If Labour's choice of candidate in Hengoed ward in Llanelli is mystifying, it is doubly so over in Glanaman, where disgraced entrepreneur and Twitter twit Shahid Hussain is Labour's official candidate. Despite hitting the headlines for a string of abusive messages about women, older people, gays and other groups the Labour Party would normally claim to champion, Shahid now has the support of Labour leader Kevin Madge, who is upset (see story here) that Shahid's conduct is being criticised by Plaid.
Kev thinks that Shahid's apology should have been enough, and he has said in previous interviews that Labour will be putting resources into the Glanaman campaign to try to win the seat for its man. The fact that nobody in their right minds would consider Mr Hussain a fit and proper person to take public office is not important in Kev's eyes, it seems.
Kev is also upset by criticism of council leader Meryl Gravell, saying, "she’s the longest-serving council leader in the country so she must be doing something right." Presumably he made the same argument about Margaret Thatcher when her reign was coming to an end.
If anyone had any doubts about Kev's willingness to buckle down to another 5 years of coalition with Queen Meryl and her closet Tories, doubt no more.
Meanwhile, in Ammanford itself, a bitter row has broken out between Labour and Plaid (details here). There Labour's Hugh Evans, who is stepping down from the council, has claimed that he has been targeted by Plaid with rumours about his health and his retirement plans.
Only those directly involved will know whether or not this is true, but for the rest of us, you have to wonder what possible advantage Plaid might gain from an attack on a man retiring from local government politics.
In the search for a motive, Miss Marple would almost certainly be taking a very close look at the Labour camp, which seems to have decided that playing the victim might get it the sympathy vote.
All very naughty.
The South Wales Guardian also features a little contribution from the chief executive who has been forced to explain why his visionary overhaul of working practices has meant that many people across the county are finding that their rubbish is no longer being collected.
In a piece on the council's website, he explains that this has all been caused by getting rid of archaic working practices, such as actually emptying bins, and signs off as "Mark James CBE", a reminder to everyone that he is a Very Important Person.
He assures readers that the council will use "all means at its disposal" to ensure continuity of the service they are paying for. Anyone want to lend him a yellow jacket?