Tuesday, July 13, 2004
One of the joys of scrutinising secondary legislation in detail is the new words that I come across. This morning for example we were looking at The Common Agricultural Policy (Wine)(Wales)(Amendment) Regulations 2004 when the phrase 'organoleptic assessment panels' crossed my field of vision. Some careful thought quickly established that these are wine tasting sessions. I challenge anybody to try and say it after a few glasses of Welsh wine. And then this afternoon in Plenary the First Minister responded to questions on the Chancellor's civil service job-cutting targets for Wales by asserting that these are merely "aggregated asymmetric figures". If he is not careful this phrase may well become the Welsh version of "neo-classical endogenous growth theory".