Here for your delight and delectation is a brief transcript of Kev in full flight. This is certainly a candidate for Cneifiwr's 2014 Christmas Annual of outstanding quotes from the chamber, provisionally entitled Sir Grrrr.
"The answer is no, no, no, and erm, you know, we get to the stage here now, you know, on these subjects, especially the Scarlets, and you know, and, erm, we want to play political ping pong with this one, you know............You ran away from the Ffwrnes, erm, seminar. You've used politics for the last two weeks saying that you're not part of the administration....... So, you know, your group can go on and on and on about these decisions. As I've said all along over the years, we've made those decisions and made tough decisions. And I am proud of what has been achieved here, and what has been done with the Scarlets. They've asked us for a little bit of help here, and we've supported them. Now is the opposition saying, let's pull them down and make everyone redundant then. No, you're not saying that, are you? No, but on the other hand. No, no, no. And I will take the legal advice here.
"As a council we cannot be like political ostriches, sitting in the sand, and hoping they all go away. That's what this opposition is in this chamber - political ostriches. Any difficult decision, you walk away with it, and you get your spin doctors, Mr Bloggy and other people to, and every time they react, you jump. That's what you do, and when it comes to this council, when the tough decisions are here to be made, you all run away from them, so I would say to them, when you are elected like I am in Garnant, you've got Plaid Cymru people, Tories, Liberals and whatever, and I represent them all when they come to this chamber. You don't, you are one-sided, you just come here with your politics, so at the end of the day Chairman, I think that those two decisions needed to be done. Again, we make the tough decisions. We are answerable here now. I've asked the legal, erm, Linda, to give the, erm, run-down on that, but I think we have got the power to do what we did."
The council's acting Head of Law and Administration followed Kev's rant, dismissing Peter Hughes Griffiths's request as an attempt at micro-managing Executive Board decisions, and going on to give a short speech which sounded much more like the sort of thing you would expect from an elected councillor defending the council's budget.
A couple of minutes later the wind was somewhat taken out of Kev's sails when Peter Hughes Griffiths invited him to a meeting to discuss Plaid's own budget proposals.
It's taken a while for the penny to drop, but Cllr John Jenkins, the non-aligned councillor for Elli, asked an innocent-sounding question at last week's meeting about how many commercial lenders had tendered to take a slice of the Scarlets funding package.
The Director of Resources looked a little puzzled, before replying "None".
Cneifiwr suspects that this was an oblique reference to a claim put out by the council after the bailout that the Scarlets deal was "better than any other commercial investment" (see Numeracy Skills).
That being the case, you would have thought that the banks would have been queuing up to lend their money to the club.
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