Westminster, Wales and Water
In 1979 Nicholas Edwards was appointed Secretary of State for Wales by Margaret Thatcher following the Conservative election victory. This volume is an insider's commentary on British government and in events in Wales over the last quarter of a century. Lord Crickhowell describes the policies, events, issues and personalities of a period of significant change and development in British and Welsh politics. We learn of his views on devolution and constitutional change, Welsh-language broadcasting, arts funding, environmental issues, the restructuring of industry and the Cardiff Opera House debacle. He sheds light on the personalities of many of his colleagues and contemporaries, including Margaret Thatcher, Kenneth Baker, Jim Prior, Nicholas Ridley, Anthony Howard and John Elfed Jones.
Welsh language broadcasting; demonstrations; industrial rebirth; with the Prime Minister; a Scottish argument – the role of the Scottish Secretary; policy for the Welsh language; a writ from the GEC; arts funding; initiatives in the South Wales Valleys and the health service; Cardiff Bay; University College Cardiff; royal episodes; a little difficulty; De Valera’s funeral; the Battles of Cwrt-Y-Gollen; devolution roads and treasury foibles; the Aids committee; moral dilemmas; a new agency; the public accounts committee; the work of the NRA 1989-1996; the environment agency and the Cardiff Opera House.