Pleased to see that Montgomeryshire Assembly Member, Mick Bates is still active in the Liberal Democrat election campaign, despite being suspended last week from the Liberal Democrat party. Firstly, I note that it is he who has proposed Lembit Opik as the party's candidate for the coming General Election in Montgomeryshire. Nothing improper about that of course, but I would have thought it a touch unusual for someone so recently suspended from a party to be given such a significant symbolic position. I was proposed by the hugely respected Cllr. Aled Davies, Chairman of the Montgomeryshire Association.
And then there's this report on the BBC today. It seems as if one of Mick's staff has been dressing up in a nurse's uniform for a photo-op with a Lib Dem candidate in Cardiff. Its never what it seems with the Lib Dems. Its all for show business. Now Mick himself has a bit of a reputation for dressing up in fancy dress, having once famously attended a full session of the National Assembly wearing a Santa Claus outfit. And his Montgomeryshire MP colleague (or ex-colleague) once bought on his parliamentary allowances a 'mother of all wigs'. They're an odd lot - the Lib Dems. One thing I'm not sure about is whether Mick Bates is still a Liberal Democrat AM, or an 'Independent' AM as described in the BBC report. If anyone knows, perhaps they would let us know.