Updates and Ramblings


I have written recently – and at some length – about the changing composition of the Labour Party back in my home town. (See postings for February and March.) No longer do we see dockers, tinplate workers and other toilers selflessly contributing to the running of the ugly lovely town. Instead we see, increasingly, what may be termed ‘professional politicians’.

By which I mean, people who began their political involvement in school; so much so that these activities distracted them from their studies and precluded entry to a good university, which then resulted in them coming to Swansea, where they continued their political activities, even extended them, to also act as gofers for local politicians. The next step then is to branch out on one’s own, either in Swansea local politics or else by starting one’s negotiation of the labyrinthine innards of the Labour Party. It goes without saying that almost all those of whom I speak are Englanders. Such as young Simon Darvill, who was recently elected chairman of Young Labour.

So what is going on inside Labour? With the ilk of Prescott being phased out we increasingly see a party made up of besuited and smarmy career politicians who’ve never done a ‘real job’, and consequently have to rely on focus groups and other means to learn what ‘ordinary people’ think. (Then pretend they care.) This is clearly true at the UK level, increasingly so at the Welsh level and now, it seems, filtering down to local government level. (That the trend is less obvious in the Valleys is largely due to the lack of universities there.) But this trend does not seem to be confined to Wales.

The Labour leader of Newcastle city council appeared a few weeks ago on Newsnight and I was surprised to see (and hear) that he is from southern England! Is the Labour Party in such a poor state that Tyneside, one of its traditional bastions, can no longer produce its own leaders? Or is there another explanation? Is the control freak Labour Party now training cadres to be sent out around ‘the country’? We know that ‘parachuting’ in parliamentary candidates is common practice, but has it filtered down to lower levels of government?


Whenever a multinational company starts smooching politicians and communities in order to get planning permission to erect wind turbines it invariably does so promising jobs. The company hoping to erect wind turbines on Mynydd y Gwair (see February posts) is German company RWE Npower Renewables. Looking through the jobs advertised on its website I see that apart from those on offer in Germany, there are vacancies in Reading, Swindon and Iverness (sic). None in Wales.RWE

The RWE website also provided news of a conference held to discuss the worrying resistance in Wales to wind turbines. Did you know that consent rates for onshore windfarms is 67% in Scotland, 40% in England, but only 18% in Wales? Isn’t that something to be proud of! So a meeting – sponsored by RWE – was called in January to see what could be done to break this Welsh resistance. Read an account of the meeting here. Note also who was in attendance.


Today the wife and I took a spin to Rhuthun, a town we both like. (Though a socialist of my acquaintance thinks it’s ‘chintzy’!) En route, and because our area escaped the worst of the snow, we were surprised to see the white stuff still piled up on Bala High Street. And of course, being a woman, she complained when I pulled up alongside one of the piles and gave her instructions to go buy me a newspaper. “Can’t open the door”, she moaned. “What’s the bloody window for, woman?”

On the way home, instead of taking the direct route back to Bala, I decided to head over towards Cerrigydrudion (and there join the A5). Boy! even today, after a week of sunshine, the drifts were still massive, and in places encroaching onto the road. I began to get some appreciation of what the people of the north east had been through recently, especially the farmers. After getting home I switched on the BBC 1 Welsh News, in time to hear Alun Davies AM, Minister for Natural Resources and Food, defend the Welsh Management’s decision not to give financial aid to the farmers who had lost stock in the recent snowfall.

He justified the Assembly AM'sdecision with the following words: “You don’t create a strong business base by throwing public money at every problem you face”. Just think about that for a minute. This is a spokesman for a Labour administration, and a Labour Party that has done precisely that – throw public money at problems – since the Assembly came into being fourteen years ago. So what’s different about the farmers? Well, for a start, farmers don’t vote Labour, unlike the parasites who make up our Third Sector. To many within Labour the Welsh countryside should exist as envisioned by former AM Jane Davidson – a place of recreation and retreat for the English middle classes. Welsh farmers are brutes who threaten this idyll with, bulls . . . blocked paths . . . speaking Welsh . . . commercial milking parlours . . . noisy tractors . . . just being there, basically.

Labour, the party that keeps Wales poor in order to blame the Tories and stay in power. What a bunch of lying scumbags they are. And to think, until today’s imbecilic and insulting utterance, Alun Davies seemed one of the more acceptable Labour AMs.

9 thoughts on “Updates and Ramblings

  1. some footage of Alun Davies long before he became a minister and an advocate of thatcherite ‘sound money’ principles…i wonder if he still thinks the welsh labour party are ‘gangsters’?

  2. Re. THE POVERTY PARTY (Alun Davies)

    I know this guy. He originally hails from Tredegar (so he’s got as close to a Welsh hill farmer, and knows less about them and their farming difficulties than an average goat herder from Outer Mongolia). Anyway, he went to university in Aberystwyth. Guess what he studied? Yep – POLITICS, so a career politician in the making.

    As Aber uni. is a hotbed for young up and coming Welsh middle class “crachach” – the more successful ones (like Rhodri Williams – two term chair of the old Welsh Language Board – appointed by Jenny [Randy] Randerson) go on to “greater” things within the Taffia circles, and do their best to forget their CYIG involvement whilst young and impressionable at uni. Williams I believe was chair of CYIG during his student stint in Aber. Alun Davies was elected President of National Union of Students Wales whilst he was there, and of course was very pally at the time with the CYIG gang. The remainder of the drop-outs from uni – if they’re not too pushy, or have lower career target levels – stay in Aber and continue with Cymdeithas (and as Plaid foot soldiers) and become proud NGO paupers for the duration, this means that they do not have to hide their past shady student activities..

    Alun Davies, fresh from uni. and spying bright political horizons, decided that his involvement with CYIG & the “Nashies” could really hinder his chances of becoming elected. So he utilised the old technique of jumping ship and landing on the deck of the good ship “Welsh” LABOUR. Carwyn Jones I understand followed a similar route before him. Says a lot really!

    So, as a cabbage on a stick called Labour will get elected almost anywhere in the valleys – up pops our hero. As a “Labour Co-operative” Party candidate (spot the difference? OK you’d be excused if you couldn’t, so like everyone else we’ll call him “Labour” but it’s worth looking up what it means to be a “Labour Co-operative” member: http://www.party.coop/ – spot the windmills in the banner when you get there).

    So finally he achieves his goal – In July 2009 he was selected to fight his home seat of Blaenau Gwent at the next Assembly elections; he won the seat with a majority of 9,120 over the Independent candidate.

    On May 13, 2011 a beaming Alun was appointed Labour’s Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes in the Welsh Government. Big title! For someone who knows next to F*** All about the subject!

    Mind you, he has been around a bit. Originally a supporter of Plaid Cymru he stood as a Plaid-Green Alliance candidate (not a big surprise there – he seems to go in for these “alliances”) for the Blaenau Gwent parliamentary seat in 1992 and as a Plaid candidate for Cynon Valley in 1997. Then the penny dropped “I’m not getting anywhere fast here” he was heard muttering to himself – so he moved to the Labour Party and was Labour’s candidate in Ceredigion at the 2005 general election. He was chosen as first on the Labour Party list for ‘top-up’ seats from the Mid and West Wales region for the 2007 Assembly election, and because of Labour losses in the region the party secured two seats.

  3. treforus

    I must say that I immediately thought of the airport as well.

    A case of engage brain before opening mouth.

  4. Spirit of BME

    “You do not create a strong business base by throwing public money at it” . What is this guy on now . So they did not buy Cardiff Airport????

    1. Jac

      Not always. Sometimes I’m callous and inconsiderate. (I hope this question is a joke, and not from some humourless, socialist, ‘sister’?)

  5. Dave

    RE: RWE nPower Renewables conference

    I can’t abide Dafydd Elis-Thomas. His presence there and his comments reinforce every negative thought I have of him. He puts me off my breakfast. Yuk!!!

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