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 »

Flexifacts

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 »

Miscalculations

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 »

‘A’ level playing field?

At Monday’s extraordinary meeting of PCC members agreed by the wafer-thin margin of 25 – 24 to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pembrokeshire College regarding future ‘A’ level provision in the county. It was the view of many members, including me, that this MoU tilts the balance in favour of ‘A’ level provision... Read More »

It’s not what you know…

In his valedictory interviews with the local papers, Jamie Adams blamed his downfall on “keyboard warriors” and “two councillors with venomous and personal blogs”. He also told the Pembrokeshire Herald that the opposition had given him a hard time by arguing over “minutiae” such as the future of the council’s planning delegation panel. “It’s seen as best practice and yet... Read More »

One man’s meat . . .

Interviewed by the Western Telegraph, ousted county council leader Jamie Adams blamed his downfall on “keyboard warriors” and “some sections of the press and members with blogs”. At my age, it is flattering to be described as a warrior, even if armed with nothing more lethal than a keyboard. However, I was not amused when I... Read More »

False prospectus

Exciting times at the Kremlin on Cleddau as Jamie Adams’ failed administration is rejected by the voters and a new chapter opens under the leadership of David Simpson. Not that Jamie sees it quite like that because in a self-serving interview with the Western Telegraph he blames his downfall on “keyboard warriors” and “…some sections... Read More »

Deja vu all over again.

The good news is that Cllr David Simpson has decided to challenge Jamie Adams for the leadership of Pembrokeshire County Council. Even better, in order to avoid the perception that votes are being bought and sold, Cllr Simpson has promised not to offer cabinet seats or other allowance-bearing positions to anyone ahead of the Annual... Read More »

In denial

Normally, when the heads of political parties lead their followers over an electoral cliff, they do the decent thing and resign – think Neil Kinnock, John Major, William Hague, Michael Howard and, most recently, Ed Miliband. Jeremy Corbyn seems to be bucking the trend, but it is difficult to see how he can keep his... Read More »

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