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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Politician of the Year

Come rain or shine the BBC2 Wales programme AM-PM broadcasts news of the Welsh Assembly to its tens of listeners every Tuesday and Wednesday between 11am and 1pm. This year they decided to hold what will hopefully be an annual awards ceremony for Welsh politicians. I say hopefully because I think it is good to focus people's minds on the political process every now and again.

Anyway there were five categories as follows:

Local Welsh Campaigner of the year - Blaenau Gwent AM, Peter Law
Most sartorial Welsh politician of the year - Presiding Officer, Dafydd Elis-Thomas
Best Welsh Communicator - Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP, Adam Price
Most outspoken Welsh politician of the year - Monmouth AM, David Davies
Welsh Politician of the year - Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP, Adam Price

For some strange reason I was nominated for best communicator and most sartorial politician. Clearly, my ties were a bit too adventurous for the judges who opted for the safe bet in the form of the Presiding Officer. This did not stop the programme rounding off the feature with a montage of some of my brighter neck pieces.

Update: The Western Mail reports on the awards but concentrates on the trivial issues. The deserved award for Adam Price as Welsh Politician of the year for example is not even mentioned. Instead they devote the best part of a page to the sartorial habits of the Presiding Officer. For reasons best known to themselves they have also airbrushed me out as one of the nominees. Presumably, they were dazzled by my Christmas tie.

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