What sort of policies should pro-market parties be advocating as Wales recovers from the aftermath of COVID-19 and seeks to rebuild?
When thousands of tourists descended upon rural Wales, despite all warnings about Covid 19 related ‘non-essential’ travel – it was as if the penny finally dropped for the vast majority here.
Tourism has been the golden calf here, lauded by all parties alike, with not one of them daring to question the narrative that this was always beneficial for Wales. Despite all the mounting evidence built up over the years, that the costs of tourism were far outstripping the benefits.
Initiatives such as the ‘cynlluniau cyfeillio’ (buddy schemes), that have been set up in many local communities, remind one of the ‘little platoons’ lauded by Irish thinker Edmund Burke: those voluntary associations between individuals which are so important for community and national life.