Thursday, 2 December 2010

Rubbing salt into the wound

Courtesy of Mark Wadsworth I am pointed to this piece of BBC news.
"The effects of last winter are plain to see..............."
So, John Davies - Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) spokesman - were supplies re-ordered or not. That statement would lead one to believe that the answer is the latter. Perhaps the people of Powys, Carmarthenshire and Caerphilly should submit an FOI request or two? Come to that, perhaps we should all submit FOI requests to our respective councils?

According to the website of the WLGA:
"The WLGA's primary purposes are to promote better local government and its reputation and to support authorities in the development of policies and priorities which will improve public services and democracy."
or for those who speak Welsh:
"Prif ddibenion WLGA yw hyrwyddo safonau ac enw da maes llywodraeth leol a helpu'r awdurdodau i ddatblygu polisïau a blaenoriaethau a fydd yn gwella gwasanaethau i'r cyhoedd a democratiaeth."
Either way, if the WLGA's  raison d'etre is to "promote local government" and to "support authorities in the development of their policies and priorities which will improve public services", just WTF are they being paid for?

Mind you, no doubt that last question could well be address to the English counterpart of the WLGA and its councils!

4 comments:

Mark Wadsworth said...

Ta for link.

Are you allowed to use Welsh spellings in a scrabble game?

Witterings From Witney said...

MW: my pleasure.

Don't know if there are enough of each letter to even spell a word!

Malcolm Stevas said...

One of the reasons I support self-government for Wales - full idependence, that is - is that I would be intrigued to see the extent to which the Welsh Assembly's passion for spending money on things the value of which is not immediately discernible might survive, along with its ideology-driven (and very expensive) love of dual-language road signs for the 15% of the Welsh who actually speak that language... Welsh Socialism might be very traditional but it's an indulgence funded, traditionally, by English taxpayers. If they had to pay for it themselves it's possible that things might change.

Witterings From Witney said...

Malcolm S: Quite agree, money where mouth is springs to mind......