Friday, August 18, 2006

Internet sabotage

A funny story was pointed out to me on the Western Mail's website today (see below). I suspect internet sabotage.
The substance of the events within the story are not unusual though - getting spotted on telly while signing your Christmas cards in the Assembly chamber - as Lib Dem AM Jenny Randerson knows.

ALSO: This website is utterly bonkers.


Working hard Minister?
Aug 18 2006
Staff Reporter, Western Mail

LABOUR AM and Development Minister Matt Nichols was today hiding his embarrassment after cameras caught him writing Christmas Cards during an Economic debate. Minutes after the First Minister began outlining economic targets for Mr Nichols North Wales Constituency, he pulled a set of Charity Cards from his briefcase and began to add his signature and several jaunty messages.
Pictures from a member of the public clearly show him adding a beer glass to a Snowman Christmas Card and a "Nadolig Llawen" speech bubble to a Fat Santa Claus.
Mr Nichols didn't deny the incident and stated through his office that he had more than 600 cards to send this year and that as he had already read the First Minister's speech he was using his time efficiently.
Tory AM Mark Meldrum condemned this breach of protocol as "making a mockery of the debating chamber".
Mr Nichols constituents were far from happy.
Mrs Jones of Bala commented that he should be ashamed of himself and wondered haw he hoped to halt the economic decline of North Wales if he was busy writing Christmas cards.
Labour Press Officers made light of Mr Nichols Christmas Feelings, hinting that criticism was rather scrooge-like.
Yet as the costs of running this fully transparent Debating Chamber come under scrutiny, this comes as yet another hit of unemployment rates hit an all time high in the city of Cardiff.


Not blogged for a while. Holiday time. When Rhodri Morgan goes on holiday he stays at his caravan in Mwnt on the west Wales coast.
Another happy camper says it's easy to find Mr Morgan's caravan because "it's the scruffiest one on the campsite".

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Pull yourself together Morgan for God's sake

I met Rhodri Morgan's big brother Prys at the National Eisteddfod yesterday. Lovely chap. Told us about his family history.
He said the MP Tom Ellis once described an old relative of theirs as the finest political speaker outside the House of Commons.
Morgan senior said he gave Rhodri these gentle words of advice when he was a very nervous newly-elected MP: "'For God's sake,' I said. 'Pull yourself together. Remember what Tom Ellis said'. That gave him a lot of confidence when he went into the House for the first time."

Monday, August 07, 2006

Clamp down on Morgan

Rhodri Morgan got clamped last night while supping at the Pen and Wig, Cardiff. He managed to talk the clampers into releasing him, pleading with them that he thought he was parked in the patrons' car park.

The clamping did not involve his chauffeured first ministerial car, but his personal people carrier which, another Pen and Wig patron told me, "looks like a minibus".

Such a vehicle will be needed to transport the growing Morgan tribe. Mr Morgan probably popped in for a pint to celebrate the birth of his newest grandchild - his sixth in six year.