Let all the world in every corner sing?

By Siân Jones ‘Just two more Sundays’, said a church-going friend hopefully to me after the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday. For fifteen months, churchgoers across the UK have sat through church services, desperate to let rip with a hearty rendition of ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’. Now, with the end of most Covid restrictions…

Where now for Wales? Senedd Elections 2021 and beyond

By Sian Jones By any measure, this was a remarkable result for Welsh Labour. After 22 years in power in Cardiff Bay, they equalled their best-ever Senedd performance, winning half of the Senedd’s 60 seats. The incumbency effect that benefited governments across the UK in last Thursday’s elections was much in evidence as voters decided…

Drakeford’s vaccine shambles

By Siân Jones When Wales’ First Minister, Mark Drakeford, let slip at the end of a drawn-out press conference last Friday that he was deliberately holding back supplies of the Pfizer vaccine so it would last until the first week of February, the media were incredulous. Why was the Welsh Government more concerned about keeping…

Two-week national lockdown imposed in Wales

By Sian Jones Lockdown, not lockstep, was the order of the day when Wales’ First Minister, Mark Drakeford, announced a two-week national shutdown in Wales – a policy thus far rejected by Boris Johnson’s Westminster Government.  Apparently anxious to create a clear dividing line with not just the policies, but the language, of his UK…

Letter from… Cardiff

By Sian Jones As Wales enjoys a final flourish of late summer weather, it feels almost inconceivable that a second coronavirus lockdown could soon be on the horizon. Yet that’s exactly what the Welsh Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, announced this week, as face masks finally became mandatory in Welsh shops and Wales’ own version of…

The State of the Union

By Tim Le Couilliard, Newgate Public Affairs A Panelbase poll published today has confirmed what many Conservative ministers have been fearing: that the Union of the four nations in the United Kingdom is looking more and more fragile.  Early in the lockdown there was a suggestion, first mooted by Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford that…

Letter from … Cardiff

By Siân Jones, Associate Partner Wales’ long incarceration came to an end this week. Well, almost. After weeks of being confined to a five-mile radius of our homes, beauty spots such as Pembrokeshire, Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons are now open to visitors. Cardiff Airport has finally reopened. The virus appears to be in retreat,…

Letter from… Cardiff

By Sian Jones, Associate Partner Temperatures are rising, spring flowers are in full bloom, the sun is sparkling on the sea, but Wales remains resolutely closed to all comers – with little prospect of that changing any time soon.  Opinion on Wales’ continuing strict lockdown is divided. With scientists raising concerns about a ‘second wave’…

Our choirs have been silenced – but we need them more than ever

By Siân Jones, Associate Partner “Thro’ all the tumult and the strifeI hear the music ringing;It finds an echo in my soul—How can I keep from singing?” For all those who love choral singing, the words of Robert Wadsworth Lowry’s hymn have felt particularly apt during this pandemic.  It was recently revealed that 45 members…