Two bits of recent news of potential UK significance which may be of interest to some of you:
1. The Welsh Government have conceded that a blanket ban on in-term holiday taking is not the intent of the legislation and Minister have now written to councils advising them head teachers should instead exercise discretion. Clearly it’s not necessarily where the pupils go to school but where they holiday that’s most important from a purely selfish tourism prospective I.e. the tourism benefits from Welsh schools, if any, won’t necessarily be confined to Wales.
Moreover, the relatively smaller school age population in Wales, as compared to that in English schools makes this a fairly modest victory for UK tourism because as yet no one is predicting that the current Westminster Government’s very robust stance on this issue is likely to be similarly swayed. Nonetheless, well done the Welsh Government, its a chink of light in an otherwise stalled debate and yet it’s another new line of argument as to why we should revert to a more flexible, discretionary approach to in-term holiday taking in England too. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-35304279
2. David Cameron’s more cautious note on the financial viability of the Swansea tidal lagoon early this week has largely been picked up and commented upon as a purely Welsh issue. However, as Swansea is the test bed for the viability of UK tidal power and a number of others potential contenders elsewhere in the UK are waiting in the wings for Swansea to prove the case, it is clearly a much bigger UK coastal economic development issue.
The problem of the strike price; the government guaranteed price per megawatt-hour, is well-known and will be of no surprise to anyone remotely involved. The critical element is that the solutions to this lie almost entirely in Westminster Government’s hands and if the PM is now publicly professing to be “less enthusiastic” then it’s a fair indicator that UK Government and, in particular, Treasury may also be less keen to make this happen than they have previously been? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-35306084