Time to fake the facts

Following the vote of no confidence in the chief executive at last Friday’s extraordinary council meeting the chairman announced  a ten minute break. Old Grumpy took the opportunity to nip out for a quick fag by the riverside. There I was joined by a number of other members – not all of them smokers –... Read More »

Don’t mention the lies

Last Friday’s extraordinary meeting of council was a dramatic affair with a large majority supporting a motion of no confidence in the chief executive and a disciplinary panel being established to investigate allegations that he might have breached the officers’ code of conduct. The public webcast of proceedings can be viewed here. As I have... Read More »

Time to stop the rot

Time to stop the rotA few months ago, I wrote a piece about the roof at Coronation School Pembroke Dock. The issue here is whether the whole of the roof was reslated, because that’s what was paid for. And, what’s more, it was paid for with Heritage Lottery funds which are supposed to be reserved for “good causes”. It... Read More »

Anatomy of a cover-up

Thankfully, Plaid Cymru are taking an interest in the Pembroke Dock grants business. This is just as well because with a Labour government in Cardiff and the Conservatives in control in county hall, albeit sailing under the IPPG’s flag of convenience, nobody else has any interest in getting at the truth. Plaid AM Simon Thomas... Read More »

Home truths

The excellent website Y Cneifiwr, which keeps a close eye on our neighbours in Carmarthenshire County Council (CCC), has an interesting post dated 22 August 2014. It concerns an email sent to the WLGA panel looking into governance arrangements in CCC. The author is Sir David Lewis, a lay member of the council’s audit committee, who has... Read More »

Gory Tory story

Old Grumpy notices that the Right Hon Stephen Crabb MP has rather belatedly decided to jump onto the anti-IPPG bandwagon. The recently promoted Secretary of State for Wales tells the Western Telegraph: “The truth is that normal politics and governance do not really exist at County Hall. Pembrokeshire is one of the last remaining places where... Read More »

Adams and the gardener

There seems to be no limit to the depths to which the author of that other website will sink in his efforts to put one over on me. His latest ruse is to take advantage of my early bedtime to put up a post about Monday evening’s secret, or, if you believe what is on... Read More »

The final curtain

Revelations in today’s Herald must surely spell the end for the Independent Political Group (IPG) which has ruled Pembrokeshire since reorganisation in 1996. I have been a consistent critic of this corrupt regime since its inception – both in this column and previously in the Mercury – but the Herald’s latest scoop has laid bare... Read More »

It’s a blog’s life

That other website has a some game-changing new information on the resignation of the chairman of PCC’s audit committee Mr John Evans MBE. This is the young whippersnapper’s second scoop in the past seven days – I think I’ll have to take him a bit more seriously in future. As Oscar Wilde almost said: To... Read More »

Pembrokeshire waives the rules

A few weeks ago I reported that, because of the statutory requirement that the council’s audit committee should have at least one lay member, the sudden resignation of Mr John Evans (see resignation letter here) had left the committee in limbo. Normally this wouldn’t matter too much, but these are not normal times because at... Read More »

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