Two Welsh Labour Assembly politicians who left their cabinet post under a cloud have been given space by the Wasting Mule to boost their already inflated egos
“I didn’t feel that request was in anyway unusual or would create difficulties. I felt it was a reasonable request to make at the time.”He said he’d sought the information “in order to understand where people are coming from in asking a question”.“At that time in July I was coming to the end of a series of decision sessions on CAP and Pillar 2,” he said – Pillar 2 being a part of CAP.“I just wanted to understand whether anybody questioning me, particularly on Pillar 2 subsidies, had any personal issue for asking those questions. It was personally for my own background that I wanted to understand that.So it seems that Alun Davies only regret is that he was caught and that if he was ever to return to Cabinet he would continue more or less in the same vein
The second piece is a review of former Education Minister Leighton Andrews on his time in office.by Dr Philip Dixon, with whom he developed a strong working relationship, (so hardly an unbiased appraisal
You can get a taste of the Dr Dixon admiration for Andrews with the opening paragraph.
Who is the most recognised Welsh politician on the UK stage? The First Minister or his erstwhile Education Minister, Leighton Andrews?Pass the sick bag Alice.
It’s a moot point. For years the London-based media had been all but blind to Wales. This book tells how they became aware that “for Wales, see England” is no longer the case.
The book is fascinating on many levels. Mr Andrews’ early personal experiences ignited his passion for education. His encounter with the grammar school system, and his brother’s rejection by it, sowed the seeds for his total commitment to comprehensive schooling.
Given his own struggle, excuses for under-achievement proffered by the educational establishment just make him “angry”. As a working-class boy who grew up in what is now the minister’s constituency, I could not agree more.
Is he really a working class boy ? Perhaps DR Dixon or Leighton himself can answer?
At least Dr Dixon mentions that "The book’s one glaring omission is his departure from office, of which nothing is said. Perhaps that will come in the memoirs".
and that At the end of the day, this is inevitably a partisan book. It is written by a politician understandably keen to justify his actions and the actions of his party.