2016 offers a significant opportunity for Wales; a chance to free our communities from Labour's rusty old shackles, clear potential for a fresh approach to public services and - ultimately - the real possibility of a successful new Wales.
Last Wednesday I went to Wales. Not for a typically British summer holiday (although we were all wearing waterproofs), but at the invitation of local campaigners of the United Valleys Action Group on the day Caerphilly County Council decided whether to approve or reject a proposed opencast coal mine at Nant Llesg.
To give future leaders an opportunity to become those leaders, the current crop of Welsh leaders must do many things. They must first stand up the constitutional tide approaching, securing a fair settlement for Wales, as well as making sure that they are more ambitious and enfranchise young people into politics
Yesterday, Welsh assembly members issued a long-overdue warning over the government's failure to effectively tackle poverty. While poverty in most regions of the UK has fallen in recent years, in Wales the figure has remained static.
Labour is in a state of crisis. In the opening weeks of Parliament, the SNP appears to be the main opposition to a Conservative Party which is set to push through its program of austerity and make significant changes to the way human rights operate in this country.
With great fanfare, National Trust has recently acquired the Great Orme. With 'Orme' being Viking for serpent, we have many sea serpents in Wales, including the National Trust ones at Worm's Head in the south and Ynys Lochtyn in the middle - we now have one guarding north Wales for us.
Most people couldn't pick Leanne Wood out of a line up of generally forgettable politicians. So with the General Election over and done with, is that it for Wales? Not quite. In 2016 those of us registered to vote in Wales will be heading back to the polling booths to vote in the Welsh Assembly elections.
In the weeks before the general election I echoed a number of other commentators (and some of the more realistic senior Labour figures) who predicted ...
Britain's E.U. debate focuses on the economics, so let's be clear the biggest cost of a Brexit would be losing the 8% (£150 billion) of the U.K. econ...
The numbers speak for themselves. Hydro-electric power is currently the only renewable energy capable of replacing fossil fuels and it's about time we had a party in government that's going to get serious about cutting the UK's carbon footprint.
Dog faeces is not only capable of spreading diseases Neosporosis and Sarcocystosis to innocent farm animals, but also contains E. coli and Salmonella, together with a possible array of common life-threatening parasites including hookworm, tapeworm, and roundworm.
During tonight's seven-way TV debate, you're going to hear a lot of strange things from some of the smaller parties. Big unaffordable plans, and wild utopian visions. However, nothing will be more at odds with reality than Leanne Wood's claim to speak for Wales.
In the run up to the Rugby World Cup, I'd like to know what's in store for the future of rugby union. Is it going to be dominated by strong defences? Is the path of a game going to be dictated by the number of penalties awarded, by packs of rolling malls and choke tackles? Personally, I hope not, because it will destroy the very heart and soul of the game, a sport which will become used and worn out and shelved into the annals of history like boxing.
I want to challenge that phrase 'A childless couple', It assumes Ramin and I, and others like us, are missing out. We live in a time when the quest for possessions, status and fame is well and truly up there with the quest for enlightenment.
Conservatives have always backed those who want to get on in life, roll up their sleeves and do a hard day's work. We always have and we always will. That's why I want Wales to lead the charge on being the first living wage country of the UK and I'm proud that it's Welsh Conservatives who are the ones doing it.
Between January and September 2014, town centres across the UK saw 964 shop closures - two-and-a-half times the amount recorded for the whole of 2013, according to a study by accountancy firm PwC. This has led many to question what it is that consumers actually want, and how financial institutions such as ours can tailor their offering accordingly.