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Sunday, June 10, 2012

An occasional round-up of Welsh blogposts Part One

I have been meaning to do this for a bit but have not really had time. This selection of stuff that has caught my eye may not appear that often but I will endeavour to do it more than once.

First up is Glyn Davies MP who explains why, despite being opposed to the Euro he wants Britain to remain within the European Union: This issue has often been the basis of discussions I have enjoyed with my Ukip friends in mid Wales. The Euro is an issue we generally agree about. But where I disagree is that I'm not in favour of withdrawing from the European Union - at this stage anyway. Though I do think the consequences of the fight to save the Euro in its present form could seriously threaten the long term existence of the EU altogether.

Frank Little has reservations about the appointment of Tom Winsor as Chief Inspector of Constabulary: First, he was the author of a report which, while receiving a cautious welcome by politicians, has been largely condemned by the Police Federation. This is not going to make relations between politicians and police easy, as we move in to an era of elected police commissioners. Secondly, the Home Secretary had not thought fit to inform the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee of her decision in advance of the media release. Considering that the committee had been due to interview the preferred candidate next Tuesday (Independent report), this is disrespectful at best.

If you are in Cardiff anytime between no and 2 July pop down to the Waterloo Gardens Teahouse in Roath where the community project that is We Are Cardiff is staging its first ever hyperlocal exhibition. There are more details on Helia Phoenix's blog here.

Paul Flynn MP is his usual blunt self when he declares that the Prime Ministers' failure to report Jeremy Hunt for investigation due to a possible breach of the ministerial code has led to the rebirth of Parliamentary sleaze: On the Ministerial Code, Cameron is the judge, jury and sole prosecutor. Hunt had no control over his Special Adviser more than 500 times - a blatant breach of the code.

Mark Cole celebrates becoming the new chair of Ceredigion County Council at the tender age of 29.

Finally, Plaid Wrecsam questions the claim by Ceidiog Hughes, managing director of Ceidiog PR who estimates that taking the olympic torch to the summit of Snowden generated about £10m worth of free publicity for Wales: So where did Ceidiog Hughes get the £10 million quid come from? Is there a scientific basis for it and what exactly does it mean, does it mean that Visit Wales would need to spend £10 million to generate similar publicity or is it just a magical figure pulled out of thin air to create a headline for the Daily Post?
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