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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Ieuan Air revisited

The old jokes are always the best. The Welsh Tories have reached into the book of faded political insults to make a perfectly valid point about the heavily subsidised airlink between Cardiff and Ynys Mon.

They said that the airlink should be renamed 'Ieuan air' because the deputy first minister is the "chief beneficiary". Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones has revealed that he has used the service 42 times since its launch a year ago. Staff in his private office have used the service eight times whilst staff in his assembly government department have taken the flights on 68 occasions.

The point that the subsidy would be better used paying for more sustainable public transport is one that the Welsh Liberal Democrats have made on a number of occasions.
I will be back and reviewing the blogs from Monday! Hope you will be keeping up the blogging and let me know if there are any blogs that need adding to the blog reviews!

By all accounts, the air link has been surprisingly successful, being popular with business people. One wonders whether the subsidy is necessary.
Cut the subsidy, end the flights but then give me the tax saving. I'll spend the money myself. On my flights.

I rather like the idea of watching someone with a big grin having to change trains, change buses or beg a lift home in a smelly car, for a journey that will take a day.

Come to think of it, I can't think of a greater incentive to vote Conservative. Roll on those next elections. We can then tell a grin to take a spin that will last all day!
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