Sunday, July 26, 2009

Shouldn't have done it...

Sometimes, it's better not to react when someone shows up your lack of knowledge. Or you'll just end up looking foolish. I'm afraid that's something David James didn't think of before writing his column in the Wales on Sunday today responding to a blog post Adam Price made about his article in last week's paper. Still following? Basically, James made fun of Adam and his calls for reforming the way Wales is funded. This, despite the fact that there is widespread agreement by now backing Adam's argument - take the Holthan Commission report, the House of Lords' Select Committee report and comments made by the man who formulated the Barnett formula himself. What more evidence does he need? Ok, so the CEBR report suggests differently but it's in a minority. Surely a journalist should examine all sources, weigh up all arguments and come up with a considered argument and not just read the one which happens to support your own gut opinion?

The response today was just childish. Adam's argument wasn't nationalist rhetoric as James would have his readers believe. It's based on evidence and he's done his research. We should be grateful at least that James, the man who's 'at the heart of Welsh politics' nearly got Adam's constituency title right this week. Last week he was Plaid MP for Ceredigion in the article! This week he's the Carmarthen MP. Well, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr to be exact. Hopefully, third time lucky eh?

Picking a fight or rather 'war' with someone who knows far more than you is never advisable. I know James has only just taken over the column, so I hope it will get better. He's probably just trying to create an impact. He's not all bad anyway. Although I didn't agree with his interpretation of the social mobility report at least he had a deserved pop at Lembit... Long may that continue at least!

6 comments:

Banksy said...

So he's right when he has a go at your opponents, but wrong when he has a go at you (Plaid)?

I see.

Heledd Fychan said...

No, you obviously don't see. The social mobility report he criticized which I actually agree with is a UK Labour report. I have no problem agreeing with other parties when they have good ideas, or criticizing my own party if I don't agree with things.

Banksy said...

Blogging is about dialogue. By all means moderate, but if you fail to publish reasonable criticisms of your position, again, that rather undermines your position.

Why should anyone be taken seriously as a PPC if they cannot respond to reasoned debate.

Heledd Fychan said...

I'm sorry, I must have missed your comment. I deleted quite a few the other night as they were just either spam or really offensive and not related to the post.I've been up to my eyes with work for the past for few days and haven't had time to properly catch up with things. Feel free to leave your comment again and I'll respond. As you know, many of us candidates have other full time jobs which sometimes have to take priority over our blogs.

Banksy said...

Hardly worth going back to now, but it certainly wasn't offensive or spam.

I said that understood the disagreement you had over the mobility report and that was a perfectly valid point to make.

However, your serious point was undone by the aside at then end in which you approved of his criticism of Lembit Opik and hoped it would continue.

It might have been light-hearted, but it creates a strange impression. That on the one hand you can disagree with journalists over policy issue, but then give them a pat on the head for attacking our opponents.

Heledd Fychan said...

It was a light hearted comment, and to be honest, I agreed with the point he made. I can see your argument, but that's just my style of writing and opinion. Thanks for posting again.