Paying over the odds

There was an interesting development in the Pembroke Dock grants saga at last week’s full council when cabinet member Bob Kilmister answered Cllr Jacob Williams’ question on the repayments received from property developer Cathal McCosker and companies under his control. To fully understand all this you have to go back to April 2014 when PCC... Read More »

Playing for time

Last week’s audit committee agreed to support my Notice of Motion calling for PCC to lodge a complaint against the police regarding the delay in concluding the investigation into irregular payments on the Pembroke Dock Commercial Property Grants Scheme (CPGS). It is approaching five years since I first wrote about the (CPGS) in Pembroke Dock and... Read More »

On the crest of a wave

About the only good thing with growing old is the occasional reminder that there is nothing new under the sun. So when I toddled along to county hall last Friday for the presentation on the Swansea Bay City Deal (SBCD) I wasn’t expecting any surprises. The Leader of Swansea City Council, who chairs the group... Read More »

High living

Prior to his retirement, Cllr Peter Stock and I used to have good-natured arguments about which was the largest town in Pembrokeshire – Milford Haven or Haverfordwest. Peter was keen to bandy figures around to support the county town’s claim, but they included the population of Merlins Bridge. And, as it has its own community... Read More »

Tax facts

Tax factsJust when you thought you’d seen the last of him, up pops Jamie Adams on the front page of the Herald attacking the proposed 12.5% council tax hike which he claims “will put the squeeze on hard-working Pembrokeshire families.” Inside the paper the former leader blames the proposed increase on the current cabinet’s failure to... Read More »

Unknown quantities

The Wales Audit Office is surveying all elected councillors on PCC’s use of data. The first item reads: “The data the council collects is of a high quality” to which members are offered a choice ranging from “Strongly agree” to “Strongly disagree”. Unfortunately, with the county council’s data it is a case of never mind... Read More »

Paradise lost

At the risk of being accused of name-dropping, Grumpy and Grumpette are pleased to find themselves in the company of The Queen, Lewis Hamilton, and someone called Bono who is, I believe, a pop star. What connects us to this list of illustrious figures is our shared fondness (allegedly) for the shady world of offshore... Read More »


Last weekend, the Labour Party turned up the heat by organising a rally designed to unseat Tory MP Steven Crabb. This sort of serious political activity is rather alien to the county’s culture where  rallies usually involve vintage motor cars or tractors. It’s not that Pembrokeshire people can’t be stirred into action – witness the big... Read More »

It just don’t add up

It just don’t add upMy old chemistry teacher, Geoffrey ‘Solomon’ Beaumont, used to say that everything worth knowing was difficult to understand, though he was quick to point out that the converse was not necessarily true. So, you at the back, please pay attention! After the statistics used to support the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between PCC and Pembrokeshire College... Read More »


MiscalculationsIt is almost 60 years since I studied logic at university. I would like to be able to say that I signed up for the course in a quest for self-improvement, but the truth is rather more mundane: one of my friends tipped me off that the logic tutor was known to be a very generous... Read More »

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