Discussion about the Welsh Assembly

Friday, October 29, 2004

Intriguing suggestion

Culturenet Cymru still won't reveal the 100 Welsh Heroes database so there's an intriguing sugestion that statistical analysis of the published figures may demonstrate that the poll results were interfered with in the manner suggested by Culturenet Cymru's ex-IT Manager.

NHS Safe?

Jane Hutt has been health minister since the Assembly was founded.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Kinnock against more assembly power

Former Labour leader Neil Kinnock has said he would campaign against extra powers for the Welsh assembly if there is another referendum on devolution

Put an end to this

It seems that the Chair of Culturenet Cymru has now confused Simon Thomas, MP about the program (or, 'programme', as Mr Green calls it) that was written by the ex-IT Manager to fiddle the 100 Welsh Heroes votes.

Mr Green told Simon Thomas that a program did indeed exist but was for the purpose of entering postal votes. But in reality, the program dealt with percentage adjustments and could not be used in the way claimed by Mr Green.

When will Mr Green properly investigate the misuse of funds by Culturenet Cymru? We're told that he should talk to Culturenet's Acting Director, the Marketing Manager, and the 'Data/Web' Officer.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Not Culturenet Again

Sorry to harp on after our brief break about that tiresome error, Culturenet Cymru, but it seems that Peter Black has been getting somewhere with the clownish Alan Pugh. Only, where he's getting is confusing.

Alan Pugh's response to Peter Black is too delicate to bear much scrutiny so this will be quick.

The Chair set out clearly the nature of the legal advice received. Culturenet Cymru received legal advice that articles in the press could be regarded as defamatory, but that Culturenet Cymru’s resources, which are derived from public funds, should not be spent on legal action unless there was no choice

Now, the advice about resource usage is not legal advice. And it wasn't articles in the press that someone at Culturenet had said were defamatory but the remarks made by the ICT Manager.

We're happy to repeat the true statement that the 100 Welsh Heroes poll was fixed, it was fixed from the beginning, it was fixed every week, it was fixed to encourage future funding of Culturenet by appearing to be a worthwhile project, and that many of the staff at Culturenet Cymru knew this was the case.

We're also happy to report that either the investigation by 'the Chair' (Andrew Green) has been completely ineffective or someone's telling porkies. Or both.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

The National Library and the Welsh Assembly

The Welsh Assembly is proposing to take direct control of the National Library Given the record of the Assembly we wonder if this is a good idea. Then we recall the record of the Libary and its managers and decide on balance it's probably a good idea.