Thursday, 7 February 2008

AM Bloggers: A Remedy

Glyn Davies and Peter Black AM have recently aired their views on the Assembly's guidance to Assembly Members blogging.


Glyn Davies lets us know what his close friend Edna thinks of it all - I hope he's paying her phone bill for all these tit-bits he's being offered.

As the most active of current Assembly bloggers, Peter Black speaks from the gallows that Jeffrey Cuthbert has built:
Reading through the note it was difficult not to feel that they were protesting just a little bit too much. In the second paragraph they assert: 'From the outset, we would like to stress that we do not intend to suggest that the use of Blogs by Members be prohibited in any way.' Just four paragraphs later they tell us again: 'Members should not be discouraged from using Blogs – this note is simply trying to make members aware of the potential hazards of using the sites inappropriately.' All-in-all one could not help but get the impression that what they are really saying is that: 'We don't like blogs and we dislike bloggers even more, however we cannot do anything to stop you. If you must persist with this odious activity then watch out, because we are going to get you. 'So much for openness, transparency and the use of new technology.
N.B. Assembly Members that blog could carry on as usual or heed to the advice of the Standards' Committee. There is a third way - playing it safe like this man.

9 comments:

committee clerk 7 February 2008 at 11:02  

Leighton was never a serious blogger. End of story.

Pending 7 February 2008 at 11:23  

What's funny is that you just know he gets shed-loads of comments every day, almost all of them calling him a unpleasent names. He really is a joke more than ever now he's taken Rhodri's pieces of silver.

mutleythedog 7 February 2008 at 12:22  

Does anyone blog in Welsh? Welcometo BP by the way...

Miss Wagstaff 7 February 2008 at 14:39  

Thanks Mutley. There are many blogging in Welsh, namely Ordovicius and Vaughan Roderick on my blogroll.

Afghan Wolfhound on Barry beach 8 February 2008 at 10:36  

Leighton Andrews - play it safe? Play it dull, more like.

watchdog 8 February 2008 at 15:08  

Whatever happened to Alun Cairns blogging? The Welsh blogosphere is becoming sparce these days.

Damon Lord 8 February 2008 at 21:56  

He's not blogged since November. Come back, Mr Cairns!

Anonymous 12 February 2008 at 19:05  

Basically the reason Alun Cairns stopped blogging is because he got caught out using public funds for hosting a political blog. The freedom of information request came from a Labour AM's office. Hmm i wonder.

Miss Wagstaff 13 February 2008 at 10:43  

Anon 19:05 I had put it down to other things myself. Hope it doesn't keep him away for too long - AM bloggers are a dying breed.

I wonder if it was down to a Labour member that Alun has referred to in his blog. Hmm!

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