What is Wales?

A little known fact about the new Government of Wales Act is that there is now provision for a minister, outside the cabinet, with responsibility for metaphors.

So far, the theme has been transport.

"We have got a new car," said Rhodri after the election. "We are certainly not going to leave it in the garage."

Then, this week...

"Wales is an aircraft, and I am its pilot," Rhodri told the Queen.

"Can you ask the trolley lady to bring me a little something," said Dafydd El.

Still to come, Wales is a boat, a bicycle and a blimp.

After that, we'll be moving on to vegetables.

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posted by Blamerbell @ 10:13 am,

32 Comments:

At 10:57 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting quote from Peter Hain in today's New Statesman "Scaring the progressives voters with theimage of David Cameron crosssing the threshold of No 10 won't win Labour the next election." Nice to see a politicain admit that they were talking rubbish during the recent assembly elections. Perhaps if Labour in Wales had been a bit more radical and not so negative then more people might have voted for it.

 
At 11:35 am, Anonymous cadno said...

the welsh people don't want a 'radical' left wing agenda and they don't want the labour party to be 'positive'.

what they want is to be free from the chains of a failed ecconomic system. like the french people we have a choice become even more commited to welfarism or create a strong and dynamic ecconomy independant of england.

the choice of small nations like ours is to stand on our own to feet or to beg.

 
At 11:37 am, Blogger Ordovicius said...

He didn't specify what kind of aeroplane he was talking about though.

 
At 11:53 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

woof woof

 
At 11:56 am, Blogger Pads said...

"Wales is an aircraft, and I am its pilot," Rhodri told the Queen.

To which she replied, "I am walrus. I am the Eggman. Goo Goo Ga Joob".

 
At 12:33 pm, Blogger ryan said...

I wish he'd steer the government to introduce some decent policy.

 
At 12:45 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"insert shit transport joke"

 
At 12:50 pm, Blogger Pads said...

"insert shit transport joke"

The aeroplane is a Fokker.

 
At 1:19 pm, Blogger Simo said...

wot no Welshblogindex?

 
At 2:11 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Metaphor for the Rainbow Coalition

A bear had to go for a crap in the woods. As he squatted down behind a bush he found a rabbit doing the same.

"Excuse me," said the bear, "do you have trouble with shit sticking to your fur?"

"No," said the rabbit.

So the bear picked up the rabbit and wiped his arse with it..

 
At 2:29 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your like a stuck record Blamer.

 
At 2:36 pm, Blogger Christopher Glamorgan said...

To sum up the last month and the next year... Wales, though small, cannot be tidily parcelled. Just as you think you have the picture right, somebody gives the kaleidoscope a nudge and moves the bits (Anonymous).

"Wales as an aircraft!" Has Rhoders watched an episode of Lost? With this in mind, we're all in for a turbulent flight, months of anguish, and an unsure ending. I wonder if he sees Jane Davidson as his 'Kate' or Jane Hutt???

 
At 3:45 pm, Blogger WelshBlogIndex said...

wot no Welshblogindex?

I have had some technical problems but am back up and running simo. Thanks for your concern!

 
At 3:50 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous said:

/ Perhaps if Labour in Wales had been a bit more radical and not so negative then more people might have voted for it. /


What they don't seem to grasp is that voters are not born to vote a certain way, they think and judge and most certainly change their support two or three times in their lives. People had decided not to vote Welsh Labour some time ago, they were obviously making a hash of things in Cardiff. The nasty campaign they conducted in the valleys is something no one wants to see again for the sake of democracy. It was frightening people who were beginning to think, making them feel guilty abd disloyal if they did not vote Labour. Even if in reality today's Labour was the worst possible choice for them.

I doubt more would have voted for them this time if they had led a better campaign. It will be less for the GE. People will like GBrown less when they see is not a bit interested in real people.

 
At 3:53 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"Your like a stuck record Blamer. "

Do you want to talk Big Brother anon?

 
At 4:33 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, this is totally off topic, but I want to ask a question. Feel free to ignore me if you want.
I went down to the Senedd building for the first time today, and very impressive it is too. But the same thing struck me as when I've seen it on TV. ie There seems to be only enough room in the chamber for 60 AMs. What would have happened / what still might happen if the Richards Commission's proposals were/are introduced and we get 80+ AMs? Can they make the chamber bigger in some way or will they have to build a new Senedd! Or is this the secret reason why the idea of 80 AMs was thrown out?

Apologies if this has been asked before, but I'm fairly new here.

 
At 4:41 pm, Blogger Blamerbell said...

anon, the screens which border the seating area are in fact temporary structures and they can be removed to accommodate more members.

For the time being, 60 is probably enough!

 
At 5:06 pm, Anonymous Nigel said...

Thanks for the clarification, Blamer. I did wonder about the walls, but I wasn't sure.
BTW, I was only anonymous because I didn't know how to post my name. Hopefully, with this post, I'm not longer in hiding.

 
At 5:07 pm, Blogger Blamerbell said...

Nigel, well that narrows it down.

I presume you're not the celebrity chef or the violinist.

 
At 7:43 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to see Edwina on the news using her charming personality to win over health care professionals. Once a a bank clerk always a bank clerk.

 
At 8:04 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone got the figures on how much NHS Management is costing?

 
At 8:05 pm, Blogger dowlais twp said...

Edwina Hart and Gwenda Thomas the “Hinge & Bracket” of Welsh politics.
Missed the Matron on telly, assume it was the usual the nhs is safe in labour hands, the nice doctors and nurses don’t have any thing to worry about.
It is about time Labour woke up the NHS is not their pet plaything (nor any other party for that matter) and the nhs is staffed by more than just doctors and nurses, they are people who have a vote which isn’t going to Labour next time.

 
At 8:19 pm, Blogger dowlais twp said...

Between September 2005 and September 2006
the largest increase, in percentage terms (169
or 17%), was in the 'senior manager' grade. In
terms of numbers the largest increase was in
'clerical and administration' staff (653 or 5%).
Taking senior managers and managers
together the increase was 346 (15%)

Sorry haven't found the cost yet

 
At 8:39 pm, Anonymous Nigel said...

Nigel, well that narrows it down.

I presume you're not the celebrity chef or the violinist.

---------------------------

Nope, no-one famous :-). Just a Valleys boy from Blaenau Gwent, who didn't vote for Trish Law (or Labour)!

 
At 10:05 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why hasn't Rhodri appointed a Counsel General?

 
At 10:44 pm, Blogger GeraintRennie said...

No blog on Adam calling for a Plaid-Labour coalition Blamer?

 
At 11:50 pm, Blogger hafod said...

"Wales as an aircraft!" Has Rhoders watched an episode of Lost? With this in mind, we're all in for a turbulent flight, months of anguish, and an unsure ending. I wonder if he sees Jane Davidson as his 'Kate' or Jane Hutt???

Oh don't - then we can all start wondering what The Others are up to... is there a submarine in cardiff bay waiting to wisk the little fuckers away?

 
At 11:53 pm, Anonymous su' mae sumo? said...

More to the point... Adam's blog offers Labour a coalition (not what the rebel Plaidies wanted but never mind) AND Edwina bites his hand off...

It's all back in the melting pot boys and girls - prepare to watch Labour rip itself to shreds because the Brits can't be doing with the Welsh nats.

Carwyn and Edwina v Leighton and Huw - tag wrestling at its best.

 
At 7:28 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

rather patronising to assume your readers don't know what a blimp is!

 
At 8:01 am, Anonymous Kicked in the Ballots said...

rather patronising to assume your readers don't know what a blimp is!

Patronise me. I thought it was some sort of BDSM apparatus ;-)

 
At 12:27 pm, Anonymous Twm said...

su' mae sumo? said...

"Carwyn and Edwina v Leighton and Huw - tag wrestling at its best. "

Book me a ticket for the front row lol

 
At 9:28 am, Blogger Mark Leslie Woods said...

This is the funniest blog post & comments, that I've read all week about Cymru! LOL!!!

 

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