Readers of the South Wales Guardian were treated last week to a lengthy interview with Calum Higgins, Labour councillor for Tycroes. More on that later this week, but the piece kicks off with Calum complaining that he has been given a rough time in the blogosphere for his attendance record.
Calum tries to have his cake and eat it by saying that the blogs (actually, this blog) have got their facts wrong, before going on to admit that he has taken on too much and will have to adjust his workload.
The facts are simple enough, with Calum accepting a string of appointments to various council committees and the Mid and West Wales Authority, while also embarking on a one-year full-time postgraduate law course in Cardiff as well as accepting nomination as Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr.
Calum has been too busy to attend meetings of the Fire Authority since the AGM in June, but he did turn up to a meeting of the Resources Committee last Monday where he put forward a motion calling for a reduction in proposed cutbacks.
Later in the same meeting Plaid's Cllr Elwyn Williams put forward a second motion calling on the authority not to close any fire stations. The motion was lost by one vote, although we shall never know how Calum would have voted because he had already left the meeting.
Calum has been paid an allowance of £1,106 for his membership of the authority this year.