Government figures and media professionals look set to debate whether the Covid-19 pandemic has illustrated a need for enhanced powers of devolution in Wales, it has been announced.
Taking place as part of the Society’s Virtual Conference for 2020 next Monday 16 November, the Society’s panel will discuss whether the pandemic has changed views on the powers Wales already has alongside a closer look at the country’s contribution to spheres such as sport, politics and creative thinking and the role the Welsh language plays in the size of the nation on the global stage.
Chaired by former WalesOnline editor Ceri Gould now Editorial Revenue Director of Reach plc, the ‘Size of Wales’ discussion will hear from leading figures including the Welsh Parliament’s Media Committee chair Helen Mary Jones and Ashok Ahir, Deputy Director of Cabinet Office Communications and most recently the Director of Communications for the UK Government in Wales. Also taking part will be award-winning Welsh journalist Carolyn Hitt and Paul Rowland, Audience and Content Director at Media Wales.
Ian Murray, Executive Director of the Society of Editors said that with the Welsh Government this week ending its 17-day ‘firebreak’ response to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was only right that the conference looked specifically at how Wales has led on its own approach to the crisis and whether the pandemic had illustrated a need for enhanced devolution across nations including Wales.
He said: “Each of the four nations have tackled the Covid-19 crisis in their own ways. There are bound to be important issues in Wales as to how the government there have reacted and whether there are lessons to be learnt going forward. I have no doubt our panel will pull no punches in its assessments in what is certain to be a riveting debate.”
Free registration for the event is open and will take place at 6pm on Monday 16th November via Crowdcast. The discussion comes as part of the Society’s Virtual Conference for 2020 which will include four In Discussion with… keynote talks as well as eight panel debates held virtually over the course of November and early December. Details of how to register for all the debates and talks are available here.