On Friday, our Senedd will lower the EU flag, but defiantly raise Y Ddraig Goch in is place – two Red Dragons to one Union Jack, Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price writes.
'May you live in interesting times' goes the old Chinese curse. And few could deny that we do: Brexit, a party system in
If Plaid Cymru does not seize leadership now, it will be harder for them to do so in the future. Likewise, if people vote against a Brexit, the SNP and Ukip lose the opportunity to use the results as a platform to launch their next electoral campaign on. If people vote to remain in the UK, the SNP and Ukip will have to play on the par with traditional parties, where the asymmetry of power is significantly tilted against them.
You wouldn't realise it with all the hype around the EU referendum, but today hundreds of elections will take place across
After all, there will not be a whole country, a whole city or whole community greater than the sum of its parts, unless most citizens of the UK and Wales in particular feel that this land is theirs - ours and that we are in it, of it and willing to know it.
The buildings that surround us say a lot about who we are and the culture we live in. And they can have a big impact on the way we feel - think of the 'brutal' concrete structures from the 1960s and '70s compared to the soft curves of Birmingham's Selfridges building or the colours of a Cotswold stone village.
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.
The UK remains in the midst of the deepest recession in living memory with few predicting a change in fortune anytime soon. People in Wales are particularly feeling the pinch. Unemployment is higher than the UK average and the cull of the public sector has, and will continue to, hit us especially hard since it employs a higher proportion of our workforce than in England or Scotland.