Friday, 17 October 2008

A picture paints a thousand words

Welsh Economic Summit

Welsh Assembly Government met business and union leaders in a yesterday between 9 and 12, with 15 mins for coffee.

First Minister Rhodri Morgan said the summit was "remarkable" and showed Wales was "stepping up to the plate".

There was me thinking that they've had the responsibility for doing something for some time, after all, to be forewarned is to be forearmed.

18 comments:

Stonemason 17 October 2008 at 06:21  

A little like speed dating methinks, the summit that is.

Rhodri would be referring to a "plate of hash" no doubt, it might be "remarkable hash" though I doubt it.

Anonymous 17 October 2008 at 09:58  

IWJ was a bit weak on Dragon's Eye last night. Lots of little policies and bits of grants which you just know will be more bother than it's worth to fill in the form, be humiliated by a public servant and then get a measly £10k.

Masters was almost begging him to give a 'big idea' (after all it's a bloody big problem) and IWJ said no.

He made the point that the Assembly couldn't lower corporation tax but failed to ram the message home that that was the reason why Plaid wanted the Assembly to have more power. But then, he's also sat on any popular campaign to start working towards a yes vote.

As some one said once, the best you get from IWJ is a score draw.

He had a chance to promote a radical Welsh agenda and he just gave us more of the same and minor policy changes. Hardly inspiring - bit like holding this conference for business over a week later than it was needed.

Anonymous 17 October 2008 at 10:06  

As many have said - it's too little too late. The lateness of this summit wouldn't even be a big deal if the ideas were inspiring.

Wales deserves better!

Jones the boy 17 October 2008 at 10:08  

Taking back some of the freebies that are just gimmicks would be a start. Suppose laptops for school children will now be shelved.

Another Plaid policy put on the backburner.

Jonesthegirl 17 October 2008 at 10:09  

Releasing government owned land for housing that you cannot get mortgages for.

Who thought of that non-starter? Who the hell is going to buy them... the Welsh Assembly Government?

Anonymous 17 October 2008 at 10:13  

Labour have put electoral advantage over everthing else whil ein government and now it's turned round to bite them on the a*se.

Collective respoonsibility is one thing but supposing Labour tries to shift most of the blame on our Ieuan Wyn Jones as Economic Minister.

Anonymous 17 October 2008 at 10:47  

"Taking back some of the freebies that are just gimmicks would be a start. Suppose laptops for school children will now be shelved.

Another Plaid policy put on the backburner."

So you want them to shelve freebies and then attack plaid if they put this idea on the back burner. Hmmm yes that makes sense? idiot!

Anonymous 17 October 2008 at 11:02  

Paying lip service to Wales sums it up nicely as arrogant Labour-Plaid seem to think that being seen to do something will convince the average thicko voter.

Miss Wagstaff 17 October 2008 at 11:11  

Senedd Whip,

Superb photograph for a dress down Friday (not Rhodri on this occasion). Let's hope that Wales doesn't hit this brick wall.

Pippa

Anonymous 17 October 2008 at 11:48  

You have got to ask the question where the CBI have been for the last 12 months. If their leaders could remove their heads from up politicians backsides and focused on what was happening to their members, then perhaps we wouldn't be 12 months late in coming up with a solution. A complete waste of time....

The Western Male 17 October 2008 at 13:39  

http://thewesternmale.blogspot.com/2008/10/talking-bullshit-about-plans-announced.html

Che Grav-ara 17 October 2008 at 14:39  
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Anonymous 17 October 2008 at 15:58  

The meeting looked as uncomfortable as the Tory AMs group meeting since Bourne's media balls up!

Stonemason 17 October 2008 at 18:14  

The Faerie King doth smile, a knowing smile perhaps.

He knows there is little to be done in Cardiff.

He knows methinks who is to follow in his footsteps.

He knows the "One Wales coalition" was a monumental mistake.

He knows!

Ordovicius 17 October 2008 at 21:05  

arrogant Labour-Plaid seem to think that being seen to do something will convince the average thicko voter.

Are you suggesting then that they should be seen to do nothing?

arthur english 18 October 2008 at 15:22  

Ordovicius said....

Are you suggesting then that they should be seen to do nothing?

Well Ordo, they appear to be doing nothing apart from tinkering around the edges.

Wales simply needs strong leadership, a quality which is clearly not apparent in ANY of the current denizens of this stupid Asssembly.

I have no real personal preference which party they are from as long as they show the neccessary qualities.

What a shambles!

Ordovicius 18 October 2008 at 19:29  

Well Ordo, they appear to be doing nothing apart from tinkering around the edges.

They're doing what they can, given that Welsh MPs are set on obstructing them at every turn.

Wales simply needs strong leadership,

Agreed, ut it's for Rhodri Morgan to put his MP pals in their place. Ieuan can't do it for him.

Anonymous 18 October 2008 at 23:49  

Tis whole charade was an exercise in spin which most of the journalists swallowed hook line and sinker. The idea of giving away land owned by the taxpayer is really laughable and has not as usual been thought through.

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