Author page: Michael Bawden

Rethinking Welfare

Labour recently announced the intention of ending in-work poverty within the bounds of the next parliament once in government. Putting to one side this slightly woolly phrasing – reminiscent of the current administration’s resolution to ‘complete decarbonisation (hopefully before the last polar bear burns to death)’ – this is a welcome intervention from a leadership that has frankly been far too reticent…

The Social Preview: Brecon and Radnorshire by-election

It was meant to be a relatively quiet year in Welsh politics, with the Labour – Liberal Democrat coalition in Cardiff Bay trundling on after the election of new First Minister Mark Drakeford. Meanwhile Plaid Cymru’s new leader Adam Price planned to take the time to find his feet and modernise the party, starting a ‘root-and-branch’ review of its internal machinery. With…

Left Monarchism?

As parliament returns from recess and the regular news cycle finally trickles back towards to normality, we have been given a welcome reprieve from one element of the discourse which gripped the political classes over Christmas. Namely, the seemingly perennial and exhausting argument over whether the Left should make the abolition of the monarchy a priority as an incoming government. I’m no…