness and asserts that, due to the focus of each, the two are not looked at holistically. It argues the need for an holistic approach and that this should be applied to political discourse and social policy formulation. The term ‘pan-generational fairness’ is suggested as appropriate to reflect that holistic approach. At the end, related questions are asked to promote debate.
Regional AMs and Representative Democracy by Huw Evans – Short Ideas Paper 10
In the 2016 elections to the National Assembly Wales (NAW) Dafydd Elis-Thomas and Mark Reckless were returned as Assembly members (AMs) – Elis-Thomas as a constituency AM and Reckless as a regional AM. Each represented a political party but subsequently left the party and continued to sit as an AM. This paper (which is not about the individuals) suggests that the legal implications arising are different between each type of AM and that there are ramifications for representative democracy.
Mind your language | A short report into Wales, Brexit and the study of Modern Foreign Languages
The main findings of this research are that the study of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) is in a serious state of decline in Wales with little sign that it will increase in the short term. In turn, Brexit will have a significant impact on the way Welsh businesses interact with their partners across the globe and on the level of, and type of demand for, the use of foreign languages. Wales currently exports a significant percentage of its goods and services to European Union member states. Many of these exports are to nation states which do not have English as their native language. At the same time the so-called “Brexit benefit” of being outside of the EU to build up new and existing economic relations will require the development of foreign language ability. Therefore, the need to encourage far greater study of MFL amongst at least the business and commercial population is central to Wales thriving as an international trading nation.