Archive for August 2012

That Other Burning Issue

Guess what?  It seems official and yet a County Council of 70 elected members have not been given the chance of debating if Deeside should be awarded the wooden spoon of waste incineration scheme in its midst.  The Chester Chronicle reported that the decision had been made but- don’t laugh: a public consultation will take place in September and October.  A bit late surely if the decision has already been made? A quick call to the former Chair of Environment confirmed that the committee had been briefed regularly on the progress of the North Wales Joint Waste Management scheme but only when members were told that a rail link had been opened (all vague) warning bells sounded in the former chair’s brain. A Scrutiny Committee does not have the function of the full Authority which is why we attend Council meetings and vote on Council proposals. The cost of the consultation fees for the joint partnership has already been given to the Audit committee.  When I queried these eye watering sums, even though shared between Authorities I was sharply rebuffed,  ‘They were worth every penny as the scheme was vital to the region and was of ground breaking proportions,’ according …..

Victoria and Harry and nasty deal for Deeside.

How things have changed in the world of royal reticence. I took a week off to visit the Isle of Wight recently and visited Osborne House, the favourite haunt of Queen Victoria & her beloved Albert. I was keen to see the newly refurbished bathing machine with plumbed in loo and big wheels to drag the contraption into the sea. The information placards showed a cut from the film “Mrs Brown” in which Judy Dench played the queen fully clothed in a long sleeved dress & wearing a hat in the water. Victoria cherished her privacy to such an extent that this is what she her female swimming companions did in 1846. What an effort for the bathing maid to deal with a voluminous soggy robe after the royal dip. Contrast this extreme modesty with Prince Harry’s almost full frontal courtesy of the Sun. Ouch! The Sun’s owner, Rupert Murdock must have jumped for joy when the decision to publish Harry’s Vegas antics fell to him. Bet Lord Justice Leveson will have taken note of the paper’s rebuff to our Queen and may duly reflect it in his forthcoming report on press morals. Having done stupid things in my life …..