Slow learners

There must be better things to do on a wet Thursday afternoon than sitting in front of the computer watching the webcast of the latest meeting of PCC’s schools and learning overview and scrutiny committee. My reason for putting myself through this slow torture was that the committee was considering a report on “Outcomes and... Read More »

The gift that keeps on giving

Just before Christmas all members of the council received a lengthy email from Cllr Rob Summons setting out his thoughts on the council’s pre-Christmas meeting, which, as I reported earlier, descended into a tangle of amendments and amendments to amendments to the point where nobody seemed to have the first idea of what was going... Read More »

Noble cause corruption

The young upstart has put up a novel-length post cataloguing his skirmishes with the former monitoring officer, Laurence Harding. Part of his exposition deals with the events at the full council on 13 December 2013, which just happened to be the first ever webcast meeting. I had put down a notice of motion calling for members to... Read More »

Skill shortages

A mole tells me that the Neyland Labour Party has selected a candidate to run against its former(?) branch chairman Simon Hancock, who, shortly after being elected under the party’s colours in 2012, defected from the Labour group on Pembrokeshire County Council to join Jamie Adams’ cabinet. Little is known about the new man – Simon... Read More »

He’s behind you

Last week’s Herald featured a front page advert for Sleeping Beauty at the Torch Theatre which included the endorsement “Best panto in Britain, The Western Mail”. To be fair to the Western Mail, this ad was probably composed before last Thursday’s meeting of the county council (Agenda item 13) when what had been a fairly sedate... Read More »

Fakes and facts

According to Wikipedia: A significant amount of fraudulent news during the 2016 United States election cycle came from adolescent youths in Macedonia attempting to rapidly profit from those believing their falsehoods. And when the BBC sent a reporter to the town of Veles Macedonia she found the streets lined with new cars and motor bikes and the bars... Read More »

Vanishing act

Back in September last year, I wrote about the efforts of Plaid Cymru AM Simon Thomas to find out what was going on with regard to irregular payments to Mr Cathal McCosker under the Commercial Property Grant Scheme (CPGS) in Pembroke Dock (see Cover-up). In response to his questions, Mr Thomas received a letter from Welsh... Read More »

Brexit road block

Although I was out on the streets campaigning for Brexit, I can’t go along with all this betrayal of democracy stuff that has followed the High Court’s decision that Parliament must take the decision on the triggering of Article 50. As I have said endlessly, we live in a constitutional democracy under the rule of... Read More »

Double counting

Despite a marked lack of co-operation from both Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire county councils, I have now managed to piece together a reasonably clear picture with regard to the Property Development Fund grant for the office block in Johnston. The starting point is the report to PCC’s cabinet on 5 January 2015 which set out the... Read More »

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 »

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