I'm indebted to my Plaid Cymru opponent in Montgomeryshire, Heledd Fychan for her very sharp post today. It really is worth a read. I like to check Heledd's blog on a regular basis - just to see what she's up to. Forewarned is forearmed, as Pam in my office tells me. Anyway, I would not otherwise have known about the press release put out by the leader of the Liberal Democrats in Wales, Kirsty Williams today. It demanded that Labour and Plaid Cymru AMs should lose salary for refusing to cross the picket line tomorrow (Wed.). I suspect that Ms Williams knew exactly what she was doing - and who she was dropping in the mire. And how. Heledd's post is about her and my Lib Dem opponent's 'other interests'.
So many people (including visitors to this blog) have been pressing me to make an issue of these 'other interests' for years. Sometimes I have been so incensed that I've been sorely tempted. Being an MP is not a part-time job. But I've always been wary of being branded 'nasty Tory'. OK, so I have condemned the puerile trash that he writes for the Daily Sport, and I've commented negatively (in passing anyway) about the six day 'freebie' cruise in the Med last November, when all of us thought he was in Westminster representing us. But, in general, I've left it to the media to let people know what's going on. I know. I know. None of it is covered by the widest read local newspaper. Where there might have been a conflagration of outrage, there has been zilch. Until today perhaps. Heledd Fychan has opened fire with both barrels. I'll put the link on again - because you really must read it. But the most intriguing aspect of this is Kirsty Williams' reason for issuing her press release. Was it a deliberate attempt to fire an Exocet into the Montgomeryshire Lib Dem campaign ship?