Jacob Williams
Ballot box dodgers
Thursday, 30th June, 2022

Ballot box dodgers

Some quite fairly anticipated my post-election writeup much sooner. It’s delayed and won’t cover many contests, but my pre-election preview wasnR...


Wednesday, 4th May, 2022

Just browsing

Just browsing

We’ll have to wait until Friday’s vote count to know who they are, but Pembrokeshire’s new cohort of councillors emerging from tomorrow’s local elections may never experience a pre-pandemic-style full council chamber. Fully remote meeti... Read more →


Monday, 18th April, 2022

PCC 2022: Ones to watch…

PCC 2022: Ones to watch…

The 2022 Pembrokeshire County Council election is already notable for its high number of uncontested seats. Nineteen of sixty councillors – your author included – have been returned without any opposition, meaning the 2022-2027 council is more than... Read more →


Tuesday, 29th March, 2022

Holding back?

There’s a week to go until nominations for Pembrokeshire County Council’s 2022 election close. One thing most council-watchers seem to agree on is j...


Grumpy’s return
Monday, 28th February, 2022

Grumpy’s return

And so, we reach the last day of February. In 2022 this turns out to be a particularly notable date, but not because it’s a leap day. Old Grumpy, the auth...


Monday, 17th January, 2022

Pay-off probes go public

Pay-off probes go public

Even those with only a passing interest in local politics have wondered why the investigation by Audit Wales into the unlawful £95k pay-off to Pembrokeshire County Council’s former chief executive, Ian Westley, as signed off in 2020 by the authorityR... Read more →


Monday, 13th December, 2021

PAY-OFF PROBE DRAFT REPORT ISSUED

PAY-OFF PROBE DRAFT REPORT ISSUED

• Audit Wales report finally finished • Confidential draft shown to PCC’s new CEO only • Will be made public soon – but possibly as late as February, 2022 • Claim has been made that full council was deliberately bypassed as a red line in pa... Read more →


Sunday, 14th November, 2021

‘Settlement Agreement’ decision deferred

‘Settlement Agreement’ decision deferred

Monday’s extraordinary meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council (November 8th) was convened to consider a secret report titled “Settlement Agreement.” This seven-page document was presented only to councillors. The public are prevented from se... Read more →


New meeting in pay-off saga
Monday, 1st November, 2021

New meeting in pay-off saga

Pembrokeshire’s county councillors have this afternoon been put on notice of a second extraordinary council meeting in relation to the former chief exec&#...


‘Holding position’ in pay-off saga
Tuesday, 12th October, 2021

‘Holding position’ in pay-off saga

Pembrokeshire councillors have decided to “defer any decision” in the former chief executive’s £95k pay-off saga. Yesterday’s extraordi...