Looks as if the (not so) new Assembly Building is back in the news tomorrow. I think there's an Auditor's Report due out. There could be an embargo on it, so I'd best not post on the content. But I can express an opinion about what I think of the Senedd today.
Now, I was perhaps the most fierce opponent of the decision to build the new 'Senedd', and I did my best to stop Assembly Members taking the decision to go ahead. I was very critical of the timing. Just didn't think that building a new debating chamber should have been the first big decision we took after being elected. I was particularly scathing about the ludicrous alternative than Rhodri Morgan made his entire Cabinet vote for, as he sought to give the impression that he was personally against it. He'd probably been listening to the conversation down the Dog and Duck. He just made himself look ridiculous. As it happens no other AM supported him.
So what do I think now. Well, since there was no turning back on the project, I've taken the view that we should extract as much value out of it as possible. I used to compare it to that Kyffin oil that we should never have bought - but having bought it, and spent the money, there was no sense in not fully 'appreciating' it. The Senedd is a superb building - modern, yes - but certainly no carbuncle. Streets better than the Scottish Parliament, which already looks dated. Today, I just laud the Senedd as an architectural masterpiece which, along with the Wales Millennium Centre, the Wales Millennium Stadium, the National Botanic Garden, is one of the great newly built icons of Wales. I try not to give any thought to value-for-money.