Thursday, October 16, 2003
The Glamorgan Gazette reports that South Wales West Tory AM, Alun Cairns, has been judged the most charismatic candidate in May's Assembly elections. Apparently, the vote came from six internal monitors of S4C's output - all students at Aberystwyth University. He beat First Minister, Rhodri Morgan into second place. The reassuring part of this is that Alun was only being judged against other Welsh speakers. Nevertheless, it is still a kick in the teeth for the remaining 59 AMs if Alun Cairns is considered to be the most charismatic of all of us. Alun is reported to have commented, on being told of the vote, that he was "staggered". I should think so!