Barbarians at the gate

Blogging has been a bit sporadic of late because, while I CAN walk and chew gum at the same time, at this time of year maintaining my position as both Pembrokeshire’s top gardener and political blogger is a bit of a challenge. I can’t think what excuse the author of that other website has to... Read More »

Election reflections

The recent election was the most depressing I can remember, with the parties trying to either bribe the electorate by making promises they must have known they couldn’t keep, or scaring us with terrifying stories of what was in store if we were foolish enough to vote for the other lot. The Guardian, usually a... Read More »

Odds and sods

Odds and sodsKnowing a little about the laws of probability, I have never been tempted by the attractions of gambling. After all, supporting John Player & Sons and the Chilean wine industry puts enough of a strain on a man’s pocket without getting involved with what my grandfather warned me were the two surest roads to ruin:... Read More »

Name-calling

To name, or not to name – that was the question before Wednesday’s meeting of the council’s corporate governance committee of which Grumpy is a member. This issue has a bit of a history going back to March 2013 when a couple of Old Grumpy’s relatives on the the older persons scrutiny committee suggested that... Read More »

Hidden talents

At the council meeting on 5 March 2015, Cllr Tony Brinsden put down a question regarding the cost of legal advice regarding the former chief executive’s “unlawful” pension arrangements. As the the following extracts from the minutes show (Agenda Item 183) the Leader was less than forthcoming. “The Leader stated that the Authority had not... Read More »

Standard bearers

Standard bearersThe latest revelations about police failures to investigate a Westminster-based paedophile ring demonstrates the Establishment’s ability to look after its own. This will be a phenomenon familiar to readers of this website (Time Lord). And I could cite several other examples – the most recent of which is the council’s efforts to sweep my concerns about... Read More »

Photo finish

Photo finishRecent events on the rugby pitch have persuaded me that it is now safe to abandon the regime of self-imposed silence that I have adopted since February 6 this year. I actually attended the game in Cardiff on that day and will relish for as long as I live the moment the chap in front of... Read More »

Untangling the web

Oh, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive. (Sir Walter Scott) Which brings me to the subject of what actually happened in the Mik Smith affair. Former PCC youth worker Smith, you will recall, was jailed for six years in 2014 for child abuse offences, unconnected with his employment with the... Read More »

The missing link

There was a bit of a panic in the Kremlin last week when members of the senior staff committee, and leaders of groups not represented on that committee, were summoned to a hastily convened private meeting in the Leader’s office to discuss the pay levels of the new chief executive and senior officers. Late last... Read More »

Wilful blindness

Last October, I put down a notice of motion calling for all correspondence between PCC, Wales European Funding Office (WEFO) and  Cathal McCosker regarding repayment of grant monies for properties in Pembroke Dock owned by Mr McCosker and his associated companies, to be made available for inspection by the council’s audit committee on a confidential... Read More »

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