On the cause of the problems:
"The problem when you have a large number of independents is that they either have a charismatic leader who pulls them together or it becomes very divisive, which is what has happened in Anglesey."
This is of course a sideways way of saying that Leader Clive McGregor hasn't been strong enough to hold the Independents together.
On his recommendations to Carl Sargeant:
Mr Bowles said he had advised Wales' local government minister Carl Sargeant in January to send in commissioners after infighting among independent councillors led to the possibility of leader Clive McGregor being overthrown.
"I recommended commissioners should be appointed until elections in 2012, together with investment in democratic renewal."A bit of revisionism going on here. The plot to overthrow Clive McGregor in January was not due to "infighting among independent councillors" but actually led by both the Labour and Plaid Cymru groups within the Council with the support of the Original Independents.
On an elected mayor:
...Mr Bowles said this option might not rescue Anglesey, saying "just look at Doncaster".This a reference to the disaster which ensued at Doncaster after residents there elected an English Democrat mayor in 2009. Read more here.
On boundary changes:
"There are very few multi-member wards, and if you could break those single-member wards you'd then break down some of the parochial attitudes"An odd thing to say: currently there are no multi-member wards on Ynys Môn, just 40 single member wards. I would have thought David Bowles would know this – unless his comment has been taken out of context by the reporter.
On a merger with Gwynedd:
"If [the commissioners] succeed I hope it'll attract new people to stand as councillors." He added that Anglesey was "a unique place and a merger with Gwynedd would be a last resort".On the future of Anglesey County Council:
"The long-term survival of the council depends on very substantial changes to its running," Mr Bowles told LGC.
Exactly what those "substantial changes" are we don't know yet. Frankly I doubt if even the Commissioners themselves are sure.