Jacob Williams
Friday 13th July, 2012

UPDATE: Down, but not out!

UPDATE: Down, but not out!

A certain councillor cut a rather dejected figure in County Hall today.

This formerly untouchable gaffer doesn’t know what to do next.

It would appear that this is the one scenario he hadn’t seen coming.

And if I’d suffered such a public, humiliating comedown after enjoying an eight-year period of unchallenged dominance, I can’t say I’d feel any different either.

I am referring, of course, to Cllr. Mike Stoddart (publisher of OldGrumpy.co.uk) and his latest website entry.

In this most tear-jerking of posts he fears he may be losing his touch, after being out-scooped twice within as many days by a “young Mr Williams” on this very site.

I must add that he puts the existence and “total accuracy” of my “little triumphs” down to “beginner’s luck” – what confidence he has for my sustainability!

I’m sure a man with Grumpy’s impeccable sense of fair play would agree that his unrivalled position at the top of the blogging tree was not in the best interests of the Pembrokeshire gossip-hunters – but I can offer him some consolation.

I’m quite sure that this council term is going to provide more than enough for both of us to cover.

I’m reminded of a phrase I used in my recent election campaign literature which is now becoming relevant once again: “this time there’s a choice.”

There’s plenty of room for both of us – and more, if, as I’m led to believe, there are other new councillors interested in setting up websites.

To show that he isn’t afraid of my threat, he has linked his readers to this site.

To show that his recognition hasn’t gone to my head, I can say that he really needn’t be so concerned. We compared website figures earlier, and I’m not quite there. Yet.

Updated, 17th July:

Sour grapes

I’ve heard on the grapevine that a Milford Haven supermarket’s current star offer is a particular brand of Chilean Merlot at a remarkable price reduction.

Readers would be well advised to steer their trolleys clear of this boozy bargain-bin. The plonk on offer appears to have been made using bad grapes, consumption of which can cause some unpleasant side-effects and a nasty after-taste.

Drinking alcohol can cause (amongst other things) over-confidence, impaired judgement, profound confusion and a state of depression.


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5 Comments...

  • PR

    Jacob, it’s fantastic to see another site in the same vein as Cllr Stoddart’s. It’s the local government equivalent of the free press.

    God knows what the likes of Hall and Davies would have got away with in recent years if it wasn’t for Mike Stoddart. I personally think he was individually responsible for the resignation of Brian Hall some years ago and I applaud him for his undying commitment to expose the wrongdoings of people in County Hall who are supposed to be serving us.

    I really loved the opening lines of this blog entry, I fell for it, thanks for a Saturday morning chuckle.

  • Expat

    Stellar work!! May the two of you continue to duke it out in the name of transparency and open government!!

  • Gwylon Phillips

    Great stuff, keep up the good work. Hwyl fawr.

  • Keanjo

    As a newcomer to Toady Hall, do you think the cabinet system which disenfranchises 3/4 of councillors from the management of the Council, to the detriment of their constituents and creates a insular power group of cronies, should be abolished and the system should return to the former more democratic system?

  • I believe that this owes more to the way things are carried out by those in charge at County Hall, rather than the system itself that the council operates under.

    I found a large laminated poster a few months ago which was published in 2000, which outlined the possible systems PCC could operate under. The options included a leader with cabinet, and also an elected mayor-type figure. I’ll have to dig it out for you and put it up on the site.

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