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The Election That Never Took Place

Gareth Leaman details the reasons why Wales as a partially devolved polity barely existed in the UK general election campaign. He describes the troubling dilemmas for parties who want to defend Wales against the depredations of a Tory-led British state. What can be learnt for the future?

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Welsh Keywords: Gwaddol

Our Welsh Keywords offers contemporary perspectives on the meaning of words in Welsh, inspired by Raymond Williams’ Keywords. In this issue, Angharad Tomos explores the responsibility of passing on the ‘gwaddol’ – the precious non-monetary ‘endowment’ of Welsh-language culture to children in post-industrial Penygroes. What does this mean in an era of austerity and grassroots community regeneration?

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Nuclear Capitalism and the Welsh State

Dan Evans argues that the nuclear industry is now deeply enmeshed with the Welsh Government and local elites. He traces how Wales’s ruling party U-turned to championing an industry which creates devastating risks to our planet. What does this say about Wales’ relationship with international capital?

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Must Share That Political Satire in the 1890s and Today

Following the general election, T. Robin Chapman reflects on how satire has developed from an era of pen-and-ink cartoons to GIFs and memes. He argues that mockery gave voice to problems of populism and powerlessness that the Welsh electorate still experience in 2020.

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