Edna rang me on the mobile earlier tonight. I could hear her quivering with fear. As it happens I was in the Police Station which made things worse. She is absolutely petrified of what Carl Sergeant is going to do to her. The conversation became very confused because she was in such a state, and I made things worse when I insisted that I was talking to an Inspector, not a Sergeant. When we had sorted that out, I tried to tell her that Big Carl is a gentle soul, all 'gruff' and 'muscle' and wouldn't hurt a fly.
She just screamed "He's a bloodthirsty brute. He's got a chief whip. They're all bloodthirsty brutes. They're terrifying." It seems that Edna had been cleaning outside the Labour offices and there had been some discussion going on about Lyn Neagle, one of the Labour AMs. It seems that she has defied the Chief Whip, the aforementioned Mr Sergeant on 4 separate occasions, and she was going to have to be 'dealt with'. Discussions about the precise nature of the punishment was discussed in hushed tones, which only made Edna fear the worst. She wanted me to involve the Inspector, who would have authority over a sergeant, but I told her that they would not dare tangle with Lyn.
First of all, Lyn Neagle might be small, but she is not to be trifled with. Rather Carl than me is what I say. And anyway, she's married to Huw Lewis, another AM who can fight. At least, I assume he can, because Huw was the only AM to invite another AM, Plaid's Owen John Thomas to step outside the debating Chamber for a fight during the 8 years that I was an AM myself. I told Edna that I would be willing to pay for a ticket, if she could find out where Lyn was going to be 'dealt with'. Of course Edna could have misheard the whole thing.