Money down the drain

As regular readers will know, Old Grumpy takes a keen interest in grant-related matters. So in January last year when the cabinet approved a grant of £328,553 to Uzmaston Projects Ltd for an office block at Hayston Road Johnston my antennae gave more than a minor twitch. My first reaction was to wonder why the... Read More »

Behind the veil

There has been a fair bit of adverse comment in the local press (and elsewhere) regarding the Economic Development Scrutiny Committee’s decision to retreat behind closed doors to debate the old school site in Narberth. Despite the secrecy, the press seem to have obtained information about the sums of money involved, though whether they are... Read More »

Mutual backscratchers

Mutual backscratchersIt is now two-and-a-bit years since Pembrokeshire County Council handed a thick, detailed dossier on alleged irregularities in the Pembroke and Pembroke Dock Commercial Property Grant Scheme (CPGS) to Dyfed-Powys Police. I know it is thick and detailed because my contribution, which amounts to more than 50 pages, identified payments of more than £80,000 for... Read More »

Confidence trick

As I reported in my last post, the attempt by opposition members to have a vote of no confidence in cabinet member Sue Perkins was torpedoed by some fancy footwork by the Leader Jamie Adams. The notice called for a vote of no confidence in the cabinet member for education and calling on all the... Read More »

Dodging the column

While wandering around county hall late this afternoon, I noticed lights on in committee room 2. Peering through the glass panels, I noticed Brian Hall sitting all alone at the end of the room. Then I spotted the Leader; the back of Ken Rowlands’ head; and the profile of Lyn Jenkins the member for Solva. Which... Read More »

Profits of doom

The howls of anguish from the political classes following the electorate’s refusal to follow their advice on the referendum is enough to bring a smile to the face of any self-respecting anarchist. Poor old Heseltine was on the radio the other morning promoting the idea that the whole thing might be overturned by Parliament and... Read More »

Good losers

“And always keep a-hold of nurse, For fear of finding something worse.” In my view these words of the Anglo-French writer Hilaire Belloc are likely to be a good predictor of the result of tomorrow’s referendum. Added to that, it is always difficult to overthrow what Milton Friedman called “the tyranny of the status quo”.... Read More »

Trivial pursuits

Tory MP Dr Sarah Wollaston has quit the Brexit campaign over what she says is the false claim that, outside the EU, the UK would be able to spend an extra £350 million per week on the NHS. As an outer, I also find this claim frustrating because it is inaccurate on so many levels... Read More »

Bog standards

With reference to last week’s post a reader known only as Les comments on that other website: On another subject – once again Old Grumpy publicly calls Cllr Adams a liar. To me this is, or should be serious. Surely Cllr Adams should now as a matter of honour challenge this or accept that Cllr... Read More »

Carry on lying

Carry on lyingBack in November 2013, I wrote a piece about the roof at Coronation School Pembroke Dock which was supposed to have been completely reslated at great expense. The photo that accompanied the article seemed to show conclusively that some parts of the roof hadn’t been touched (see Night on the tiles.) My concerns about this... Read More »

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