Wednesday, May 9, 2007


Welsh Secretary Peter Hain is at it again.

He told MPs this morning that Assembly Members need to work harder when they get new powers after next May’s elections. Presumably Le Hain was directing his comments at Labour AMs, though he didn’t specify.

Certainly Labour Assembly Members have form for complaining about there not being enough hours in the day.

Cardiff South and Penarth AM Lorraine Barrett once moaned that she was overworked, asking colleagues: “Will you explain to me why I do not have a free morning or a free afternoon between Tuesday and Thursday?”

Er ... because you're supposed to be at work, perhaps? Why not take the Monday and Friday off too, Lorraine, and make a week of it?

As mentioned blog postings passim Hain has a habit of putting his size 10s into matters that don’t concern him.

Amazing he finds time really given that most of his working hours are spent on his other jobs – namely Northern Ireland and his campaign to succeed John Prescott.

Welsh Conservative AM Alun Cairns is not impressed. Responding to Hain’s comments he said: “It is time Labour AMs woke up, stumbled out of the comfort zone they have occupied for far too long, and got on with some real, hard work.

“Peter Hain was clearly sending a message to members of his own party.

“Welsh Conservative AMs have consistently been ranked as the hardest working, most effective members of the Assembly over the last eight years.

“At the same time some Labour AMs have complained that they don’t have a day off during the week.

“We have always argued that the Assembly should do more and sit for longer so it can get to grips with the real issues facing Wales today.

“That is certainly what the people of Wales want and what we will continue to fight for.”


Blogger Christopher Glamorgan said...

When Harri met Roddy...

There was me thinking that Rhoders is distancing himself from Peter in order to cosy up to Ieuan Wyn.

Do you see what I've done Ieuan? Is that enough humbling for you? I did say that I've changed?


June 11, 2007 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger cleckanndra said...

Dear Whitchurch HQ,

How is a Tory party intractably opposed to breaking up the Union going to work with a Nationalist Party intractably committed to breaking up the Union.

How will this be sold to the Conservative and Unionist Party in the rest of the UK?

Or is the plan to do a deal in the hope that no-one will notice in the snoozy shires of England?

Or is there a medium-term strategy to encourage the English to demand an English Parliament (and independence from Wales, Ireland and Scotland) knowing that neither of the other parties could possibly win a majority over the Tories in an English Parliament?

Or is all this speculation just too clever by half, and in fact what's really going on is just raw ambition (and sod all core beliefs?)

Enlighten us, please.


June 25, 2007 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger cleckanndra said...

Are you still employed there? Do you read your blog? Are you engagaged in political debate. Or has Welsh C Party retired?

Cleckanndra. blogspot

July 2, 2007 at 4:22 AM  
Blogger oscar said...

Who is this arsehole in the previous posting?
What is he /she on about

July 13, 2007 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger cleckanndra said...

Which CSEs is it you're taking oscar?

Clearly not politics .... or debating ... or "having a good chuckle".

July 14, 2007 at 10:01 AM  

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