Monday, 28 February 2011

'Anglesey Onion': The gift that keeps on giving

Anglesey County Council leader Clive McGregor was interviewed live on air this afternoon by Simon Mayo on BBC Radio 2 about Prince William having branded us all 'Anglesey Onions'. Listen to it here (fast forward to around 23 minutes in).

I would like to point out that Clive seemed to enjoy retelling the tale of the slaughter of the Druids a little too much for my liking...!  

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Clive is the biggest onion, maybe more of a turnip

kp said...

Well, that's all inward investment lost for the next decade (unwelcome nuclear power opportunities excepted).

If Anglesey wants to prosper Anglesey must start to compete with the rest of the world ... and that means being 'less different' and 'more similar'.

Similar in terms of wanting to prosper, wanting to welcome, wanting to please, wanting to work, wanting to communicate, wanting to share, wanting to experience, wanting to ...

Clive thinks Anglesey can continue to exist on the back of an ever decreasing number of council tax rate payers.

It cannot, this island is dying, council members must shoulder responsibility.

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Anonymous said...

Ignorance is bliss, Arrogance is unacceptable, particularly in a public figure with a lot of nasty things to say about other People.

kp said...

Oh, and how long did it take the rest of the council to work this out?

As in Libya, sentiment can change very quickly when pockets are not being filled.

Get real and wise up! These guys have ruined your future and your kids futures too.

You should hold them to account, as is your democratic right.

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Anonymous said...

To 01.04
Only a proper full scale investigation into the lot of them, will repair the damage inflicted on this Council, which has been festering for well over a decade. This Council will never, ever, repair itself no matter who is put in charge.
The elections, as far as I`m concerned should be cancelled pending a public enquiry. Then, and only then, should those new Councillors who were elected in 2008 be allowed to stand for election. Those who stood before then, have had their chances to change things around. They could not or did not do anything to stop this festering rotten borough.
And, its no use blaming Councillors for what has gone on for over a decade, every Senior Officer should also be under scrutiny. The public have had enough, as have no doubt the ordinary worker at the Council.
This council is a disgrace as are those who allow it to continue.

Anonymous said...

08:20 Your are so correct, we only pray that things will get better, but you have hit the nail right on the head, we have tried to change, but we can't, the senior officers who have betrayed us all, are still at the heart of the mechine, the beast that destroys people.

Puck said...

Words that stick in the throat:

Simon Mayo: What would you call someone from Anglesey?

Our Clive: err ... none are particulary flattering .. err ...

We suspect the words were 'Mochyn Mon', although one could be forgiven for thinking that Clive lives in Caernarfon

Puck said...

Simon Mayo: So how long has the word Anglesonian been around?

C. McG: almost as long as Paddy French has been a 'distinguished travel correspondent'

S.M: I remember that the Druids used to rule on Anglesey

C.M: (mumbles) They still do ....

Mochyn Mon Ar Wasgar said...

Moch Mon or Gwlad y Medra have always been "terms of endearment" by which our cousins across the Straits have often referred to us by, but I suppose this would be linguistically too difficult/politically incorrect for HRH to articulate. When referring to Ynys Mon Council the English "Silk purse out of a sow's ear" may be more appropriate!?

Photon said...

Not quite BBC Radio 4 material yet, is he?

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Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work Photon. I would vote for you, it`s about time we had a few honest Cllrs.

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Anonymous said...

Wonderful thoughts but unrealistic. you need to be at the seat of power and like it or not, the power is at Westminster. we need an additional 2 MPS at least at Westminster and do away with the WAG. The latter is ineffective and has proven to be a complete waste of time and money. it does not represent Wales, only Cardiff. The vote must be NO. Terry

Anonymous said...

Wonderful thoughts but unrealistic. you need to be at the seat of power and like it or not, the power is at Westminster. we need an additional 2 MPS at least at Westminster and do away with the WAG. The latter is ineffective and has proven to be a complete waste of time and money. it does not represent Wales, only Cardiff. The vote must be NO. Terry

The Red Flag said...

we need an additional 2 MPS at least at Westminster

Once the Constituency boundaries are balanced in size and redrawn across the entire UK coupled with a reduction from 650 MPs to 600, we will have fewer MPs in Wales than we have now. per capita ourselves and Scotland (and possibly Northern Ireland) are actually over represented in comparison to England. We on Ynys Mon will probably have to be absorbed by most if not all of western Gwynedd to produce new constituency. If I recall (wthout searching) the new constituencies will be around 100,000.

Anonymous said...

I believe we are facing a reduction of 14 MPs in Wales ut because the overall number is being reduced to 600 it actually translates as a net loss of about 6-8 because the others UK component countries will reduce to a greater or lesser degree as well. This will happen irrespective of how the referendum on AV goes as they are seprate issues - one is voting reform, the other is Parliamentary reform and as such does not require referenda.

Which actually reinforces the reason for a 'Yes' vote. Wales' importance within wWestminster will reduce (not might) and therefore we need to have a more effective Welsh voice and that can only come from an improved Welsh Assembly like it or lump it.

The Red Flag said...

Not a bad guess 'anon'. This article appeared the next day in the Independent.

The voice of Wales in Westminster will become a whisper.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/commons-size-to-be-cut-to-600-2232468.html