Archive for February 2014

Comical Keith

Comical KeithThe comments on the various websites have been uniformly critical of the IPPG’s antics at the recent extraordinary meeting of the county council. Of particular interest is the Oscar-worthy performance given by party loyalist Cllr Keith Lewis, which I have already alluded to in a previous post. Having now had time to study the webcast... Read More »

The art of the entirely possible

Back in December, I reported on Cllr David Pugh’s speech to council in which he accused me of lying about the grants awarded to Cathal McCosker for several properties in Pembroke Dock. Accompanied by the Leader, Cllr Jamie Adams, Pugh had been on a “fact-finding” mission to Pembroke Dock and had returned with proof certain that... Read More »

Playing for time

Following my account of the strange goings on with the tenders for No 10 Meyrick Street Pembroke Dock, I have received the email below from the council’s internal auditor explaining why no formal complaint has been made to the police despite what I took to be a firm pledge that this course of action would be... Read More »

Kerr QC and Keith the comeback kid

Friday’s extraordinary county council meeting turned out to be, well, extraordinary. The first part went smoothly enough as it was finally conceded that elected members had the right to see the opinion provided to the council by Timothy Kerr (pronounced car) QC. Mr Kerr was along to dispute the Wales Audit Office’s conclusion that the... Read More »

Unknown quantities – Kompetitive tendering

Unknown quantities – Kompetitive tenderingWe county councillors do lead exciting lives. On Friday we will be attending an extraordinary meeting in county hall to discuss the Welsh Audit Office’s (WAO) report on the controversial (unlawful?) pension arrangements for senior officers. The reports for this meeting can be found on the council’s website and it is clear from the letter... Read More »

Fiddlers on the roof

Fiddlers on the roofI have been dying to use that heading for a long time, but not being 100% sure of my facts, and having no ambition to put in an appearance in the libel courts, I hesitated. As part of the audit committee’s review/investigation of the administration of commercial property grants in Pembroke and Pembroke Dock, a... Read More »

No expense spared

I missed the first part of the audit committee’s debate on Cllr Jamie Adams’ unorthodox expense claiming habits because I had to wait in for a man who was coming to fit a new electric meter. However, much of what I did hear had the flavour of “how many angels can dance on the head of... Read More »

Take me to your Leader

One of the problems with politics is the difficulty those in power have in distinguishing between party and public interest. While Pembrokeshire County Council is steadfastly refusing to answer the Western Telegraph’s questions about what has become known as “the pensions scandal”, it seems that a small select group of the county’s residents have privileged... Read More »