Hello there. Hope you’re feeling well today.I have in this blog previously discussed both the proposed cuts in public toilets by the Bridgend Labour council and the Hobson’s Choice facing ex First Minister Carwyn Jones whilst he is still an Assembly Member in the Welsh Senedd. Well today these issues combine.
Because the cuts have happened. Public toilets in Bridgend Town, Maesteg and Porthcawl have closed down. I’ll come back to the one in Porthcawl in a moment and I don’t know the one in Maesteg but the closure of the Bridgend Town convenience (which I discussed in a previous post) is just another knock for the urban tragedy caused by Welsh Labour incompetence.
The toilets in Porthcawl might reopen. The county council are currently in negotiation with the Town council. But for the moment they are closed. And so let’s assume the worst. In cold January weather it probably isn’t really a problem. But Porthcawl is a seaside town. In warm weather people come down to the place for day trips and longer. The place is thronging. The public toilets are just not only used. They are needed.
For now though, they are just history (and the Porthcawl public toilets were built in a time when public services were treated by government as important. I hope to visit the town next Thursday and you will see what I mean by history).
As I’ve explained previously in this blog, Bridgend council have instigated these cuts following the reduction in the local government grant from the Welsh National government, who have in turn blamed a reduction in monies from the UK government in Westminster. Exactly where the blame lies I do not know. But as I’ve said before if one part of Welsh Labour blames another part of Welsh Labour then surely Welsh Labour is responsible. Also I’ve read similar complaints from councils across Wales. The most notable being Caerphilly.
These cuts to local government grants were instigated when Carwyn Jones was First Minister. His Hobson’s Choice is simple. If he doesn’t even try to call for more money for Bridgend County in the Welsh Assembly he will have failed in his responsibilities to his constituency electorate. If he does his past actions as First Minister will mean he’s just be slapped down by the Welsh Government.
(It’s interesting to remind ourselves that there was a minister in Carwyn Jones’ cabinet who said that local councils who asked for more money from the Welsh government were like Oliver Twist from the Charles Dickens novel. That’s the sympathy Jones will get if he asks for more money for Bridgend county)
Bridgend County needs an Assembly Member not tied down by his/her past to effectively represent Bridgend County voters today.
Carwyn Jones is not that person.
Which is why he should resign now.
Until the next time.