Wednesday 9 January 2013

Letter to the Editor of the Carmarthen Journal

Dear Editor

Allow me to be the first to congratulate you for telling your readers at long last about the row about Carmarthenshire County Council and press freedom. I was skimming through your paper in the newsagents, and I very nearly missed the short report in which you mention that "another newspaper" (let's not be shy, it is the South Wales Guardian we're talking about, isn't it?) has run into a spot of bother with the council.

It is likely that many of your readers will have picked up this news weeks ago, as it has been reported in lots of other places, including that other, rather bigger Guardian. But better late than never, and you don't need to worry about getting into trouble with County Hall because Pam Palmer gave you a quote, and that would have been cleared by the Press Office. So it must be all right.

But you're not quite out of the woods yet because alert readers may have spotted the report and feel like writing to your newspaper. It is just about within the realms of possibility that genuine readers can be found out there who share Cllr Palmer's concerns for the welfare of the Chief Executive and agree with his innovative interpretations of the council's constitution, but it's rather more likely that you will attract letters which ask awkward questions and say things that they won't like very much down the road. Oh dear.

Now that the cat is out of the bag, it could be quite a struggle to force it back in.

But if any of your readers find that their letters on this topic don't get published, Cneifiwr will be happy to take them off your hands and give them an airing on this blog.

The address is:

Yours, etc.

Y Cneifiwr


Anonymous said...

An excellent letter Cneifiwr! You are saying what I believe is on many of your readers minds. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

This is what the internet should be used for!

Well done.

caebrwyn said...

The Journal did find space for a lengthy letter from Cllr Kevin Madge, (well, the council press office anyway), telling us that it is the best council in the world. Fancy that.

Anonymous said...

I stopped buying the Journal a long time ago when it became so obvious they were burying critical stories of CCC at the back end of the paper but gave the council a big splash of propoganda within its first three pages. The public aren't fools, but it is a sorry state of affairs when the press are being led by the nose.

Anonymous said...

Well you should have read the Star this week, it should be renamed the Meryl Chronicle, despite the fact that she is no longer the leader of CCC. Ther were ate least 3 stories quoting her and the magnificent philanthropy that CCC has given the people of Llanelli.

Anonymous said...

I pity the residents of St Clears and Whitland, I mean when did they have a flagship Council project?