Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A question to the Lib Dems

Just read the press release sent out by Kirsty Williams today relating to the fact that Labour and Plaid are respecting the PCS strike tomorrow and not working in the assembly (though of course still working as AM's). It was also picked up by Vaughan Roderick in his blog.

In case you haven't seen it, this was the quote from Kirsty:

“It is easy for Labour and Plaid Cymru AM’s to cancel Assembly business but people will rightly expect that as a matter of principle, if they refuse to cross the picket line to work, they should forgo part of their salary in proportion to the amount of time they spent not working, just like everyone else who was on strike.

“Being on strike means not working and if you’re not working, you shouldn’t be paid – it’s as simple as that. Those Labour and Plaid Cymru AMs who essentially had ‘days off’ should not be paid for the time they were not doing what they are being paid to do."

A question then: did the Lib Dems demand that Lembit Opik forgo part of the salary he receives as an MP when he was off on a fully paid for cruise whilst Parliament was sitting? In case you've forgotten the story, here's the link once again. If they did, then fair play to them. If not, then why not given Kirsty's comments today? After all - Plaid and Labour AM's will be doing constituency work and supporting their constituents who are on strike. Very different to going on a fully paid for cruise rather than representing your constituents don't you think... To steal some of Kirsty's words, I'd say: "Being on a cruise whilst parliament is sitting means not working and if you’re not working, you shouldn’t be paid – it’s as simple as that."

I'd also be interested to know if Mick Bates was forced to forgo his salary when he was sent home from the Assembly to hide after his A & E punch up... Just asking. Anyone know the answer to this?

Oh - and one last quote from Kirsty's press release today: "If there is work to do, we will be there to do our job and represent the people of Wales.”

Seems a shame her own MP's and AM's don't always adhere to that...

Cymeryd deryn glan iawn i ganu!

Oh - and just out of interest as well, I presume Lembit didn't miss any important meetings in his constituency or anything in parliament when earning the following. And if he did, did he forgo his parliamentary salary?

Parliamentary adviser to the Caravan Club of Great Britain. (£5,001-£10,000)
16 January 2010, payment of £6000. Hours: 100 hrs. (Registered 2 February 2010)
Training for the National School of Government. (Up to £5,000)
Broadcasting fees from the BBC. (Up to £5,000)
Fees from ITV for television appearances. (£5,001-£10,000)
Fees for training work for Luther Pendragon.
Journalism for the Daily Sport. (Up to £5,000)
July 2009, received payment of £1600. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 2 February 2010)
August 2009, received payment of £1600. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 2 February 2010)
September 2009, received payment of £1600. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 2 February 2010)
October 2009, received payment of £1600. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 2 February 2010)
November 2009, received payment of £1600. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 2 February 2010)
December 2009, received payment of £1600. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 2 February 2010)
January 2010, received payment of £1600. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 2 February 2010)
Payments for articles for Mail on Sunday newspaper, Associated Newspapers Ltd, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT:
£1000, 13 August 2009. Hours: 6 hrs. (Registered 2 February 2010)
£1000, 2 September 2009. Hours: 6 hrs. (Registered 2 February 2010)
£20,000 received 9 March 2009. Hours: 40 hrs. (Registered 4 March 2010)
Television appearances arranged via Personal Appearances, 20 North Mount, 1147-1161 High Road, Whetstone, London N20 OPH:
£1000, 'Cash in the Attic', 9 June 2009. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 2 February 2010)
£984, 'The King is Dead', 31 July 2009. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 2 February 2010)
£400, 'Big Brothers Little Brother', 11 August 2009. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 2 February 2010)
£191.25, 'The End of the Year Show', 30 October 2009. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 9 February 2010)
Payment of £150 for political seminar for GovNet Communications, 3rd Floor, St James Buildings, 79 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 6PP, 23 July 2009. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 2 February 2010)
Payment of £2000 (plus £390 food and accommodation) for after dinner speech and informal seminar for Avery Healthcare Ltd, 1b Basset Court, Loake Close, Grange Park, Northampton NN4 5EZ, 24 November 2009. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 2 February 2010)
Speaking engagement for (Cunard) Carnival plc, 5 Gainsford Street, London SE1 2NE, 29 November-4 December 2009. Hospitality, accommodation and travel to the value of £5752. Hours: 10 hrs. (Registered 2 February 2010)

2 comments:

nebonebo said...

Gwell i ti ddarllen hwn cariad:
http://www.freedomcentral.org.uk/2010/03/those-hard-working-welsh-liberal-democrat-mps.html

Heledd Fychan said...

'Cariad' - dydi hynny ddim yn ateb dim un o'r cwestiynnau a ofynais o gwbwl. Ydi Lembit wedi gorfod talu arian nol am fod ar y Cruise yn lle'r senedd a pam nad ydi o wedi bod yn ei etholaeth na'r senedd pan ddyla fo?

A gyda llaw - mae pawb yn gwybod mai'r unig reswm mae record siarad Lembit mor uchel ydi gan ei fod yn gwneud 'interventions' bob munud, yn aml rhai sy'n gwneud dim synnwyr o gwbwl a sydd ddim yn berthnasol gan nad ydi o wedi eistedd mewn ar y dadleuon. Hefyd - yn y Welsh Grand, darllen Hello neu OK magazine oedd Lembit nid cyfrannu. O - a un peth arall hefyd - roedd pob un EDM am gyfnod maith ganddo jest ynglyn a Segways a dim byd o gwbwl am Gymru na Sir Drefnaldwyn.