False prospectus

Exciting times at the Kremlin on Cleddau as Jamie Adams’ failed administration is rejected by the voters and a new chapter opens under the leadership of David Simpson. Not that Jamie sees it quite like that because in a self-serving interview with the Western Telegraph he blames his downfall on “keyboard warriors” and “…some sections... Read More »

Deja vu all over again.

The good news is that Cllr David Simpson has decided to challenge Jamie Adams for the leadership of Pembrokeshire County Council. Even better, in order to avoid the perception that votes are being bought and sold, Cllr Simpson has promised not to offer cabinet seats or other allowance-bearing positions to anyone ahead of the Annual... Read More »

In denial

Normally, when the heads of political parties lead their followers over an electoral cliff, they do the decent thing and resign – think Neil Kinnock, John Major, William Hague, Michael Howard and, most recently, Ed Miliband. Jeremy Corbyn seems to be bucking the trend, but it is difficult to see how he can keep his... Read More »

An offer you can’t refuse

Keep an eye out at the Pembrokeshire County Council election count for senior members of the IPPG handing out cards similar to the one used at the 2012 election: Ex-cllr David Wildman – Rob Lewis’ partner in crime in the Partygate affair – was in charge of the arrangements. Feeling a bit left out, I... Read More »

Psst! Fancy a nice little earner?

The polls have not even opened and already the IPPG are out there trying to recruit new members to fill the void left by defections, retirements and likely losses. Old Grumpy casts his mind back to the 2004 election when the, then, IPG suffered serious losses (Night of the long faces) with Leader Maurice Hughes... Read More »

Strange business

Old Grumpy has written frequently about the strange business in Pembroke Dock concerning various grants paid to property developer Cathal McCosker. Initially, I thought that Mr McCosker was some sort of financial whiz kid, but when he wrote to the council  in early April 2014 offering to pay back the whole of the £180,000 he... Read More »

Paper tigers

On the Facebook page Pembrokeshire Local Election 2017, the site’s host and independent candidate for Rudbaxton, Ryan Dansie, promises that, if elected, he will put down a notice of motion calling for powers to be transferred from the cabinet to full council. Indeed the site is well stocked with candidates promising to go around breaking... Read More »

Actions speak louder…

Facebook is replete with accounts of the Sign Wars in Pembroke Dock, so, on my way home from doing a bit of gardening at Tessa’s place near Lamphey, I decided to take a run around the town to see what all the excitement was about. During the 2010 General Election campaign, I was driving along... Read More »

What’s in a name

Comments on the Facebook page “Pembrokeshire Election 2017” seem to suggest that there are still a few people who are unfamiliar with the abbreviation IPPG. Before the 2012 election, this shadowy organisation was known as the IPG (Independent Political Group) but, for reasons which I will reveal later, it is now known as the Independent... Read More »

Election capers

Elections are always fertile ground for slogans, empty promises and pious platitudes. The Western Telegraph is offering space on its website for candidates to make their pitch for votes and utopia beckons if even half of what is on offer materialises. The contribution of the Tory party candidate for Llanrhian brought a smile to my... Read More »

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