For anyone who enjoys a bit of old-fashioned and honest investigative reporting, last night's edition of Y Byd ar Bedwar was a classic. Kevin Madge's performance on camera is likely to be used in PR training courses for years to come as an example of how not to do it, while the little vignette with the chief executive, Mark James, claiming that the press office had not passed on ITV's request for an interview, was eloquent testimony to the culture that he has developed in County Hall.
On a personal note I suppose I had better declare an interest in all this as I pop up in the programme a couple of times. Ever since I agreed to act as a witness in Jacqui Thompson's trial (although the judge refused to hear my testimony), the council has known who I am as have many others including most of the media, the exceptions being those who see their role as an extension of the council's press office rather than giving a voice to the ordinary people of this county. Deciding to emerge from obscurity for a few minutes and go in front of the cameras was therefore not so difficult, but that was not the case for everyone who took part.
Cllr Siân Thomas deserves special praise for her contribution. She occupied the chair of council for a year, and her wit and warmth shone through despite the bullying and dictatorial treatment she was subjected to. Hers was the real voice of Carmarthenshire in the programme, and I hope more will now follow her lead.
If you missed it, the programme can be viewed for a couple more weeks here.