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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Cerys, Jonathan and Rhodri

I was bemused to read in this morning's Western Mail that former Catatonia singer Cerys Matthews and rugby pundit Jonathan Davies have been recruited to star in a new film aimed at explaining the workings of the Welsh Assembly Government.

The idea is to make a two-minute film, which will be screened at big summer events this year such as the Royal Welsh Show and the National Eisteddfod. The film’s producer, John Morgan says that the film will 'explain some of the intricacies of the Assembly', which immediately brings into question his own knowledge as it is meant to be about the Government. The two are of course different in the same way as Parliament is different and separate from the UK Government.

He goes on to say that some of the topics discussed by Cerys Matthews and Jonathan Davies include the free car parking available at Welsh hospitals and public transport benefits for pensioners, a statement which added to my bemusement as it takes the film into a different arena.

It is all very well making a film explaining how Government works and its relationship with the Assembly but if it is to be used to promote controversial policies then it becomes party political. The question that must then be posed is whether or not it is appropriate to spend public money on the project? And talking of money, how much is this film costing? There is no clue in the article but it must be worth asking. A case for Mulder and Scully perhaps (sorry I could not resist).
Mmmmm! A Rugby man and a Singer to explain Wales Assembly intrigues. Next thing they may ask an Assembly Member to explain the even deeper intrigues of the Welsh Rugby Union and certain Choirs. Keep that flashy necktie and the Mike German quiff hair style Peter as they might just ask you to star in the role reversal film.
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One trusts that the script gives credit where it is due - or at least avoids giving the impression that Plaid Cymru initiated the policy.

As to AMs explaining the intrigues of the WRU, I thought Rhodri Morgan had already given his weighty opinion on the right path for Welsh rugby?
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