I’ve not always been a big fan of Kirsty Williams, but she is the only Opposition leader who used to rattle former First Minister Rhodri Morgan at FMQ’s and got him to apologise (for the first time ever) over misleading answers he gave over the International Business Wales expenses affairs late last year.
Now it seems she could have the Health Secretary Edwina Hart bang to writes over a critical health report about the way the Welsh HNS was managed that Edwina told AM’s a few month ago didn’t exist, she also managed Carwyn Jones's first real wobble since becoming First Minister.
Kirsty produced the report during First Minister Questions yesterday and by Cawryn’s terse short answers in reply to her questions he was obviously irritated and annoyed, lucky for him Presiding Officer Dafydd Elis Thomas stepped in to save his blushes with some guff about Ministerial Code Rules etc, but not before Kirsty had asked if he has full confidence in his Health Minister, to which of course the answer was Yes.
WAG’s press team have gone into overdrive tonight trying to shut the story down and denying there was anything underhand in what Edwina has done, and as BBC Wales Welsh Affairs Editor Vaughan Roderick said it was a direct hit and whether it’s a document or report Carwyn looked decidedly uncomfortable.
But apart from the obvious questions of why the report’s existence was denied and not published so that it could be scrutinised by Assembly Members in Committee, it also puts into sharp focus the role and priorities of the other Opposition Leader in Cardiff Bay Nick Bourne.
Kirsty and her team should be congratulated for uncovering another little gem that WAG would rather have stayed buried and on the first day back after the Summer Recess, but what must the Tories be thinking that yet again it is the Welsh Lib Dem leader, not the supposed real Leader of the Opposition Tory Nick Bourne’s who is making headlines at WAG’s expense.
It’s worth asking yourself when was the last time Nick Bourne made any impact in FMQ’s or at any other time recently and what does it say about his political judgement and the poor quality of his advisors, that this information along with the International Business Wales expenses scandal was unearthed by a Lib Dem team less than half their size and with fewer resources.
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