Monday, June 23, 2008
Caught in the 'Arsct'
Fascinating debate taking place on Peter Black's blog about whether Ms Eleanor Burnham, AM used the word "arse" in the National Assembly debating chamber last week. Spin Doctor in his column in the Wales on Sunday started things off by claiming that she did - but Peter has claimed that this was 'lazy journalism' because it was only on the basis of an inaccurate blog post from Alwyn. Peter took exception and claimed he had checked the video evidence and reassuring us that she told the First Minister to "get your act together", only for this more lady-like, sanitised version to be challenged by Frank Little, who also claims to have reviewed the video evidence. Peter then backtracked in commentss, ever so marginally, to admit that she did not fully pronounce the offending word, using only a half of the first syllable. There doesn't seem much doubt that Ms Burnham was intent on advising the First Minister of the National Assembly for Wales to "get his a*** into gear", but adjusted this to say something like "Get your arsct together". Either way, it was an admirable bit of quick thinking on her part. By the way, isn't there just one syllable in a***. I think we need an inquiry to get to the bottom of this.