Rhys David

Writer and Editor

Freelance 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. 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)


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...
Wales's Business Backbone
Medium-sized businesses need nurturing not just the small company
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
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...
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...
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...
Edwina Hart: An Uncertain Legacy
It could be several years before the lasting impact of this long-serving Welsh Cabinet Minister becomes clear
An Unusual Swimming Race
The first anniversary of the landings by troops of the 53rd (Welsh) Division at Suvla Bay on Gallipoli in August 1915 was commemorated a year later with a race organised by...
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...
Local Lads, Distant Vistas
Toby Thacker on a new book by Rhys David recounting the experiences of Welsh soldiers in the Near East in World War One.
Wales and the Gallipoli Evacuation: 100 Years Later
One hundred years ago this month Welsh troops were being evacuated from Gallipoli after the failure of the ill-fated campaign to open up the a passage to Russia through the...
Wales's Forgotten World War One Heroes
Rhys David tells of the Welsh Division who played a role in world war one in the Near East. The World War One exploits of the 38 th (Welsh) Division in France - and especially...
Wales Branding: Connecting with the Consumer
Brains, one of relatively few successful Welsh consumer brands with a footprint across Wales and beyond.
Cigarettes, bully beef and camel meat: How First World War soldiers survived in the Near East
Above: Passengers on this liner threw supplies overboard for troops to swim out to collect in the Suez Canal By Rhys David (Worcester, 1962) Nowadays we are barely aware that we...
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.
Welsh soldiers' escape from the beaches of Gallipoli
Suvla Bay where Welsh soldiers landed in August 1915. Four months later Entente forces were obliged to retreat in the face of appalling winter weather and stern Ottoman resistance.
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...
Schooling outside the Mainstream
Rhys David reports on an alternative to the classroom for excluded children that is proving a success in Caerphilly.
Connecting with the Consumer
Rhys David looks at Welsh branding
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...
Wales: Branding
Rhys David looks at the issues surrounding the promotion of a Welsh brand. Journal of the Regional Studies Association. Winter Issue 2007
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...
Wales Coalfield Bond - Helping Valley Talent
Rhys David explains how the Wales Coalfield Bond launched five years ago has helped talented young people into creative careers Not everyone will have heard of them but Aberdare...
Wales and Benefits: A tale of two towns
Merthyr Tydfil, the railway viaduct. Wales's biggest town at the start of the Industrial Revolution, it is now one of the poorest.
Confidence needed to shape our future
Rhys David looks at the work to date of the Welsh Government's sector panels "Welsh bio-technology company sold to world's biggest pharmaceuticals giant in multimillion pound...
Wales European Funding
Rhys David reports on a recent seminar that examined how we are faring within the European Union

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