Wednesday, 29 April 2009

In-tray Gossip

If I had been neglecting my partner and son over the last several weeks, I would have been keeping an eye on my in-tray instead of neglecting the sometimes overloaded thing.

I've heard a rumour that senior civil servants working close to Ministers in Cardiff Bay were allegedly given box tickets to Welsh home matches during this year's 6 Nations championship. At least 2 of them attended the Wales v England match this year courtesy of their ministerial masters. As my source has said, "Not a bad perk of the job".

Alegedly the Union are up-in-arms over this and believe that any spare tickets at the disposal of the Welsh Assembly Government should be raffled out among all staff of the Assembly Government, and not kept by those regarded as being down the bay. I wonder what Wales' Number 1 rugby fan thinks of this staff freebie?

On another matter our old friend Christopher Glamorganshire has reappeared. The latest rumour is that the Welsh Assembly Government is allegedly chasing him for legal costs circa £28k for being too ill to turn up to an employment tribunal. Rumour has it that the case is ongoing and will conclude in the next month or two. Betsan always seems to have the scoop on this, so I'm hoping she'll keep us posted.

I'll be dipping in and out of blogging from time to time, and won't be a complete stranger to blogging or my in-tray.


Anonymous 29 April 2009 at 18:44  

Give us names someone!!!!

Issy 29 April 2009 at 18:50  

Come back Wagstaff as we miss the gossip.

Tristran Transport 29 April 2009 at 18:52  

Surely WAG are entitled to chase him for legal costs if he dropped out, even if the only winner has been the lawyers.

Anonymous 29 April 2009 at 19:01  

As the Welsh Assembly Government is used to throwing away money why are we surprised? Good luck to Christopher. I hope he sticks it to them.

You can't get me... 29 April 2009 at 19:09  

By my reckoning, WAG must have allocated a years salary for a youngish lawyer to cover that case given the amount quoted. I have three questions:-

What are WAG hiding if they've done no wrong in sacking him?

Wouldn't it have been a better strategy to have offered him a few quid and hushed up the sacking, instead of letting the fees getting to this level?

As they've backed him into a corner, how can they possibly expect any damage limitation?

If I were him I'd come out fighting and spill all to the media. Whistleblowers are all the rage these days!!

Anonymous 29 April 2009 at 19:14  

Word of advice to Mr Glamorganshire.

As long as the information you give to the media is in the public interest you cannot be prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act. Keep this in mind when you decide to tell all. Besides, it's difficult to get a prosecution under the OSA unless it's of national security.

Anonymous 29 April 2009 at 19:33  

Understanding the law such an amount claimed would have to be detailed and come under close scrutiny of a judge. A solicitor would have to be careful that they are not seen to be taking advantage by dragging a case on longer than needed. Most cases that come to tribunal cost around £5-8k. Sounds like the lawyer has made a meal of this one.

Arty 29 April 2009 at 20:09  

Legal fees of £28K. Surely they used barristers and senior solicitors to bump up the fees. What a waste of public money.

The 'W' in WAG surely stands for WASTE!

'DC voice" 1 May 2009 at 17:40  

... anyways/Milliways ... in the words of Gloria Gaynor: "So you're back!"

Welcome back!

Anonymous 1 May 2009 at 18:13  

I saw Glamorganshire in the Senedd the other week. Does he now work there?

Anonymous 1 May 2009 at 18:15  

From what I remember of the blog, it was Conservative in outlook. I wonder if that's the real reason behind his sacking. It was pretty harmless from my recollection.

Anonymous 1 May 2009 at 18:32  

Christopher was sacked whether fairly or not back in the Autumn of 2007.

How the hell is this case still going on? No wonder the fees are so bloody high

Anonymous 7 May 2009 at 09:39  

Finally the Tories have a presence back on the Blogs! Welcome back Pippa

Shelley Gittins 10 May 2009 at 12:58  

It just goes to show you can't be too careful.

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