Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Comment of the Week

I've chosen the following as 'Comment(s) of the Week' as some match my own opinion, and others confirm rumours that I've heard regarding Christopher Glamorganshire.

Thank you from Matt Wardman and myself, to all that shed some light on the Glamorganshire blog and took the time out to share their views. If you hear more, please comment further on THIS post.

(1) Not sure whether the union supported the case from the very beginning. If they did, and pulled out after a year, that's irresponsible in my book. Sounds like they led him up the garden path only to slam the door in his face at the end.

(2) As an avid reader of Welsh blogs I saw Glamorganshire's blog as being light hearted and a refreshing break from the serious point scoring political blogs. Glyn Davies sums it up well in the original media article as providing "neutral running commentary".

(3) Two things that we must keep in mind - it has not been established that he broke the rules, and it has not been established that he broke his contract.

(4) I met Chris through working in a Business Unit. He was hard working, clever, and was always eager to help. The Assembly has lost a good worker and all because of an amusing blog that did no real harm, other than to himself in the long run.
No one knew he had a blog. The majority wouldn't care. I spoke to a mate who works in human resources the other day to see what all the fuss was about and the response was "He was just unlucky to have done it at that time".

I've been told that the former Permanent Secretary, Sir Jon Shortridge who was mentioned in name by the BBC, wanted all "IT abusers" punished. This was partly down to a leak from Cabinet Secretariat at the time, and the Perm couldn't tolerate such events happening on his shift.


Anonymous 23 September 2008 at 13:58  

The Warman Wire and you seem to be big pals with Christopher. Why are you fighting his corner?

Suze 23 September 2008 at 17:26  

I would've thought it is obvious. Both bloggers are sticking up for a former blogger and singing the praises for freedom of speech.

Miss Wagstaff 24 September 2008 at 10:47  

In short, Suze has got it in one.

As Matt Wardman has also said:

"I can't see anything here [Civil Service Code] that a blog that "has the potential to cause embarrassment to the WAG" (i.e., a putative crime not committed yet) an offence. I can't see anything that makes actually causing that embarrassment an offence, since the highest obligation is to public service (not "WAG service"). I can see that using insider information for political purposes is a problem, but that is not mentioned as proven.

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