Early start in Llanbrynmair Car Park this morning with Radio Cymru. And there was me thinking that Post Cynta really wanted me to be a guest on their political panel to discuss the future of villages like Llanbrynmair in the context of this week's Council elections. Turns out that I was the only Conservative willing to show up. The interesting aspect of this is that they must have asked all the others before asking me for them to know. I suppose it stops one becoming insufferable 'important'.
The other 3 panelists were dotted about Wales in various studios. I was the only one who had made to the BBC bus, which was parked on one of the sites where the mobile Post Office van could be parked when Llanbrynmair's proper Post Office is closed down. The issues that worry local people in rural Wales are the loss of local services - post offices (and the shops that depend on them), village schools, community hospitals and public toilets. Other issues concern the difficulty young people have finding well paid employment and houses that they can afford.
Labour's panelist was Mrs Gwenda Thomas, AM for Neath, who is a lovely lady (that should annoy the political correct lobby but won't bother Gwenda). She once made a speech in the Assembly declaring her desire to be known as Mrs Gwenda Thomas. None of this Ms rubbish for her. Anyway, my reward for driving to the Beeb's bus was that I opened the batting. Then it was Gwenda's turn, and she stated off by saying how nice it was to hear my voice again. I think she was going to ask me how the family's doing, before Gary Owen brought the discussion back to electoral matters. And then he couldn't stop her. Gary was 'tearing his hair out' in the studio (you have to know him to appreciate that). Impossible to have any sort of discussion when the 4 panelists are in four separate studios.
Final question was about inspiring people to vote next Thursday. Not easy in Llanbrynmair, where the County Councillor has been returned unopposed.