Wilful blindness

Last October, I put down a notice of motion calling for all correspondence between PCC, Wales European Funding Office (WEFO) and  Cathal McCosker regarding repayment of grant monies for properties in Pembroke Dock owned by Mr McCosker and his associated companies, to be made available for inspection by the council’s audit committee on a confidential... Read More »


Ambushed!Saturday was the anniversary of what became known as the St Valentine’s Massacre – the extraordinary council meeting on February 14 last year, when a large number of opposition councillors were debarred from taking part in a debate on a notice of motion, signed by Cllr Paul Miller and several others, calling for disciplinary proceedings... Read More »

On manoeuvres

The Western Telegraph website has a report on a recent meeting in St Davids where the penny seems to have dropped that Cllr Jamie Adams’ last minute concession (climbdown/U-turn/volte face/capitulation – call it what you will) over the closure of Ysgol Dewi Sant may not be all it seems to be. My advice to the... Read More »

Bryn the boy racer?

Several readers have sent me a copy of this extract from Hansard which shows the redoubtable Eric Pickles, Tory Minister for Local Government, on tremendous form at question time: Henry Smith: A recent TaxPayers Alliance study identified that the chief executive of Pembrokeshire council had a Porsche funded at a cost of some £90,000 and... Read More »

Feigning interest

Ahead of last Thursday’s debate on the future of secondary education in the north of the county, all members received an email from the monitoring officer offering advice on declarations of interest as set out in the Code of Conduct. Apparently, he had received “a couple of requests for advice on the application of the... Read More »

Election promises

Word reaches Old Grumpy that, at last week’s planning committee, Mr Keith Bradney, an objector to Cllr Johnny Allen-Mirehouse’s plans to stick five giant wind turbines on the Angle peninsula, began to read an extract from Johnny’s election address. Unfortunately, before he could tell the full story, Mr Bradney was interrupted by the council’s acting... Read More »

News from the Western Front

Complaints have been received that there is not enough Kremlinology on this site. I had thought that sort of juvenile tittle-tattle could be left to that other website, but if there is a demand for it here I will have to oblige. After all, the customer is always right. So let me bring you news... Read More »

Rewriting history

Last week, the Western Mail carried a story in which Stephen Crabb MP, Secretary of State for Wales, is quoted as saying: “The problem with Pembrokeshire – and I’ve been saying this for well over 10 years since I’ve been doing politics down there, is that Independent-run local authorities give you weak accountability. “There’s a slightly... Read More »

Herb garden

While other websites seek to amuse their readers during the festive season with fripperies like Golden DonQui awards, Old Grumpy would rather accentuate the positive by offering advice on creative activities such as planting a herb garden to provide delicious flavourings for soups, stews, casseroles and cold buffets throughout the year. Old Grumpy would recommend... Read More »

Blog standard

With the proliferation of political websites in the county, I have decided to do an end of the year review. The most recent entry into the field is Cllr Simon Hancock, Cabinet member with responsibility for old folk, like me. It begins, rather unpromisingly: “Welcome to my new website neylandnews.org.uk to showcase my work as... Read More »

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