Thursday, 8 November 2007

Coalition creates new commitment - apparently

The following is taken from an email that I received last week and had to check out a few facts before publishing - don't forget to click on my email tab to send me any interesting titbit of information.

The email concerns this new coalition in Cardiff Bay that we keep hearing about, and the talk of it creating a new commitment.

What does this all mean?

As you can gather, the DFM or the Deputy First Minister as he is known to the majority of us, now has his own Private Office to deal with his affairs as both Minister for Economy and Transport and that of DFM. Apparently, it has been described to the media as an exceptionally busy and important place to work and the team has been drawn from the great and the good (cough!!!) across a variety of private offices of other ministers in Cabinet Secretariat.

Yes, we all expected that, but what else?

Apparently, the new Private Secretary to the DFM has felt the need to point out 'internally' that the office:

works closely with the First Minister's Office and that it is their job to try and avoid potential and perceived conflicts between the two. The different offices are all working to support one government, regardless of who the leader is, and not two different parties. The principles of good faith and fairness underpin all.
Sounds to me that there are known divisions within the staff of the Welsh Assembly Government, in addition to those we have recently witnessed in both political parties.


Glyn Davies 8 November 2007 at 13:54  

Quite right. The fact that this needed to be said tells us that there is a problem to be sorted out! Methinks it will not go away - no matter how many emails are sent.

Caronwen 9 November 2007 at 09:24  

If it needed to be said, then it sounds like even the staff are showing signs of not believing in this present government.

Jonty 9 November 2007 at 09:28  

Potential conflict between the two - priceless. What's worrying is that civil servants are increasingly being used as political pawns.

Gareth Jones 9 November 2007 at 09:44  

The gossip with us is that Ieuan Wyn Jones was unhappy with being allocated his Private Secretary as he is not a Welsh speaker.

Anonymous 9 November 2007 at 10:27  

Labour will also be appointing its own spokespersons to shadow Plaid Cymru's ministers next week, which is something that Plaid has already been doing with Labour ministers.

This will either provide more tension or even make the debates more sycophantic between Plaid and Labour.

Anonymous 15 November 2007 at 08:46  

I think you should start a post, taking bets on the exact date that the government falls apart. Whoever is closest when it happens should win a prize (maybe becoming first minister)It should only take a couple of weeks after all.

Rhian 20 November 2007 at 15:19  

He likes to have a strop so he won't be thanking you for this.

Caronwen 13 January 2008 at 14:30  

Has it all calmed down over the temporary appointment of one of his political staff to the role of civil servant (Diary Secretary)? People have such short memories.

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