I was speaker at a Conservative dinner at Llangedwyn, in the Tanat Valley last night. One of the issues I spoke about was the crisis in confidence that the British people have in the body politic. Last night, I was still reeling from the dreadful publicity surrounding the proposal to increase Assembly Members salaries by 8.3%. The issue I focussed on was the reneging by the Liberal Democrats and Labour on the promise to hold a referendum on the EU constitution. How can either party be trusted again? Yet another report in today's Telegraph about this loss of confidence, this time concerning comments by Mike Grannat, who was employed by the Speaker of the UK Parliament until last month.
He said "Parliament is like most institutions in a crisis. Firstly, they they don't quite see what the crisis is, collectively. And secondly, they think that whatever is going on it can be dealt with in the usual fashion by the means and through the usual channels that I think would be a very damaging self-delusion at this point .... I think there's a circle of denial" His main message is that politicians do not seem to realise the depths to which they have fallen in public esteem. I'm just reporting what I've read!
I did not want to speak negatively about any individual last night, but I did promise the people of the Tanat Valley that if I'm elected to represent them at the next election, I would be deeply committed to Montgomeryshire, as I have been for the last 30 years, and my ambition would be to have the constituency known for its serious approach to Government rather than pursuit of celebrity! They think they knew exactly what I meant.