Nick Servini

Nick Servini Political editor, Wales

My take on what’s happening in Welsh politics and how it affects your life

Where does the NHS row go next?

11 April 2014

Even by the standards of recent weeks, David Cameron's attack on the NHS in his conference speech at Llangollen was startling.

This is what he said: "I tell you - when Offa's Dyke becomes the line between life and death, we are witnessing a national scandal."

Offa's Dyke is only a few miles from the Welsh Conservative conference in Llangollen and the clear implication of what he said is that if you're on the English side you're less likely to die

The comment came soon after the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told me he believed the Welsh government's attitude on mortality rates in the wake of the Mid Staffs scandal was "morally indefensible."

It's a remark which was followed very quickly by a response from Welsh Labour saying that if you listened to Jeremy Hunt for long enough you'd think Mid Staffs happened in mid Wales, rather than in England.

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Tories gather in Llangollen

11 April 2014

Is this the weekend when the Conservative compare and contrast strategy, or what Labour calls the war on Wales, reaches its peak?

Two things have come together.

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Another day, another row (part two)

9 April 2014

Another day, another row between the Welsh and the UK governments.

I wrote that on Monday in relation to the row about the health care given to injured soldiers.

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Another day, another row

7 April 2014

Another day, another row between the Welsh and the UK governments.

This time over the politically toxic claim that soldiers injured in places such as Afghanistan are being caught up in longer NHS waiting lists in Wales than in England.

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Nick Clegg's tax cut claim

6 April 2014

One of Nick Clegg's most revealing lines in his speech at the Liberal Democrat annual Welsh conference in Newport was the claim that both David Cameron and George Osborne refer to the £10,000 income tax personal allowance as "Nick's tax cut".

The Lib Dems get particularly annoyed when the Conservatives try to claim it as their own policy.

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Jobs on the menu as Welsh Lib Dems gather

4 April 2014

"Jobs, jobs, jobs" was the answer I got from a Liberal Democrat adviser after asking about the theme of the spring conference in Newport this weekend.

It coincides with the increase this weekend of the income tax personal allowance to the symbolic £10,000 mark.

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Has Labour left the fight back in Wales too late?

30 March 2014

Has Labour left the fight back too late?

It's one of the questions under discussion at Llandudno this weekend.

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Labour launches Llandudno fight back

28 March 2014

As Labour Party members gather in Llandudno this weekend, there's an interesting backdrop to the event.

Welsh Governments in the past have been subject to strong criticisms from what we used to call Fleet Street.

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A day in the life of the Welsh NHS

27 March 2014

I'm sure there were thousands of appointments, operations and scans carried out successfully in the Welsh NHS yesterday by many dedicated professionals, but you wouldn't know it from the media coverage.

First of all we had a set of ambulance response times that were described as a "national disgrace" and a "fiasco" by opposition parties.

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Chancellor weighs in on rail row

25 March 2014

We've already had the Prime Minister, the Welsh Secretary and the First Minister involved in the row over paying for the electrification of the south Wales valleys rail network, so I suppose it was just a matter of time before the Chancellor weighed in.

And as the man who controls the purse strings for the UK government, it is significant for George Osborne to say that a deal was struck two years ago for the cost of this project to be shared.

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About Nick

Nick became political editor after a six-year stint as the business correspondent, during which he covered the full impact of the recession and the financial crisis in Wales.

Born in Aberdare, Nick studied philosophy at Southampton University before training as a newspaper reporter. He worked at the South Wales Echo and the Welsh Mirror.

He joined the BBC in 2001 and worked in the radio newsroom in London before moving to Cardiff and reporting extensively for the Good Morning Wales programme on Radio Wales.

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