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 »

Brexit boost

Not a word from the Governor of the Bank of England; Institute of Fiscal Studies; IMF; OECD; World Bank: BBC; or rest of the experts who were wheeled out during the referendum campaign, on the positive effect of Brexit on Team GB’s Olympic performance. There are those who will argue, with some justification, that correlation... Read More »

Labour pains

With Parliament and the courts in recess, and many people sunning themselves on the beaches, August marks the height of the “silly season” when newspaper editors will print almost anything in order to avoid having blank pages in their publications. It is usually about this time of year that the Western Telegraph has a splash... Read More »

Cornish pixies

Following my post (Mutual backscratchers) in which I compared the time it took to bring a case involving the theft of £33,000 from the Pater Hall Trust to trial (18 months) and that taken over the investigation of the irregularities in CPGS grants in Pembroke Dock (two and a half years and counting) someone sent... Read More »

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 »

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