Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Of course three points off the Spurs tomorrow would help lighten the footballing mood. And not long before all the transfer window speculation kicks in.
Will 2009 be the year when the 'credit crunch' bursts the bubble of Premiership football finances???
Friday, December 19, 2008
Seems like a bit of harmless fun to me - but there is big football politics in the background it seems.
Oh well better let Tony Mowbray he is not lined as Olympic manager yet, and Scott Carson that he is not yet the Olympic number one.
But would it really be such a bad thing for the 2012 Olympics .......
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
So the pattern is clear the scale of the issues enveloping us all are seen to be so large that some old fashioned recipes are required including spend now, tax later and raising a few more quid off those (2% of tax payers it seems) earning more. Some shortt erm money for low earners, child allowance and pensioners and a VAT reduction all round.
The last measure (VAT) leaves me a little cold but I suppose it is meant to be effective as spending is stimulated. I wait to see.
Anyway in the classic battles of modern politics the "lines" are drawn and Labour is committed to investing/spending out of the crisis, while I remain alittle unclear what the Tories will do - apart from disagree with Labour.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
However the response made by Hazel Blear's is interesting as it comes from a person who has been influencing policies at the centre for some years and therefore bears some responsibility for the problem she describes. Those who have been active in the trade union wing of the Labour movement have not ignored the issues around the far right. For example UNISON have been vigilant and invested significant sums in campaigns against the far right.
So yes Hazel let us bring our Party, our representatives and our movement back in to concerted effort in taking a message and the ideological battle to the BNP and their like.
But a few stories to pick up over the weekend, after recovering from this bottom of the pile feeling.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Well done George, that makes you as normal as the rest of us then.
I suppose an inquisitive journalist would ask to see the record of transactions on the card and see how often George shops at Tesco's and for what products?
So George how about going on tv and opening up our Tesco purchasing records to the nation. Mine includes too much wine for my own good, CDs, socks pants and food. George's card?
Sunday, November 09, 2008
If you want to help them reach their target then see here :
and give these young men a few quid for their chosen cause.
"Jones was honored as the conference freshman of the year as well as being named to the Sun Belt All-First Team. The talented forward ranks 55th in the nation in goals per game and 96th in points per game. Jones leads the Blue Raiders in goals scored, points, shooting percentage, shots on goal, shots-on-goal percentage and game-winning goals.
Despite being in just her first season of collegiate soccer, the Gwynedd, Wales native sits in eighth place in school history for most goals scored in a season and already finds herself in fifth place in school history for most game-winning goals in a career".
Da iawn Shan ymlaen a ti.
Is Tosh watching .........................
Saturday, November 08, 2008
For some strange reason Salmond is one of those politicians who riles me. He projects a smugness that, combined with his nationalist politics, makes me pleased to see some better perspective on the cause of Scottish independence. I supect some focus on day to day challenges may now occupy his mind more than a drive to areferendums.
Then again perhaps now is the time to renew the call once made by Wendy Alexander and demand the independence referendum. As I have said before we live in inter-dependent times, not independent times.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
This could indeed be one of those genuine 'historic' moments should the prevailing impression of the media prove true when the votes are counted.
Friday, October 31, 2008
It is a perfect summary of the perverted priorities that have overtaken our media obsessed age. I am sure history will find this perversion of priorities perplexing. It was unwise of my Prime Minister to even get involved in commenting on what has become a self obsessed debate at the BBC.
Let us hope we can focus our efforts on real and catastrophic events in the years to come.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
There is no escaping this adjustment and the political consequences are unclear. Gordon seems to have responded well to a "crisis" while Cameron, having promised much as a new face, seems to have an empty pantry.
And yet, out and about over half term, the shops still seem to be in good business. Perhaps the impact on such activity will be a third phase. Phase one - financial sector/liquidity, phase two - employers and builders etc, phase three (Jan onwards?) - increasing employment problems?
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
So what have the council in mind and are they open to challenge if they fail to meet their own statutory language scheme - this could run for some time given the politics which can surround language politics.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Did he feel that he was safe, as the host was I understand a Bullingdon member, and that has spectacularly backfired with Mr Rothschild clearly peeved by George's blubbering. The smell of blood ........
Monday, October 20, 2008
You know what your getting, the X Factor it ain't but men of a certain age will smile all the way to their CD players.
It doesn't disappoint.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I suspect this debate will run and run.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
ps - as a postscript to my last posting I am not ill (to the best of my knowledge) just facing the implications of changed personal circumstances - no more to be said).
Sunday, October 12, 2008
As a result I submitted my resignation as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Arfon on Friday. The people of Arfon will now be safe from my efforts to leaflet and canvas them for Labour's cause. The Party's work will of course go on and, as soon as a new candidate is elected, I am sure the constituency will focus their efforts on mounting a campaign for the next Westminster election (and playing their part in the Euro elections of 2009).
So to everyone who helped my campaigning in Arfon over the last 8 years or so, many thanks. To those people who may have cast a vote in my, and Labour's, favour - thank you. To my political opponents I have a respect for playing their part in keeping democracy alive. It is a very precious commodity. Not being a 'nationalist' is always a driving force in my personal politics but I have a mutual respect for those who take on political roles in the modern age.
Blogging will continue as a Labour blogger - we can't really afford to loose people blogging in Labour's cause in Wales. Perhaps blog menai will get his wish and my thoughts will be less campaigned focussed and more free style in their approach.
So time to amend blog profile and re emerge as Martin Eaglestone - Labour blogger (not PPC Arfon)- Perhaps to fight Labour's cause again another day.
Friday, October 10, 2008
And the bottom line is she is great footballer. Wales take pride.
Time for 'Y Goron Fach' Caernarfon to extend their horizons and organise a trip to support Wales's latest soccer star.
If the "best brains" have got us to this point then it seems I should start praying if the less well capable should get their hands on the financial controls!!
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Review here soon - lets get down pop pickers.
More exciting is the news I saw at HMV that AC/DC are to release their long awaited new gem at the end of the month. Hooray.
My daughter was not as impressed by that!
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
But the climate for the coming years must now be very different and it will be interesting to see how Welsh public services, the Assembly Government and public sector workers cope (declaration of interest!).
Much food for thought and many organisations like councils will face massive decisions about priority spending areas and their obligations (whether old persons, waste management, equal pay or education reform to name just a few).
(blogging not quite as frequent at moment but normal service to resume soon with explanation)
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
A tear in the eye at the Welsh night with a fine tribute to Glenys Kinnock MEP.
I thought Gordon delivered a godd solid spech in which he gave portions of his natural emotions and driving force. More please.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
I somehow feel this is a bit of a crisis for blogging. We need to increase our activity rates in Wales as there is no feasable way the blabberings I post should be in a top 40 for Wales.
I am still concerned that we need to put chances away if our points total is going to creep near safety. But here is one, away from home.
But I suspect Alistair's words might still be the matters under discussion next week not our point at Bolton.
Is it just me who feels that while these are clearly more challenging economic times that it does not feel like the worst conditions for 60 years?
Thursday, August 21, 2008
JOBS BOOST FROM NEW PRISON COULD BE GOOD NEWS SAYS LABOUR CANDIDIATE
"The impact of new jobs from constructing and then running a new prison needs careful consideration" says Martin Eaglestone Labour's Parliamentary candiidate in Arfon. Mr Eaglestone said this as the Ministry of Justice announced that the site of the former Ferodo factory outside Caernarfon is on a shortlist of potential sites for new prisons in Wales".
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Yes, the gap in postings was due to a family holiday and I took note of my friends advice from last year not to announce an absence from home on the internet (security mad fools!). Anyway it seems the Tory inspired Policy Exchange decided to provide a Tebbit style blast from the past. Huw Lewis is one of many tp pick up the story I note.
Aresenal away is not the place for vital points.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 09, 2008
In fact it was just off the M5 junction today and created a reasonably entertaining 1-1 draw - it is pre season!.
Friday, August 08, 2008
Little doubt it will be feast of football in glorious August weather!!!!!
Of course old foes like Wolves are kicking off in the lowly Championship the same day but is Premiership big boys are still warming up for our kick off
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Rt Hon David Hanson MP and Martin Eaglestone on site of the former Ferodo factory outside Caernarfon.
JOBS BOOST FROM NEW PRISON COULD BE GOOD NEWS SAYS LABOUR CANDIDATE
"This would be a significant investment and create a significant number of relatively well paid jobs in the Caernarfon area. That needs careful consideration in the current consultation process and I would urge people to make thier views known".
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Saturday, August 02, 2008
There, lazy posting done for today. Time for the Bangor Festival.
and the Baggies won last night .......... (2-1 at the mighty Hereford)
Thursday, July 31, 2008
However my advice is still to go on holiday!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
While this undoubtedly will make many more people conscious of energy efficiency (a good thing) there are many who will struggle, or some elderly who will perceive a need to not use energy even when necessary for their well being.
Energy supply and food production have come back with a vengance.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
"If money is taken out then to promote one activity in one specific area then I think that is wrong."
Well does that principle not equally apply to the Ryder Cup in Wales, or any site of excellence that we might choose to promote. The Millennium Centre or the National Botanic Gardens being other potential examples. Do they not receive funding to "promote one activity in one specific area".
So the Olympics is perhaps a larger scale version but it is a rare visit that it makes to the UK. My expectation would be to see Lottery funds prioritised to nations ans regions after the Olympics so we can catch up with any monies 'lost' in the build up to 2012.
The Minsiters energy might be better used driving for every possible positive spin off from the Games and the associated activity.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Why faced with a minor security breach would people wish to comment on "no stickiness of any significance". Very strange.
What if it had been significant ? A real sticky situation......
Minor stickiness ? A mild pasting ......
It could go on and on.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
So yet more competition for precious time - but this one will hopefully have more health benefits than blogging.
Paramedics get ready ...........
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Let us also hope Alun Ffred Jones has his house in order if he is to step forward as the new Minister.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Anyway the Baggies are doing the bizz and strengthening the defence. Good news.
So after a hectic week the pub will win tonight. Short posting as a result!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
So across Wales council workers have put up their picket lines, closed civic centres, many schools etc in protest at the local government employers "final offer" of 2.45% . The effect seems to have been significant and a further day of action takes place tomorrow. Pictured are a couple of shots from Llangefni and the pickets outside the council HQ.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Tom Bodden of the Daily Post will already be quaking at the 2nd game - WBA v Everton as the aggregate score in the Baggies last Premiership season was 6-2 to the Albion (I don't often mention that useless fact in front of the Blue noses in my house!).
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I had my youth at Donnington Park, various Apollos, Stafford Bingley Hall, Thin Lizy, AC/DC etc.
The torch of youth has passed on - it is time for my slippers and a glass of port.............
A review that ends up in Whitehall/Cariff Bay impasse will help no one and cost taxpayers in Wales a few quid in the process. So I hope we have pragmatic thinkers to help the forthcoming review, who can negotiate a good deal. I must check who is the union rep on the group!
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Quite why Don Touhig should let rip at the One Wales Government as one year passes by is therefore a little strange, if not out of character. Don the Welsh party voted for the One Wales government, they are going about their business and I was not aware that Edwina Hart, Jane Davidson and others were not making their mark.
Sometimes it does not help to stand in the green house throwing stones!
Monday, July 07, 2008
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Saturday, July 05, 2008
So while people gathered on a hill in Tredegar to remember Bevan's great act Y Felinheli had its annual carnival day. Dodging the showers and basking in periods of sun it seems good fun has been had by all. Thanks to the organisers.
I suppose we all have ways to be thankful for the unique qualities of the NHS. I would simply like to say thank you to all those staff who serve us all in times of need.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I discussed with Eluned the challenges which face the town as it goes through a period of major change. My key message remains the same. The decision about Victoria Dock has been made, and the big challenge now is that the 'old' and the 'new' town must find effective ways of working together for everyone's long term benefit. When there is disruption and change that is not easy, but the focus must be on making the best of the changes taking place. To help in that I am calling on Gwynedd Council and the Welsh Assembly Government to lead an "emergency" marketing campaign in local hotels, caravan parks and camping sites during the Summer holidays to ensure visitors are not put off coming to the town. This will ensure the town can best respond to the challenge of this change and be helped through a difficult period.
It often falls on local councils to lead marketing initiatives and given the impact of the current scheme it would seem very sensible to put an emergency campaign in place which will help traders over the Summer period and make sure the town can benefit from the investment and change.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
However after previous rounds of 'nat' attacks on the blog I do generally moderate and that can cuase some delay in posting comments. For example yesterday I was largley away from a pc after the posting on Cymdeithas Cledwyn, and I have only just caught up with a couple of comments-which are now posted.
I am more than happy to take the personal criticism and insults - perhaps it makes someone out there feel better. In contrast to the frustration expressed by Ordivicus, I think blogmenai has posted some valid comments about creating reasons to vote 'for' something, rather than just being anti-Tory.
Perhaps in truth a few of my nationalist friends just get upset at a Labour voice posing questions, poking the local establishment and who just won't go away (like a bad rash).
Friday, June 27, 2008
Diddorol fydd ymuno ac Eluned Morgan ASE yng Nhaernarfon wrth lawnsio adroddiad Cymdeithas Cledwyn ar ymgyrchoedd Llafur yn Gorllewin a Gogledd Orllewin Cymru. Dyma adroddiad diddorol ac un arolygiad gan Llafur ar ol canlyniadau etholiadau Y Cynulliad yn 2007.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
"Gwilym, not wanting to exert himself too much with standards, has obviously decided to emulate Martin Eaglestone's purile style of blogging, which does note bode well for his chances of being reelected in 2012, as Martin himself has yet to discover any sane reason why anybody should vote for him".
Very entertaining - although the personalised attack on Gwilym Euros seems a little OTT. People in Plaid Cymru really must come to accept election defeats a little more gracefully. Winning and loosing elections is one price of democracy. However :
New hospital in Tremadog
Multi million pound investment in regenerating Caernarfon
Investment in new facilities in Ysbyty Gwynedd
Communities First work in Caernarfon, Bangor and Dyffryn Nantlle
New multi million facilities at Bangor University
New court buildings
Plas Pawb intgrated children's centre
Ty Cegin healthy living centre
DWP offices in Parc Menai
etc etc etc - the list of acheivements could get boring.
It seems a better option to me that letting in the Tories - and yes I beleive that wasting a vote on Plaid does not make much sense for Wales, and in protecting our evolving Assembly (oops here I go again !)
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Fair argument menai, but while Plaid may be quite happy to consider deals with the Tories, and we know that the Party of Wales in Arfon voted to support the 'Rainbow' in the Assembly, some of us are still motivated by the desire to keep the Tories out.
Voting Labour in Arfon in the next Westminster election is one simple way to acheive that outcome and protect Arfon from the Tories.
Now I need to speak to Gordon about riding out the storm and providing the good reasons why Arfon needs Labour - but those investments and new opportunities were listed in the press if ignored by menai in his posting.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Saturday, May 31, 2008
So Dafydd can we be clear :
1. Do you still hold shares in the company Arianrhod, where you were a former director ?
2. Does that company own several properties on Castle Square Caernarfon ?
3. Will those properties generally benefit from the Assembly/Gwynedd Council improvement works on their doorstep?
4. What is the nature of your brother's (Arfon's AM) shreholding interest in the company?
5. Since what does has he held shares in this company ?
6. Was it before January 2008 ?
7. Did he, or you, hold shares when the publicly funded improvements were being discussed ?
8. Which other Plaid Cymru AMs have shareholding interest in Arianrhod ?
Just asking as you seem in the mood for public statements to provide post election clarifications. Don't want any ticking timebombs left unanswered.
Clarification will reassure all those people who tell me the "facts" and "questions" I have published are of legitimate public interest.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
For my part I am as interested in the January declaration by Mr Alun Ffred Jones about holding shares in Arianrhod. Must send off that e-mail seeking clarification.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
It seems we all need to take more notice of our own Government's health messages.
I look forward to seeing Andrew back at work and campaigning.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Sure there will be opposition moans and groans, and insincere accussations, but this does show better action - action that will count more than thousands of words.
Friday, May 09, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Yes I'm in a phase where the digi camera is not far away and tonight's eye catcher was a concrete lorry reversing in to the Menai Strait. With eager volunteers keen to repair Y Felinheli sailing club slip way but from a distance I saw some space ship with aliens from the sea plot! (yes the mind works in strange ways on occassions).
Sunday, May 04, 2008
As Boris of London might say "Well done chaps".
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Friday, May 02, 2008
Anyway back in Gwynedd I detect a bad night for Plaid and possibly Labour : predict Llais Gwynedd delivering results.
So will they show their ex-Plaid, or some other face: my posting about the independent/Llais Gwynedd axis looks interesting.
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Big scalps in Plaid (Mr Iwan in trouble in suggest)
Labour and Plaid swap some seats depending on local candidates?
Plaid loose out to Llais in rural areas ?
Some Plaid gains in more urban areas ?
We wait to see.
In spite of the intensity of some debates (e.g. schools) does turnout reflect the importance of the issues ?