Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Wobbly Wyn Jones holds firm

This is the epithet that Tory AMs have given Ieuan Wyn Jones.
They accused him of caving into Plaid AMs who fear being closely aligned with the Conservatives.
Sadly I fear the self-defeating irony of that is lost on most Tory AMs.
Ieuan got all angry at his press conference today.
While he was saying accusations of a wobble were “absolute nonsense” he reached across his desk to pour a glass of water.
It was a full bottle and a potentially tricky manoeuvre.
I paid close attention to his hand as he did so and can report that he held firm – did not spill a drop.

Friday, December 01, 2006

I will exterminate the Arts Coucil

Alun Pugh's ambition to control public arts funding was dealt a blow this week. A review by Elan Closs Stephens, commissioned by the Assembly after a defeat for the minority administration, said Mr Pugh should temper his ambition.
It proposes a "dual-key strategy board". It's the classic Welsh solution to a problem - form a committee.
Mr Pugh has had an unbelievable amount of flack about this. So when I found myself sat next to him at the ITV Wales politics award on Wednesday night I asked him for a scoop. What was he going to do with the Stephens report?
He responded by putting his hands behind his head and, in the voice of a Dalek, said: "I will exterminate the Arts Council, I will exterminate the Arts Council." Almost put me off my dinner.

Taking the Mick

The Presiding Officer will deal with Mick Bates in the chamber next week, I'm told. Meanwhile, I had forgotten about this.