I reckon that I do 'outrage' rather well. When I was an Assembly Member, only Alun Cairns and Rhodri Glyn Thomas were as good. Well today I've been doing 'outrage' for the Montgomeryshire County Times. It was directed in the direction of Powys County Council for its Philistinian desecration of a conservation area in the historic town of Welshpool. This is what has happened.
Welshpool is blessed with lots of little passageways, (known as 'shutts I think) leading off the main street. The flooring is a mixture of old paviers and cobbles. This is wholly appropriate for the 'shutt' which leads to and by the Wales office of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales - of which I am the current President. Now someone must have stubbed a toe or suffered some similar injury, because today Powys County Council arrived with a flying squad and covered the lot with a coating of black tarmac. I accept that it looks incredibly neat. And henceforth the toes of the local population will remain unstubbed and pain free. When Chris Corfield of the CT asked me for a comment, I said "I'm outraged by the Philistinian desecration of a conservation area of our historic town, and I will be writing to the 'Interim' Chief Executive of the Council demanding that the 'shutts' be reinstated to their former glory" - or something like that. Tomorrow, they'll probably be pebble-dashing the Town Hall.