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Untroubled Waters?

Paddy French argues that Welsh Water is little more than a privatised business, dressed up as a ‘not-for-profit’, with overpaid Directors. He details how much he believes the company has overcharged its customers, including many of its poorest, and how this connects to a wider phenomenon in Welsh public life of the ‘edifice complex’.

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‘A Magnificent Badge of our Subjection’? Castle Tourism and the Histories of Wales

Mary-Ann Constantine traces how representations of Wales’s castles have revealed painfully contested ideas about Welsh history, from eighteenth-century watercolours to 2017’s infamous ‘Iron Ring’. She argues that ultimately what is at stake is ownership of both the past and the land, highlighting the enduring power of the Crown Estate in Wales.

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Welsh Keywords: Dinasyddiaeth

Our Welsh Keywords offers contemporary perspectives on the meaning of words in Welsh, inspired by Raymond Williams’ Keywords. In this issue, Daniel G. Williams explores the concept of dinasyddiaeth/citizenship. Responding to the current reality where British political culture in Wales is so often now characterised by xenophobia, he outlines how a future Welsh citizenship could define itself very differently.

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Reading Between the Lines: Machynlleth to Aberystwyth

In our new series of creative responses to Wales' rail network, Reading Between the Lines, Angharad Penrhyn Jones takes the train between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth. She describes why train journeys remind her of her Sami heritage, how they lead to you to tell strangers your secrets, and why defending public services against distant corporations is more important than ever.

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