Live now – pay later

As a result of answers provided by Cllr Jamie Adams to my questions at yesterday’s council meeting, we now know that two-and-a-half years after Mr Cathal McCosker offered to repay £184,000 in grant monies for four properties in Pembroke Dock, only £25,000 has been collected. I should say that these questions followed Mark Twain’s injunction that... Read More »

One law for us…

There have been quite a few occasions lately when important questions depended on the interpretation of constitutional issues by the judges. During the Labour leadership contest, m’learned friends were called into action to first decide whether Mr Corbyn as the sitting leader needed the signatures of 15% of MPs (he didn’t) and whether the party... Read More »

Milking the system

Well over 90% of all planning applications are determined by planning officers acting under delegated powers. Certain types of development – large housing sites and industrial developments, applications submitted by council members, etc – are reserved for the planning committee, but all the rest are determined by planning officers in private. Prior to 2002, when the... Read More »

When in a hole…

As they survey the wasteland created by the Corbynistas’ march through the Labour party, those moderates who signed Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership nomination papers are probably telling themselves: “Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time”. You will recall that, back in 2015, when Mr Corbyn was having difficulty drumming up the support of... Read More »

Mind the gap

The Establishment – in the shape of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire County Councils – is putting up a spirited defence against my attempt to obtain further information about the £300,000+ Property Development Fund grant for an office block in Johnston. I notice that the young whippersnapper raised this subject at a recent meeting of PCC’s audit... Read More »


The Welsh Government has provided a £10 million loan fund for regenerating the town centres of Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Pembroke and Pembroke Dock. First out of the traps was Milford Haven Port Authority which put in a bid for a £1 million interest free loan to renovate the semi-derelict Quay Stores building opposite the entrance... Read More »

Speaking out of turn

Welsh language education is dangerous territory for someone born in England and judging from the comments regarding the new Welsh school in Haverfordwest on the Western Telegraph’s website it is a subject that causes enough controversy without an incomer like me adding fuel to the flames. However, having lived in Pembrokeshire for almost 50 years, I... Read More »

Hidden Truths

Hidden TruthsLast week, a serving British soldier was arrested on suspected terrorist offences after police discovered quantities of arms and explosives hidden in both Northern Ireland and Devon. This reminded Old Grumpy of the successful police operation just before Christmas 1989 which led to the arrest of two IRA members on the cliff path near Newgale... Read More »

All that glisters is not gold

I recently drew attention to the silence of the BBC and the rest of the experts on the connection between the Brexit vote and Team GB’s triumph in Rio. This was not meant to be taken seriously, though we now know why David Cameron was so keen to get the referendum out of the way... Read More »


Self-financingA couple of weeks ago, I published information that seemed to indicate that part of a Property Development Grant for an office block in Johnston may have been redirected to pay for the drainage on an adjoining housing development carried out by the same company. The grant for the project was reported to Pembrokeshire County... Read More »

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