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    While the Scottish people may be on the brink of the unknown, the Welsh continue to prefer familiarity

While the Scottish people may be on the brink of the unknown, the Welsh continue to prefer familiarity

Has the Scottish independence debate and the narrowing of the opinion polls ahead of the referendum stirred desire for an independence referendum in Wales? Adam Evans looks at how the polls have changed over time, finding the Welsh are still showing little appetite for independence.

As the clock continues to count down towards the UK state’s date with destiny on the 18th September, it […]

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    The Lib Dem’s failings on the English Question are a damning indictment for a party which claims to believe in a federal future for the UK

The Lib Dem’s failings on the English Question are a damning indictment for a party which claims to believe in a federal future for the UK

In a climate where there is high English public dissatisfaction with the constitutional and social status quo, one would be inclined to expect that the only major ostensibly federal political party would be in their element brandishing a comprehensive alternative. But Adam Evans argues that, on the contrary, the Liberal Democrats lack a clear vision when it comes to […]

The Audacity of Nope: Meaningful fiscal accountability remains a pipe dream for Wales

Welsh Labour has hitherto refused to accept income tax devolution, arguing accepting such responsibilities would be economically detrimental to Wales without a reform of the Barnett funding formula. Recent comments made by Owen Smith, Shadow Secretary of Wales, however, leaves little doubt about the overall attitude of Welsh Labour to the first report of the Silk Commission and fiscal accountability: they don’t want […]

Much ado about nothing: Fiscal accountability in Wales and the Silk Commission

Last Friday, the government held a press conference responding to the Silk Commission’s recommendations for devolution in Wales. When one strips back the political drama of the unexpected announcement and the rhetoric of goodwill and support for fiscal accountability expressed by the UK government, it is difficult to find much evidence of a significant move to Welsh fiscal accountability, writes […]

November 6th, 2013|Adam Evans|0 Comments|

Electoral system dynamics are fundamental to understanding why comparisons between the FDP and the Liberal Democrats are ultimately somewhat misguided

The recent German elections saw the demise of the FDP, the junior coalition partner whose support had plummeted while serving in government. This has prompted comparisons with the situation in which the Liberal Democrats find themselves. However, Adam Evans writes that, because the two parties operate in radically divergent electoral arenas, there are limits to how far one can take these comparisons […]

Welsh incremental devolution: History repeats itself, first as tragedy then as tax?

The possibility of significant tax devolution to the Welsh National Assembly appears to be an increasingly remote prospect. Adam Evans argues that Financial Competence Orders, a system for devolving taxation, should become the focus for Welsh devolutionists. If time flies by when you’re having fun, the Wales Office must be in an almost catatonic state of puritanical despondency since the publication of the first […]

August 16th, 2013|Adam Evans|1 Comment|

Growing discontent within the European Union provides an opportunity for Cameron for reform

Recent surveys suggest that Euroscepticism in Britain is most highly associated with those identifying as English. Adam Evans argues, however, that it is important to take a broader view of public attitudes to the EU. Declining levels of confidence in the institutions and policies of the Union and the repositioning of formerly enthusiastic integrationists like the Dutch and Germans appear to offer Cameron a […]

Englishness never died, but has increasingly emerged from the shadows of Britishness

Adam Evans explore the extent of the intertwining of Englishness and Britishness following recent survey results that found that 70 per cent of English respondents opted for an English predominant identity, as opposed to just under 30 per cent for a British predominant identity. He suggests that this shows that the English dog has been unmuzzled  Come, my friends. ‘T is not too […]

July 5th, 2013|Adam Evans|4 Comments|