In his regular blog for Caerphilly Observer South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle gives his take on recent news.
I must say I was shocked by the proposals put forward by the Boundary Commission on the election of future MPs.
Caerphilly is being lumped in with leafy Cardiff North, where there are no links, while part of the constituency goes into a vast Newport West and Sirhowy constituency. We should not be part of a greater Cardiff and greater Newport.
Despite the nonsense from blinkered Labour politicians, the outside observer recognises the fantastic job done by Caerphilly Council with library services.
As I mentioned in my last column, the Labour Welsh Government Minister Huw Lewis, speaking in the Senedd, praised the work done at the Hanbury Chapel in Bargoed.
Now, following a question raised in Parliament by the Islwyn MP, the Westminster Minister Ed Vaisey said and I quote: “What I would say to Caerphilly borough council, which I believe is led by Plaid Cymru, although there is no overall control, is that I am delighted it is investing in its library service and that it has opened or refurbished six of its libraries.”
It is clear that local Labour politicians are ignoring the reality.
Some Labour politicians seem rather obsessed about a proposed nil rise in council tax in Caerphilly. No wonder they are worried because under the last Labour administration council tax-payers were stung.
The facts are that under Labour Band D payers had to fork out an extra £136 over four years in council tax while in the three years so far when Plaid has sent bills out the rise has been just £45.34 – almost £100 less per household. The highest rise under Plaid has been 2.9% and the lowest under Labour was 3.5%, rising to almost 5 per cent.
I attended the funeral of one of Penyrheol’s oldest residents Mrs Morfydd May Williams recently.
This lady was a true Christian who lived her life dedicated to her beliefs and practised them throughout.
Always willing to help others she was a most kind and thoughtful lady and it was my privilege to have known her since I was four years of age.
If we all lived her life the world would be a most remarkable place. Rest in Peace, Mrs Williams.
I wanted to give a belated congratulations to the 900 or so children that made lanterns for the parade through Caerphilly before Christmas. It was the most successful yet with colourful costumes, sculptures and fireworks.
Plaid Cymru South Wales East AM