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Monday, June 19, 2006

Return to sender

I have been a bit pre-occupied today, not least by some major dental work, and so have not had much opportunity to post. I am indebted therefore to Daniel Davies for doing all the hard work and posting this story, which I only had second hand from my staff anyway. Then again it looks like he relied on the same source as me:

AMs should this week receive invitations from Welsh Secretary Peter Hain to his summer reception on July 25. However the invitations have been put in the wrong envelopes.Rhodri Morgan's has gone to Lib Dem AM Peter Black while, we're told, Mr Black's has gone to Tory AM Glyn Davies. Plaid AM Dai Lloyd was shocked to find an invitation for Brynle Williams when he opened his.

"Maybe it’s fancy dress and you have to come as the person whose invite you receive?," a Lib Dem source says.Sadly not. The Wales Office says it's a "clerical error." I'm reminded of the Tory MP who sent me a Christmas card postmarked January 2006.

I do think that it is a good thing that so many Welsh journalists are blogging now. Anyway the upshot of this is that around about 6pm tonight we all received an e-mailed apology from the Wales Office:

It has come to our attention that a number of the invitations issued last Friday to the Secretary of State's Summer reception were misdirected. Please accept our apologies for this error. The summer reception will take place at 6.30pm on Tuesday 25th July in the new Assembly building, all Assembly Members are cordially invited to attend.

Once again, please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. We hope to see as many of you there as possible.

Let us hope that Peter Hain offers suitable fare as compensation for the error. After all his budget is big enough.
Does Mick Bates win the prize draw for actually having received his own invitation?
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