What lies ahead in 2014 in Welsh politics?

The political year has begun where it left off with plenty of finger pointing on targets in the Welsh NHS.

This time it was to do with the number of people waiting more than nine months for hospital treatment after being referred by a GP. It rose to a high of more than 13,000.

Cue defence by the Welsh government and attacks by opposition parties.

The big challenge for the Welsh government has to be to get its message across effectively about how the policies it's introducing will have an impact on targets like these.

It will get an early test this year when details are set out to reorganise accident and emergency departments across south Wales. It's difficult to think of a more high profile issue for the NHS in Wales than this at the moment.

One of the features of 2013 was the extent to which David Cameron used the performance of the NHS in Wales, and the failure to hit targets, as a political football to attack Labour.

One question in 2014 is whether that criticism is broadened out to cover other areas as we march ever closer to the General Election.

A Tory party insider told me in the autumn that the Prime Minister was reluctant to criticise the education system in Wales too much because he didn't want to be seen to be too negative about the life chances of young people.

But that could change. After the PISA education results last year, we saw the education minister Michael Gove criticise the Welsh system.

If that continues then it means Welsh government policies will be talked about and scrutinised on a wider level throughout the UK as the Conservatives try to make them examples of what Labour would do if elected at Westminster.

In the meantime, the big focus over the next few weeks will be the publication of a report by the Williams Commission on public services. It's widely expected to fire the starting gun on local government re-organisation in Wales.

I'll have more to say on this later in the week but this is a huge logistical exercise that was last undertaken nearly 20 years ago.

There now appears to be an inevitability about change. Carwyn Jones, in one of his news conferences last year, said he knows of no-one now who argues for the retention of the 22.

So the big questions are how many, how much will it cost and what will be the impact on services, council taxes and job prospects for the 150,000 people who work in Welsh Local Government?