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!
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