For years, the people of Montgomeryshire have become used to seeing their MP and AM almost joined at the hip. Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Ant and Dec. Igglepiggle and Upsy Daisy. But no more . It looks as if Mick Bates has gone the way of Sam Mendes - not so much airbrushed as swept under the carpet with a giant broom. The Lib Dems in Montgomeryshire seem to have no further use for him. They have have moved him out, a bit like deposed communist dictators used to be moved out. On the scrapheap. Mick has been moved out, and my lamb buyer, Mr Wyn Williams has been moved in.
This week, Lib Dem leaflets about the NHS have been dropping through the letterboxes of Montgomeryshire. It's a 4 page job (English only) - entitled 'Lembit Opik and Wyn Williams NHS Inquiry'. There's a delightful photograph of the newly introduced couple, with a beaming Wyn. Only problem with all this is that health is devolved to the National Assembly for Wales, and Mick Bates is the Assembly Member - and he's still being paid over £50,000 to do the job.
As usual, there's this graph on the back page which informs us 'Only the Lib Dems can beat the Tories here'. I rather like this graphic. We're going to start using our own version - 'Only Glyn Davies can beat Lembit Opik here!' But at the moment, we're all very concerned about the whereabouts of Mick Bates. Where are you Mick?