Discussion about the Welsh Assembly

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Leighton Andrews: my part in Hitler's downfall

Labour AM Leighton Andrews would like it to be known that he has not called for a ban on the display of swastikas. To be clear:

I have supported a call for a review of the public display of the swastika, as suggested by my colleague Alun Pugh AM. This has been inaccurately reported by one blogger as a call for a ban. In my view, a review would entail some examination of the context of where and how it might be appropriate for the swastika to be used.
We hope that's clear, everyone.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Hitler, Alan Pugh's part in his downfall

Alan Pugh,the Assembly Culture Minister, has written to the Home Office, asking for a review of the law about wearing and displaying Nazi regalia.

There is another unpleasant mass murderer in the 20th Century for Alan Pugh to consider:

It is generally agreed by historians that if famines, prison and labour camp mortality, and state terrorism (deportations and political purges) are taken into account, Stalin and his colleagues were directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of millions...most estimates put the figure between 8 and 20 million

[source: Wikipedia on Stalin]

So no doubt Alan Pugh will be asking the Home Office to consider reviewing the law about CCCP t-shirts, little USSR star lapel badges and the like.

But no, hang on, there's no bandwagon to jump on and no easy headlines in that one.

Yes, Alan, we didn't like to see Harry in the uniform. No Alan, the immediate response isn't to change the law 64 years after the event.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Brian Gibbons and the NHS in Wales

The auditor general for Wales produced a damning report on the management of the NHS by the Welsh Assembly. The new Health Minister, just interviewed on the TV said:

the aim is to move into a new phase where we enhance the patient experience
Looks like he's following the example of his unloved predecessor Jane Hutt, if only in his bizarre speech patterns.