The Welsh Parliament’s Media Committee chair Helen Mary Jones will join a Society of Editors debate this evening (Monday 16 November) looking at whether the Covid-19 pandemic has illustrated a need for enhanced powers in Wales.
Taking place as part of the Society’s Virtual Conference for 2020 the second week of debates will launch tonight with Plaid Cymru’s Helen Mary Jones joining the ‘Size of Wales’ discussion alongside Ashok Ahir, Deputy Director of Cabinet Office Communications, award-winning Welsh journalist Carolyn Hitt and Paul Rowland, Audience and Content Director at Media Wales. The debate will be chaired by former WalesOnline editor Ceri Gould now Editorial Revenue Director of Reach plc.
Taking place as part of the Society’s conference debates in the nations and regions, registration for the free debate is still open and will look at 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.
Ian Murray, Executive Director of the Society of Editors said that with the Welsh Government having last week ended 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 debate is still open and the discussion will take place at 6pm tonight 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.