Sunday, April 22, 2007

Panic - must read the manifesto

Just been reading Spin Doctor in today's Wales on Sunday, (where this blog gets a mention) and read a mocking piece about an interview that Mike Wood, our hard working candidate in Meirionydd Nant Conwy gave on Good Morning Wales last week. It seems that when Mike was asked what our Language Recovery Unit is, Mike said "Er... I don't know. I don't know what that is."

Well, firstly its hats off to Mike for such straightforward honesty - which will win him more votes than any other possible answer he could have given. But panic for me. What on earth is GMW asking such a detailed technical question as this for? I wouldn't have had a clue either. I have just checked up, and Melding promised to create an LRU to 'examine the international evidence in this area' - this being the need to take another bold step towards the goal of creating a truly bilingual nation. And if I might say, this sounds a damn fine idea.

I'm going to settle down to read our manifesto tomorrow to see what other gems are in there. I wish it wasn't quite so long. Melding has made so many commitments. It must be obvious to everyone that we're bursting with ideas for government. And I'd better read the full costs document as well. There must be scope for plenty of 'Smart Alec' questions in there. And Steve Dube of the Westwern Mail has asked for an article tomorrow as well. I won't have much time for door knocking tomorrow. I may have to use this blog as away of summarising it so that I can remember everything.

I have just watched Antoinette Sandbatch, our Delyn candidate on a BBC panel programme and she was just superbly cool and knowledgeable. I think she's going to win Delyn.


Alwyn ap Huw said...

Meirionydd Nant Conwy is no more - Mike Wood's hopes lie in Dwyfor Meirionydd

Glyn Davies AM said...

It gets worse. But my excuse is that I was only quoting the WoS. So I suppose there is a case for mocking the mocking Spin Doctor.

Anonymous said...

The damn cheek! the Spindoctor plagiarized me without so much as a hat tip.

Mike Wood said...

And I was hoping no-one had noticed and now you've alerted the world.

It's a tough call. I've had people telling me all week that I should have blagged it and answered a question that I wanted to answer. Maybe I'm just too naive, but isn't that what people say they don't like about politicans?

I don't mind looking like an idiot when I don't know an answer if people know that my answers to the other questions are genuine.

Glyn Davies AM said...

Mike, I completely disagree with those who have told you that you should have 'blagged' it or answered another question which you liked better. That is what too many politicians do - and it is why we are so poorly regarded. There are always going to be questions that we can't answer. Hang onto your honesty - it will win you respect and support

Anonymous said...

what do you think of the light bulbs freebie glyn. i havnt heard u saying much about this tory idea