I've received quite a few questions this week, in particular about why I have such an interest in Lembit. So I thought I'd give some answers. Here goes...
No, I don't fancy him. I can categorically state that it isn't a love-hate thing for Lembit that I have going on. Promise.
There are two reasons why I (a Plaid Cymru supporter from Ynys Mon) tend to keep an eye on the world of Lembit Opik. Firstly, a general interest in Welsh politics and he's quite an obvious character within that world. And, secondly, and most importantly, my mothers side of the family hail from Montgomeryshire or Maldwyn. Indeed, I still have a lot of a family in Mid Wales - my Grandmother lives in Newtown, and there are other relatives in Llanbrynmair, Clywedog and Bont Dolgadfan. I feel a deep connection to the place, and even want to be buried at the family graveyard in Staylittle when I die which hopefully won't be for a few decades!
The elder generations within my family are mainly Old Style Liberals, though there are a few Tories thrown into the mix as well. My grandfather was a councillor until recently on Powys county council, and as a result, politics has always been discussed within the family. As you may have guessed, I'm Plaid Cymru through and through. However, that doesn't stop me from appreciating good and effective politicians from other parties. I don't hate someone automatically just because they're a Tory, Lib Dem or even a Labour supporter! If Lembit was fulfilling his obligations to the people of Maldwyn, then I wouldn't have a problem with him. But he's not. And that's why I've been speaking out...
Lembit started off well as a politician. He created an impact and seemed geeky enough to do a good job of it. HOWEVER. Things rapidly changed. I don't think I need to go into details, but here are a few key words which led to his downfall: Sian Lloyd, Cheeky Girl, Mr and Mrs, Hello Magazine, I want a cheeky baby, Celebrity Apprentice, Celebrity Who Wants to be a Millionaire.... I think you get the picture!
I love eccentric politicians. I like people who are different. But Lembit is just a lembo (idiot). He's become obsessed with becoming a Z list celebrity, to the detriment of his constituents. His contributions in parliament are embarrassing to watch when he just jumps in to the chamber to make stupid interventions, and he parades around the place with such arrogance. Indeed, many Lib Dems I know won't be voting for him next time and are talking about de-selecting him as a candidate. That's how bad things have become...
However. To answer another question I've been asked... would I rather see a Tory as an MP in Montgomeryshire? Well, obviously, no but I wouldn't be ranting to the same extent if he was at least a good MP. Personally, I'd like to see Plaid Cymru put up a hell of a fight for the seat. I truly believe that it is a winnable seat for us in the future and want us to build up our support there. Many of our policies resonate with the constituents, and now that we have evolved as a party, I think we have a lot to offer them. Plus we have a lot of support there, if only we tapped into it. Some people think I'm naive to think this. Others have suggested it could take at least twenty years to make a breakthrough there. I think we could do it before then. Ok, so the next general election would be a tad unrealistic (though stranger things have happened). But, if we worked hard enough, I can't see why we wouldn't attract new support. I'm sure to rant further on this in the future,,,
And finally - to the last question. Would Wales be dull without Lembit? My answer: God, no!! I'm sure we'd see even more of him in the press if he ceased to be an MP. He'd be on celebrity Big Brother, I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here (well, he did try and persuade other politicians to take part in 'I'm an mp, get me out of here' in the past - true story I promise you. Everyone in parliament declined) or other such crap television programmes. Plus, he'd probably have a weekly column in a tabloid. And no doubt, something like that would suit him better.
I don't hate the man. Honestly. But I do hate the fact that he is an MP, and that he isn't doing his best for Montgomeryshire. That's why I want to see the back of him, and that's why I'll continue to post anything else damning about him I come across.
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