David Cornock, Parliamentary correspondent, Wales

David Cornock Parliamentary correspondent, Wales

The place to come for the Welsh view of Westminster and updates on the politics and personalities of Parliament

Another twist in St David's Day powers saga

Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb
A lot on his plate: Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb at Peter's Pies in Caerphilly

Just one more sleep. Tomorrow the UK government's plans to transfer more powers to Wales should become clearer.

Four months ago, Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb set out to find a cross-party consensus on "a blueprint for change to the way Wales is governed". by St David's Day.

That blueprint has been changed in the run-up to publication. Earlier this week, I reported how the UK government had offered Welsh ministers a funding deal - if they agreed to hold a referendum on the devolution of income tax powers.

That idea didn't go down well with either the Labour Welsh government or (significantly) the Welsh Liberal Democrats. A phrase involving prams and toys was overheard. So now, I'm told by a well-placed source, it's been dropped.

The blueprint may refer instead to the Welsh government being expected to trigger a referendum rather than an explicit link between the funding offer and holding a vote. The strings attached to the deal have been loosened.

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Could funding deal hinge on Barnett formula twist?

Lord Barnett
The late Lord Barnett - the inspiration behind the "Barnett floor"

It sounds like an exercise my physio might prescribe for my long-term ergonomic plan but the "Barnett floor" could be the phrase on the lips of Welsh political anoraks this Friday.

It appears to be the basis of the funding offer made by the UK government to Welsh ministers for the St David's Day agreement expected on Friday.

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Funding offer on agenda as St David's deadline nears

As the clock ticks towards St David's Day, any cross-party agreement on the future of Welsh devolution is far from signed, sealed and delivered.

Different political parties - who were themselves players in the process - have already begun to voice their dissatisfaction with it, pointing fingers of blame at their political opponents.

Read full article Funding offer on agenda as St David's deadline nears

A historic week in Wales: a few things to look out for

David Cameron and Nick Clegg
David Cameron and Nick Clegg are expected to discuss Welsh devolution

Another "historic" week beckons in Welsh politics with the imminent arrival of the St David's Day agreement.

David Cameron and Nick Clegg are expected to discuss the details this afternoon. It's expected to be the biggest transfer of powers since the last one. So what should we look out for?

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Lib Dem Welsh election pledge: read all about it

With 84 days to go, you're probably wondering when election manifestos will be replacing Valentine's Day cards and Easter eggs on the shelves of your local supermarket.

The Welsh Lib Dems' manifesto cover
The cover of the Welsh Liberal Democrats' 2015 manifesto

The official election campaign may still be some weeks away, but the Liberal Democrats have today tried to fill the void in your life by publishing the front page of their manifesto.

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Former Welsh Secretaries debate EVEL plans for England

Leader of the House of Commons William Hague
William Hague makes his point about "English votes for English laws".

I had an e-mail from William Hague yesterday. Which was nice.

Did he want to congratulate me on my coverage of his impending move to Wales? To ask for advice on local hostelries?

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Paul Murphy: an unusual 21st century politician

Paul Murphy
Paul Murphy says it is time for a 'younger person to carry the Labour flag in our valley'

World Cup fever was sweeping London. Would Beckham's metatarsal recover in time? Could Sven end 36 years of hurt?

Not everyone was swept up in the fervour. "Why?" asked the secretary of state for Wales, "are people flying flags of St George from their cars?" An adviser explained patiently.

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Welsh schools the new election battleground for Tories

Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb
Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb

Come to Wales. It's a great place to host a NATO summit but you might die on a waiting list and the schools are an even bigger scandal.

I paraphrase the Conservative message but there's no doubt Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb's attack on education in the country he represents around the cabinet table came as a surprise to many.

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Has Westminster become a zombie parliament?

Shortly after five o'clock on Tuesday, a milestone was reached in the House of Commons.

Government business for the week was concluded. Parliament has continued to meet, with ministers facing questions and MPs debating opposition and cross-party motions but with fewer than 100 days to go until May 7, government legislation has been thin on the ground, at least in the Commons.

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Wigley's 'gaffe', Healey's law and shooting messengers

It's known as "Healey's law" or "the first law of holes". When you're in a hole, stop digging.

It's usually sound advice for politicians, although the transcript of yesterday's BBC interview with Lord Wigley suggests even experienced political operators sometimes forget a law popularised by the former Labour Chancellor Denis Healey.

Read full article Wigley's 'gaffe', Healey's law and shooting messengers

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About David

David Cornock has been covering politics from Westminster for more than two decades.

He grew up near Penarth in South Wales and trained on the Western Mail.

He moved to London in 1988 and became the newspaper's political editor.

In 1995, he joined BBC Wales as its parliamentary correspondent.

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