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Monday, August 14, 2006

Walking in a discourteous manner

When I first read the Western Mail headline 'Plaid leader's 'discourteous' walk' I automatically thought of the famous Monty Python Ministry of Silly Walks. It turns out however that the story is much more mundane.

Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones has been ticked off by National Assembly Presiding Officer Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas after failing to inform local AMs that he was walking through their constituencies in his recent 'Wales-wide walk'.

The original complaint came from Leighton Andrews who asked whether there is some kind of protocol regarding visits to constituencies by AMs who have no representational role there. It turns out that there isn't but that the Presiding Officer believes that one should exist.

The paper reports that Mr. Jones passed through his own constituency of Ynys Mon, as well as Conwy, Caernarfon, Meirionnydd Nant Conwy, Aberystwyth, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Preseli Pembrokeshire, Rhondda, Caerphilly, Newport East, Newport West, Llanelli and Swansea East. Only one of these areas is in my region and I did not receive notification either. However, it should be noted that if Ieuan Wyn Jones did walk through Swansea East he left behind no trace of his presence whatsoever.
I think the main problem is that most of us couldnt care where IWJ walks.. his rambling through wales is better than him rambling to tv cameras
you've got to be kidding me,

its funny LA had no quams with gordon brown visiting blaena gwent, no problem with tony blair visiting swansea, and im sure if rhodri morgan was on a tour in the run up to the next election he would have now problem with it.

this idea is idiocy. constituencies are not the private fiefdoms of representatives. any politician has the right to campaign in any place.
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