Plaid AM in search of the blatantly obvious

Rhodri Glyn Thomas is the sort of man who looks like he'd open another bottle of wine at three in the morning. But he also seems to be the type of chap who puts two and two together and gets a bizarre polemic.

That's what has happened in his latest (rare) blog post.

"Where in the media is the space for people to talk about decisions that affect their lives?" he asks.

"We are living in a time when people are taking control of their media but we haven’t got the platform to do this in Wales," he writes. On his BLOG. Free, and available to all. A space to, err, take control of their media and talk about decisions that affect their lives.

And for those of you who are already reaching for the standard 'only half of Welsh homes have broadband' retort, let's be clear. That's still an awful lot more people than read the Western Mail.

But Rhodri saves the best till last. At the end of his rant about the the top-down Welsh media and the lack of space for normal people to talk back, we get this little gem: "comments are closed".

Is there really space in Welsh public life for two gaffe-prone Rhodris?

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At 9:02 am, Anonymous seren said...

I see your point - he wants a radio talk-in... doesn't he listen to Nicola Heywood-Thomas every day on Radio Wales?

But there *is* a problem with the media in Wales in that most people don't read a daily paper with any Welsh content and therefore have no idea who their elected representatives are. The same goes for the 1/3 of Welsh homes that don't receive Welsh TV and instead get to know what's going on in Manchester, Birmingham or Bristol.

But for the media to take interest in the likes of politicians, wouldn't it be nice if they had something of substance to write/talk about rather than idle Bay speculation about coalitions or electoral bribes (sorry policies). Free light bulbs - with every box of Shreddies?

In part, the limited nature of the political alternatives on offer is because the Assembly can't deliver on the big issues. This session will be crucial to see whether the politicians can step up to the mark and start delivering laws and changes that go beyond a few quid here and there for voters.


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