Tuesday, 22 July 2008

The Westminster Way v The Welsh Way

On 24 January 2008 Peter Hain resigned as Secretary of State for Wales and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. That same day he was replaced by James Purnell.

On 18 July 2008 Rhodri Glyn Thomas 'resigned' as Minister for Heritage in the Welsh Assembly Government.

We're still waiting...

9 comments:

Anonymous 22 July 2008 at 09:42  

To much of a sleepy attitude to politics. No wonder people turn off in their millions.

Giro Boy 22 July 2008 at 11:15  

Would it really make that much difference to Welsh life if a new Heritage Minister wasn't appointed for at least a year? Most people in Wales still don't know who Rhodri Glyn Thomas was or is for that matter. It's just an issue which concerns the small number of individuals who were in the Eli Jenkins when the good reverend's political career went up in smoke. The attitude of most Welsh voters to the goings on of most AMs is probaby similar to the Indian villager who in the 1970s was asked his opinion about Indira Ghandi. His reply was the classic 'What has happened to the British?' The Assembly is just another Welfare to Work programme designed to stop 60 individuals joining the ranks of the unemployed. Lets' face it who in their right mind would employ any of them.

Hen Ferchetan 22 July 2008 at 11:25  

Three things:

1. Hain resigned on 24th January 2008 after weeks of intense pressure and everyone knowing his time was up. Rhodri Glyn Thomas resigned on 18July 2008 without anyone expecting it and no time to line up a successor

2. James Purnell was already a minister and his history had therefore already been quadruple checked by Labour staff to ensure there was no skeletons or unexplained business dealings. Plaid have no AM's with previous ministirial duties and will therefore need to carry out the checks into their new Minister's past.

2. These things are very hard to organise by long distance calls. It takes a bit of time to, hypothetically, make arrangements with a, hyopthetical, AM who was abroad on holiday (somewhere like Italy perhaps?)

Anonymous 22 July 2008 at 11:41  

You'd think that checks have already been made by those in the Plaid Cymru hierarchy. It's not as if there's a great number to run checks on.

Hen Ferchetan 22 July 2008 at 12:58  

The cheks on a candidate for AM would be much less than for a minister (same for between MP and Minister).

Before a party selects a minister, in London or Cardiff, they would be quadruple checking everything. There isn't anything more damaging than selecting a minister only to have him resign a week later due to some undeclared shares bought 30 years ago.

If our hypothetical minister for culture (inc broadcasting)-to-be used to own a television company then I'd expect there to be very careful checking taking place - not an easy thing to do fast when the hypothetical AM is on holiay!

Dotcommentator 22 July 2008 at 15:19  

Alun Ffred Jones has been appointed - FACT.

Anonymous 22 July 2008 at 16:05  

Alun it is

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2008/07/22/alun-ffred-jones-is-new-heritage-minister-91466-21384152/

Hen Ferchetan 22 July 2008 at 16:22  

Seems the phone lines to Italy were fixed eventually!

Miss Wagstaff 23 July 2008 at 12:12  

Hen,

Where there's a will, there's a way. :)

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