Friday, 15 August 2008

Comment of the Week

Reviewing the comments on this blog I came across this piece of public relations:

I have to say, all these attacks on Leighton seem to be driven by jealousy. He is a highly effective and popular local AM who, unlike most of them, also happens to attract half-decent staff who happen to know their arse from their elbow.

Its no coincidence that Huw Lewis and Leighton Andrews have the best researchers in the Labour group. They are talented and exciting politicians who allow their staff the freedom to work on their own initiative so they always attract the most talented, loyal and long-serving helpers.

Carwyn's office, on the other hand...

It seems the role of political researcher is one to promote the leadership of their particular Assembly Member before Rhodri Morgan stands down. Hmm... if I'm a researcher and work for him while he's an AM/Deputy Minister, I wonder what my job description will be when he's Labour Leader/First Minister...

30 comments:

Anonymous 15 August 2008 at 12:09  
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Anonymous 15 August 2008 at 12:18  

Would have thought this has come from Huw's office, actually.

Miss Wagstaff 15 August 2008 at 13:09  

I've had to remove the comment from Anon 12:09 as it was an attack on a named individual, using the words 'nasty individual'.

Anon 12:18
Hence the reason why I wrote AM/Deputy Minister.

Anonymous 15 August 2008 at 13:32  
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Hen Ferchetan 15 August 2008 at 13:35  

Luke Holland! I finally have a name for the guy who leaves such nice comments about Huw Lewis on my blog under "anon" or "luke"!

Lord Kemsley 15 August 2008 at 15:04  

Even the Alistair Campbell will not be able to salvage Huw Lewis's reputation after the Affair of the Pyrex Bowl. All of this nonsense from the children who are employed as so called researcher shows how immature politics in the Bay really is. All this effort to produce press releases ect and most of the electorate still haven't got a clue who these people are.

Anonymous 15 August 2008 at 15:06  

"The real question is should Lewis really be employing people like this, who are clearly political appointments, out of tax payers money?"

That's the whole point. You need political savvy people working for you.

Welsh Conservative AMSS 15 August 2008 at 17:04  

To be honest, I would agree with the original comment poster. Luke, Matt and David Taylor (who works for Leighton) are probably the best the Labour group has to offer.

That's really not saying much though. Considering they are the largest group, their AMs and staff are mostly shit.

peter black's rabbit 15 August 2008 at 17:36  
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Anonymous 15 August 2008 at 18:09  
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Anonymous 16 August 2008 at 10:54  
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Anonymous 16 August 2008 at 11:40  

This is an entirely pointless thread, isn't it?.

'Project Lewis' is dead and buried. It's over. There's no coming back for him now.

However, whilst his political judgement has been found wanting his choice in interiors are second to none.

As for the aforementioned, they will be looking for alternative employment, if they haven't started doing so already.

Anonymous 16 August 2008 at 14:40  
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Mike 16 August 2008 at 20:51  

I agree re. David Taylor actually being quite a nice guy!

Daran 16 August 2008 at 22:39  

Let's be honest about this. These are names of minor political types within the four small walls of Wales.

Their masters are hardly UK recognised, so why should we pay any attention to their servants?

clive betts 17 August 2008 at 10:59  

Well said Daran - tiny minnows swimming with larger minnows - all of them minnows! The Bay is so myopic isn't it? They all need to get out more often! If any of these individuals were of any worth they would have made a career for themselves at Westminster or Strasbourg - where real power lies - not in that 'call-centre' type building in Cardiff Bay. If they were any good they would have been head-hunted long ago!

Anonymous 17 August 2008 at 11:50  

As would you have presumably, Clive?

Carl 17 August 2008 at 17:34  

Clive - for someone that has made a tidy career out of reporting nothing much for a lifetime here in Wales, your comments seem a little strange.

Daran - not sure if the word "servants" is entirely appropriate.

Anon 14.40 - you are clearly David Taylor.

Anonymous 17 August 2008 at 17:45  
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Anonymous 17 August 2008 at 21:30  
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Alan Ball isn't dead 18 August 2008 at 08:07  

Things we now know...

1. Some people rate these guys, some people do not. Hold the front page!
2. Many readers of this blog really need to get out more on the weekend.
3. Clive Betts is a complete tool.

Can we move on now? I'm sure that everyone, including the three poor sods who've been kicked around the place on this thread for the past few days, have better things to do with their lives.

Anonymous 18 August 2008 at 08:53  

Anon 21.30 - you are clearly Luke Holland

assembly mole 18 August 2008 at 08:54  

"he was a "shoo in" for the wales Labour Party press officer job, but was vetoed by Rhodri's media advisor ansd chief whip even though he was by far the best interviewee. Incidentally, the job ended up going to "a useless non-entity" according to my source."

Now that really is a bloody scandal as well as showing how stupid Labour in Wales have become. No wonder their press is so awful.

Anonymous 18 August 2008 at 08:57  
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Miss Wagstaff 18 August 2008 at 13:57  

I've removed some of the comments above as they're plain nasty in nature.

Just to remind you that I will aim to remove all comments that are abusive or legally defamatory. Anonymous comments are welcome.

anonymous comments welcomed 18 August 2008 at 16:13  
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Miss Wagstaff 18 August 2008 at 17:22  

"anonymous comments welcomed said... at 16:13"

But not abusive ones.

Anonymous 18 August 2008 at 19:56  

Crikes!
Only been away a couple of days
What a saga has unfolded here!

Miss Wagstaff 8 September 2008 at 18:09  

I've reopened comments on this post for all of two seconds to let others know that the comments made under the name of Clive Betts IS NOT Clive Betts (a freelance journalist who also acts as Political Editor of Cambria and writes much of the Cambriapolitico blog).

Clive Betts (journalist) posts under the identity of Cambriapolitico.

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