Paper tigers

On the Facebook page Pembrokeshire Local Election 2017, the site’s host and independent candidate for Rudbaxton, Ryan Dansie, promises that, if elected, he will put down a notice of motion calling for powers to be transferred from the cabinet to full council. Indeed the site is well stocked with candidates promising to go around breaking... Read More »

Actions speak louder…

Facebook is replete with accounts of the Sign Wars in Pembroke Dock, so, on my way home from doing a bit of gardening at Tessa’s place near Lamphey, I decided to take a run around the town to see what all the excitement was about. During the 2010 General Election campaign, I was driving along... Read More »

What’s in a name

Comments on the Facebook page “Pembrokeshire Election 2017” seem to suggest that there are still a few people who are unfamiliar with the abbreviation IPPG. Before the 2012 election, this shadowy organisation was known as the IPG (Independent Political Group) but, for reasons which I will reveal later, it is now known as the Independent... Read More »

Election capers

Elections are always fertile ground for slogans, empty promises and pious platitudes. The Western Telegraph is offering space on its website for candidates to make their pitch for votes and utopia beckons if even half of what is on offer materialises. The contribution of the Tory party candidate for Llanrhian brought a smile to my... Read More »

Off the rails.

The month running up to local elections is governed by the “purdah rules” which forbid governments and local authorities from announcing major projects that might tilt the result in favour of their supporters. That’s the theory anyway, but word doesn’t seem to have reached the Welsh Labour Government in Cardiff which this morning outlined plans... Read More »

Hot gossip

Hot gossipA couple of weeks ago, I reported on rumours circulating in the members’ tearoom that, in order to protect their electoral backs, three IPPG members were about to defect to the Conservatives. Following a study of previous election results (and, I must admit, a tip-off from a well informed source) I concluded that the three ruling... Read More »

Cabinet puddings

For the past few months, Grumpette has been on a mission over the amount PCC charges owners of former council houses when they wish to buy the piece of grass in front of their properties with a view to providing themselves with off-street parking. This was brought to her attention by one of her constituents... Read More »

Rhodri’s return

A reader has sent me a link to a story on the BBC’s website about a Rhodri Colwyn Philipps who has been “charged with making malicious communications, with racially aggravated factors” to one Gina Miller, who many of you will know as the lady who brought the case that resulted in Theresa May being forced... Read More »

Lifting the veil

It appears that a public-spirited councillor has provided the press with the independent social worker’s report on events surrounding convicted paedophile Mik Smith’s application to become a foster parent. I have been pursuing this issue for upwards of two years and, although I am not responsible for the leak, I salute the member who was.... Read More »

A sorry business

Sorry was not the hardest word at last week’s meeting of full council as the chief executive and leader both apologised to members for failures of one sort or another. First to don the sackcloth was Mr Westley who apologised to Cllr Paul Miller for the council’s failure to produce a report on 3G pitches.... Read More »

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