Rhys David

Writer and Editor

Writer and editor. Honorary Fellow, Institute of Welsh Affairs, Cardiff. Associate director of policy forum, Institute of Welsh Affairs, 2001-2007, Author of numerous articles and reports on regional economic issues, with particular reference to Wales. Council Member Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion (since may 2018), secretary Cardiff and SE Wales branch, Friends of Welsh National Opera. Formerly staff journalist with Financial Times covering at various times fibres, textiles, clothing, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and aluminium industries. Northern Ireland correspondent 1973-4, and North of England correspondent 1977-1981. Also editor of FT surveys section 1991-2001. Other posts have included publisher and managing director Business Magazine, a joint subsidiary of Financial Times and Conde Nast. 1988-1991; and chief leader writer, industrial editor and Welsh Affairs editor, Western Mail, Cardiff. Author, Tell Mum Not to Worry: A Welsh Soldier's World War One in the Near East. (Deffro, 2014) [email protected]

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Subtle stirrings in La France Profonde

A regular visitor to France, Rhys David finds much to admire and possibly lessons to learn in the efforts rural areas are making to revive Peter Mayle should probably take some...

LinkedIn Pulse

A walk on the wild side

Rhys David finds solitude and interesting signs of a new vitality on a trek through the middle of Wales "Of all the beautiful sights in the world, I am not sure if there is...

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Lacerated Ulster

As another crisis threatens to destroy hard-won progress, Rhys David looks back to the resignation of Chief Minister Brian Faulkner in May 1974. Here we go again, or so it would...


Chronic yes but hopefully not incurable

As Teresa May delivers her industrial strategy for post Brexit, Britain Rhys David looks at some of the issues arising


Wales's Business Backbone

Medium-sized businesses need nurturing not just the small company


Seminal Event or Secular Disaster

Brexit could be a turning-point in more ways than one but much will depend on implementation and what follows, Rhys David suggests. Peak oil, when the maximum rate of...

The Welsh Agenda

Edwina Hart: An Uncertain Legacy

It could be several years before the lasting impact of this long-serving Welsh Cabinet Minister becomes clear


A Solution for Greece... and Wales?

Rhys David assesses the Greece deal, and ponders whether Wales can draw anything from it. It is good that conifers grow so quickly in the damp climate of Finland, given whole...

Centre for Social Policy

Why has Devolution Caught Fire in Scotland but only smouldered in Wales?

The Senedd in Cardiff Bay where the 60 members of the Welsh Assembly meet.

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Debt and the Banks

Rhys David says over-indebtedness is more about the way finance is provided than about the behaviour of borrowers


The Welsh Cog in World Aeroengines

Mention Nantgarw to Weng Jiabao, the Chinese premier, and his eyes will light up. The second most powerful man in the world’s most populous nation is one of a stream of...


From Aberdare to Cern

The Swansea-educated director of the Large Hadron Collider project in Geneva has become one of the most identifiable Welsh scientists of his day, writes Rhys David Wales has...

Regions: Issue No.268

Wales: Branding

Rhys David looks at the issues surrounding the promotion of a Welsh brand. Journal of the Regional Studies Association. Winter Issue 2007

Pays de Galles, Quelles Images. Brest

Connecting with the Consumer

Rhys David looks at Welsh branding

Agenda, the Journal of the IWA

Schooling outside the Mainstream

Rhys David reports on an alternative to the classroom for excluded children that is proving a success in Caerphilly.

Wales Conference Brest January 2007

Wales Branding: Connecting with the Consumer

Brains, one of relatively few successful Welsh consumer brands with a footprint across Wales and beyond.


Time to work together

Rivalries in south east Wales are holding back change and need to be buried, Rhys David argues The nature and the scope of the relationship that should prevail between...


The Welsh Language Needs a Radical Rethink

Rhys David makes a plea for more radical thinking on how best to fit the language for the modern era There will be a significant number of individuals with a knowledge of Welsh...


City Region Success Demands Co-operation not Rivalry

Rhys David asks whether south-east Wales will follow Manchester in developing a brand that has world-wide resonance In the north west of England ten local authorities, including...


Should London leave the EU?

Rhys David reports on a recent seminar that examined how we are faring within the European Union "London should leave the EU - and quit Britain, too". So said Simon Jenkins...