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Ceredigion and playing ‘the best variety of hit music’ from the 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s and today’s Top 40. In our news bulletins this

week, we told you about a police chase that started in St Clears in Carmarthenshire and how it ended up causing £30,000 of damage to police vehicles. We told you about the meeting that’s being held to try and bring back Cardigan’s carnival and we covered the story of a new fire service vehicle being airlifted to Caldey Island in Pembrokeshire to join the island’s fleet. You can see a picture of the Mercedes Benz Sprinter next to the island’s long term resident 1994 Dennis Firetruck on our Twitter page @herald_radio. Traditionally, January is

a quiet time for new music releases but we’ve added some new songs to our playlist this week, including the two new songs from Ed Sheeran - ‘Shape Of You’ and ‘Castle On The Hill’ - currently the UK’s number one and two singles (at the time of going to press). Other new tracks added include Starley’s ‘Call On Me’ and JP Cooper’s ‘September Song’. Every afternoon we bring

you a daily dose of 80s and 90s music; between 1pm and 2pm we have the 80s hour and between 2pm and 3pm the 90s hour, giving you a chance to hear some of the biggest hits from these decades along with songs you haven’t heard for ages. You can share your 80s and 90s memories with us via email at So, make sure you start

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comforted the public that we would ‘find ourselves part of the European Economic Area, and with a trade deal’. It is, of course, correct that some voices on the Remain side warned that leaving the EU might well precipitate our departure from the Single Market. At the time, Brexiteers referred to these warnings as ‘Project Fear’. Still, at least we’ve got President

Trump, who is going to put us at the front of the queue for a trade deal, right? Anyone who listened to The Donald’s beastly inauguration address and observed his first ugly days in office might have reason to doubt this. Amidst the wall building, Muslim

TWO NIL! On Tuesday (Jan 24),

the Supreme Court unsurprisingly confirmed that the Prime Minister is not allowed to wave a hazel twig, utter incantations in Latin or by whatever alternative mechanism she prefers invoke the Royal prerogative to overrule laws passed by Parliament. What Parliament has done only

Parliament can undo. This includes the bringing into UK law of every right, privilege and obligation that flows from our membership of the European Union. If we are to invoke Article 50, it must be by an Act of Parliament. The result should have surprised

Theresa May and her government. After all, following their defeat last November in the Administrative Court, May’s spokesman told journalists that she was ‘very confident we will win in the Supreme Court. We remain of the firm belief that we have strong legal arguments ahead of the case which will be moving to the Supreme Court next month’. Whatever those strong legal


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arguments were, the government chose not to deploy them in court. Attorney-General and sacrificial lamb Jeremy Wright stood blinking before 11 men and women with minds like bacon slicers, delivered himself of the same short speech that failed to persuade the lower court, and legged it before Lord Sumption could get stuck into him. Eight to three, the Supreme Court

ruled against the government, who then (in contrast to the hissy fit in November) announced that they knew this was coming all along and it didn’t matter anyway because Parliament would vote how they were bloody well told. The Daily Mail did its Völkischer

Beobachter bit and attempted to get worked up about the ruling, but by and large all but the most wilfully obtuse (that being IDS, who grunted

his disappointment at the result) have realised that there was nothing political about the case. It was also unsurprising that

interventions by the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland failed. Unlike the Westminster Parliament, the Senedd, Holyrood and Stormont are not sovereign in themselves. They exist as creatures of statute, and the extent of their powers is defined by law. Dealing with the EU is a matter explicitly reserved to Westminster. Angry reports in the press howled

that Carwyn spent £90,000 on the Welsh Government’s legal challenge. This is very nearly as much as we pay the Future Generations Commissioner every year. It is terrifying to think that Wales might have to go without a Future Generations Commissioner for a year to pay for this extravagance. Although

the devolved

administrations have no veto over Brexit, it would be wise for Theresa May to take the views of the Welsh and Scottish Governments properly into account (Nort Iron has no Government at present, since Sinn Fein picked up their suspicious package and stormed off after a tiff with the DUP). All the devolved administrations

want to stay in the European Economic Area and Customs Union, and to continue to trade freely with the 27 remaining members of the EU. The UK Government, banging on with the whopping lie that everyone who voted Leave was voting to leave the EEA and Customs Union, wants neither. The referendum campaign that

Brexiteers are now describing is not the one many of us remember. Last year, the complaint was that in 1972 the UK joined a common market, not a political union. Leavers wanted free trade, not federal rule. “Absolutely nobody is talking about threatening our place in the Single Market” said Brexit headbanger Dan Hannan, as he banged his moon-sized head.

barring, approving of torture and other executive acts calculated to turn the USA into a stinking muckheap on a hill, Trump scrapped a free trade deal, the Trans Pacific Partnership, because he felt that it threatened American jobs. His first message to Americans as President was that ‘we will follow two simple rules. Buy American and hire American’. His priorities? ‘America first. America first. America first’. Brexiteers are optimistic that

Trump means well by Britain. After all, he put a bust of Churchill, not Hitler, in the Oval Office. Remainers are pessimistic, in the way that someone who has just seen a small child dash a Ming vase to shards is pessimistic when the child comes back with a tube of glue. In any trade deal, America first

cannot mean Britain first. To open our markets fully to American products, we will be clearing the way for the genetically modified products of million-cow hormone-stuffing Midwestern intensive beef units, heavily protected and subsidised steel and (to use some five tons of that steel up at once), the Chevrolet Suburban. If this sort of stuff starts flowing

into the UK, bang goes any Customs Union with the 27 EU countries. If we burn our bridges to the Single Market, we hold no cards at all when negotiating with Trump. Britain second in a trade deal with America is almost certainly going to mean Wales fourth at best, in the not unlikely scenario of Nicola Sturgeon screwing a better post-Brexit deal out of Theresa May than Carwyn can manage. The Supreme Court’s decision

puts power over the Brexit process back where it should be: with the Parliament whose restored sovereignty was supposedly the whole purpose of leaving the EU. Our MPs, particularly those representing constituencies in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, must fight to stay in the Single Market.

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