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With the civil service being one of the biggest employers in Wales, and ridiculously high unemployment here, the closure of the passport office will be a huge loss for the people of Wales. Plus, well, it's convenient. Even my brother from the Midlands went to Newport to sort his passport out.

Please sign the petition to save the Newport passport office (and please pass this link on).
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Sorry I've not posted anything for a while - been a busy week or so. I'll try to post some more pictures soon - I've got some squirreled away for a later date.

Anyway, saw a few links on BBC News Wales that I thought I'd link to.

Ooops - WAO, which ensures billions of public money in Wales is spent properly, also admitted it had been breaching financial rules since 2005.

No Welsh MPs in Shadow Cabinet nice to know that Labour think so much of one of their major strongholds in the UK.
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So, the First Minister and Deputy First Minister have formally given the Secretary of State their preferred date for a referendum.

Cribbed from the webpage on the referendum: If they get a yes vote, the National Assembly for Wales will get full law making abilities in the devolved areas they currently have some law making abilities. This will not give them the ability to create laws in defence, tax, or welfare.

What do people think about the referendum and about more powers for Wales?

Personally I'm on the fence on this one. I'd like us to have more powers to do more things, but only if it means that we'll get more money for it. Wales is already seriously underfunded and more powers means more money needs to be spent. The problem is, with the current government in Whitehall, I'm not sure if we'd get the extra money we'd need to be able to make use of the extra powers.
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A really contentious issue in Wales, and one I'm not actually going to join the debate on, but I thought I'd put it out here for discussion. They've just announced a consultation for a small trial in Pembrokeshire after failing to get through a non-location-specific trial.

BBC News article on the consultation, and link to the consultation document.

And please, no flaming anyone on this subject. Sensible discussion only please!
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BBC News - Plan to generate electricity from waste food in Gwynedd

I was scouting the BBC news site to see if there was anything interesting to post here and I found this. I'm not sure if anywhere else is doing this, but I really hope the planning goes through. It sounds like a great idea. I hope they do the same elsewhere around Wales soon.