GUESS what was on the agenda for yesterday’s session of Plenary in the Senedd?

Surprise surprise, it was Brexit.


Yes, it’s an important issue, arguably the most important issue facing Wales, the UK and the wider world at the moment. But it’s been made abundantly clear since June 23 that power over what actually happens rests between Westminster and Brussels, while the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish governments left at the mercy of Theresa May’s negotiation team.

Even the Supreme Court threw out an attempt for the devolved administrations to have a say on the process.

So it’s hard not to question the amount of time devoted to debating the issue in the Assembly when ultimately AMs have literally no power to influence the process.

True, it’s important to make sure Wales isn’t forgotten in the negotiations, but surely there’s other issues which the Assembly actually does have an influence over which should be paid a bit more attention?

The Welsh Government has made it extremely clear time and time again that Wales must not lose out, at least no more so than the rest of the UK, in the negotiations.

At this point I think David Davis and his Brexit department have got the message.

Despite what a large section of the Assembly seems to believe, Wales voted to leave. It’s time to start thinking about something else.

l Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow is something of a colourful character, keeping a firm yet often light-hearted grip on debate in Parliament.

As with any politician, opinions on him vary, with some thinking he’s the best thing since whatever the best thing before sliced bread was, and others holding him in very low regard indeed.

That shows no sign of changing after earlier this week he said he had already been “strongly opposed” to Donald Trump addressing Parliament and was “even more strongly” against such a move since the President imposed his controversial immigration ban.

The Tory speaker won applause from MPs after saying addressing Parliament is “not an automatic right, it is an earned honour” for foreign leaders and being seen to oppose racism and sexism - of which accusations of both have been levelled against the US president - was “hugely important” for the UK Government.

While his words won acclaim from the anti-Trump brigade, just as many have criticised his comments, claiming the role of speaker is supposed to be a politically neutral one.

He’s also been faced with accusations of hypocrisy, with critics pointing out foreign leaders such as the presidents of China and Malawi as well as the Emir of Kuwait have been invited to speak before Parliament despite concerns around issues such as human rights, free speech and equality.

Regardless of whether or not you agree with the idea of stopping Mr Trump from speaking before Parliament, there’s no denying it seems more than a little odd that the US president would be banned from appearing before MPs while other leaders with records arguably just as sketchy as the former reality TV show presenter and prolific Twitter user were given free reign.

Downing Street itself has reiterated that a planned state visit by the president later this year is still set to go ahead as planned, with Mr Bercow himself conceding that whether or not such a visit takes place is “way beyond and above the pay grade of the speaker”. And Mr Trump may yet get the chance to walk through the doors of the Palace of Westminster, with speaker of the House of Lords Lord Fowler yet to make a statement on his visit as the Argus went to press.

So, as if this wasn’t already as clear as day, it seems there isn’t much you can stop Donald Trump from doing.

What is clear is that, when he inevitably does make it across the pond, his visit won’t be without controversy. Far from it.

l Monday marked the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s reign.

While I’m no great fan of the monarchy as an institution, there’s no denying that serving as head of state for almost two thirds of a century, with everything that goes along with that, is no small achievement. But spare a thought for the long-serving monarch, who has to be constantly reminded exactly how long it’s been since her dad died.

It’s not like she’s got nothing else to worry about.