I've never met Rhondda Cynon Taff Lib Dem Councillor, Karen Roberts. But this blog wants to acknowledge her contribution to the Welsh blogosphere. Her approach to council debate has stimulated more comments than I've received for a while - and on a totally unrelated post about Stephen Kearney, the Lib Dem candidate in Henley. When I played rugby, informing one's opposite number that one intended to 'rip your f****** nuts off", or something similar was 'not unusual' as Tom might say. But I'd not previously heard of this rather unladylike promise of direct action being threatened in the council chambers of Wales before - though I've seen televised fights taking place in other debating chambers, as diverse as Italy and Japan. And I do recall Rhodri Morgan once describing a speech by Peter Rogers as "Bollocks" in the National Assembly for Wales. The only reason we knew that Rhodri had done this was that Peter roared out (as only he could) that "its not bollocks, First Minister". I swear this is true.
I don't think there is as much commenting on Welsh blogs as there used to be. Perhaps its moving on to new bloggers and leaving me behind. I suppose it could be that I've been outside the crucible of political action in Cardiff Bay for too long - and there's less interest in Westminster issues, which are inevitable becoming a greater part of my life, and this blog. If I didn't approve anonymous comments (and Christopher), there would be very little comment at all. And this is a pity - because one of the reasons why I publish opinionated posts is to encourage response. What is odd is that visitor numbers have generally gone up, while comments have fallen off.
Anyway, thanks Karen. No more blogging til tonight. I've just remembered that I need to put up the protection sheets over our cob nut trees, to prevent the b***** squirrels ripping the nuts off.