Its well known that I have a soft spot for Helen Mary Jones, the Plaid Cymru AM who puts the fear of hell up lesser men. She's always struck me as being a genuine politician and a fierce debater to be respected. Which is why I felt so disappointed watching her participate in that ridiculous double act with Labour AM, Alun Davies on last night's Dragon's Eye on BBC.
We all know that the Assembly Government's block grant for the next 3 years is going to give the Coalition huge problems. We can see that the 'free laptops' and '£5,000 grants for first time buyers' have had to be dropped - or almost dropped (and a good thing too, in my opinion). Other things have had to go as well - and 'no loss' was my response. But there are going to be actual reductions in the spending plans for Local government and Social Justice, Education, and Economic Development and Transport. This is serious. By ignoring the impact of inflation and 'spinning' figures like a Catherine Wheel, the Government are trying to make out that the position is one of increasing spending. I was not surprised to see Minister, Andrew Davies at it - or Alun Davies for that matter. I've heard them both insist that black is white before. Its just that I thought Helen Mary was better than that