YOUR AM WRITES: Mohammad Asghar, Conservative AM for South East Wales

It’s not often that I’m lost for words in my role as an Assembly Member; however this month would prove to be an exception to that rule.

Many people in Wales believe that devolution has placed power into the hands of elected representatives that will act in the best interests of our country. This sentiment was echoed when on March 4th 2011, a referendum on law-making powers for the Assembly Government revealed 63.49% of people voted yes to increased powers and only 36.51% voted no.

However, this month it was revealed that the Welsh Government under the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, decided that the best way to spend £17.6 million of taxpayers money wasn’t on filling NHS staffing vacancies to improve services and unacceptable waiting times; nor was it on improving ambulance response times (which have been missed for the last 16 months under this government); neither was it put towards the Welsh Government’s failure to meet its own waiting time targets for urgent cancer patients - targets that have been missed for the past five years.

So what did the Welsh Government actually decide to spend this money on? Education? …Welsh schools are some of the worst performing in the UK… or was it road improvements? The potholed legacy of our recent harsh winters still litters our roads and pavements...

The astonishing truth is that it was none of the above. Instead, the Welsh Labour Government deemed the best way to spend your money was on a lavish £17.6 million refurbishment of their Cardiff Bay offices.

This included:

• Over £80,000 (just this year) on new televisions – including a 75” Samsung screen for £6,661.

• 34 tables at over £2,600 each.

• 387 Chairs at £538 each.

• £595,311 on audio and video conferencing equipment.

• £902,000 on new IT equipment.

Meanwhile, Labour’s own councillors have been warning of an ‘Armageddon’ facing public services.

I’m not against refurbishment, however elected representatives in public office have a duty to keep these expenditures in context and spend public money wisely.

The Welsh Government may soon be holding a referendum on further tax-raising powers. After such a wasteful display of opulence, how can the people of Wales trust the Welsh Government to spend their money wisely?

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4:13pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Lenin says...

Sadly I am usually left speechless by the actions and words of this AM, and today's self serving rubbish has done it again.
Sadly I am usually left speechless by the actions and words of this AM, and today's self serving rubbish has done it again. Lenin

4:34pm Tue 3 Dec 13

siameselady says...

Sadly what Mr Asghar is saying is true. Nice to see an AM who actually tells the truth and obviously has the welfare of the people of Wales at heart. Shame the same can't be said for all the other freeloading jobsworths at Cardiff bay. The Welsh people may well complain but they voted them all in!
Sadly what Mr Asghar is saying is true. Nice to see an AM who actually tells the truth and obviously has the welfare of the people of Wales at heart. Shame the same can't be said for all the other freeloading jobsworths at Cardiff bay. The Welsh people may well complain but they voted them all in! siameselady

5:21pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Magor says...

Thats one thing that Labour is good at.Wasting Money.
Thats one thing that Labour is good at.Wasting Money. Magor

5:34pm Tue 3 Dec 13

KarloMarko says...

Well if we are talking about public money and waste...look no further...

Mohammed Asghar...he plays it like a phiddle...from Labour to list Plaid to Tory...what's left? UKIP? Carpet to Bag. It's a family business....and Mo's key business is "family"

And they wonder why people have such comtempt for politicians? Go Guess.
Well if we are talking about public money and waste...look no further... Mohammed Asghar...he plays it like a phiddle...from Labour to list Plaid to Tory...what's left? UKIP? Carpet to Bag. It's a family business....and Mo's key business is "family" And they wonder why people have such comtempt for politicians? Go Guess. KarloMarko

6:34pm Tue 3 Dec 13

merlin the silure says...

ALL politicians are self-seeking, snouts in the trough ,egotists.
Would'nt trust any of them further than I could throw them(and judging by some of the free lunches they get that would'nt be very far).
They ALL have their own agenda which does'nt usually involve us,their constituents-none of them will answer a straight question,always turning the question to their own dubious ends.
Come the revolution(as Wolfie Smith would say) ,first against the wall would be politicians,closely followed by bankers-and then the WRU !!.
ALL politicians are self-seeking, snouts in the trough ,egotists. Would'nt trust any of them further than I could throw them(and judging by some of the free lunches they get that would'nt be very far). They ALL have their own agenda which does'nt usually involve us,their constituents-none of them will answer a straight question,always turning the question to their own dubious ends. Come the revolution(as Wolfie Smith would say) ,first against the wall would be politicians,closely followed by bankers-and then the WRU !!. merlin the silure

9:27pm Tue 3 Dec 13

scraptheWAG says...

it does not surprise me the only thing that does is the people of Newport are not rioting on the streets I wrote to John Griffiths AM about a year about the absolute mess that Newport was in (it really is in a tragic state) and he said it was due to tory cuts effecting the town £7k on a plama tv what absolute waste - those that voted for this stupid assembly must be proud.
it does not surprise me the only thing that does is the people of Newport are not rioting on the streets I wrote to John Griffiths AM about a year about the absolute mess that Newport was in (it really is in a tragic state) and he said it was due to tory cuts effecting the town £7k on a plama tv what absolute waste - those that voted for this stupid assembly must be proud. scraptheWAG

9:30pm Tue 3 Dec 13

scraptheWAG says...

Lenin wrote:
Sadly I am usually left speechless by the actions and words of this AM, and today's self serving rubbish has done it again.
what do you mean self serving rubbish are you disputing the figures or defending this absolute waste. I assume you vote labour as your father voted labour?
[quote][p][bold]Lenin[/bold] wrote: Sadly I am usually left speechless by the actions and words of this AM, and today's self serving rubbish has done it again.[/p][/quote]what do you mean self serving rubbish are you disputing the figures or defending this absolute waste. I assume you vote labour as your father voted labour? scraptheWAG

10:47pm Tue 3 Dec 13

scraptheWAG says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
it does not surprise me the only thing that does is the people of Newport are not rioting on the streets I wrote to John Griffiths AM about a year about the absolute mess that Newport was in (it really is in a tragic state) and he said it was due to tory cuts effecting the town £7k on a plama tv what absolute waste - those that voted for this stupid assembly must be proud.
i take it the people that are giving me a thumbs down don'y mind all the grant money that wales receives all squandered and wasted.
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: it does not surprise me the only thing that does is the people of Newport are not rioting on the streets I wrote to John Griffiths AM about a year about the absolute mess that Newport was in (it really is in a tragic state) and he said it was due to tory cuts effecting the town £7k on a plama tv what absolute waste - those that voted for this stupid assembly must be proud.[/p][/quote]i take it the people that are giving me a thumbs down don'y mind all the grant money that wales receives all squandered and wasted. scraptheWAG

10:57pm Tue 3 Dec 13

smokintheweed says...

Perhaps you are just boring everyone to death. I find you incredibly tedious and I'm sure a lot of other people on here do too.
Perhaps you are just boring everyone to death. I find you incredibly tedious and I'm sure a lot of other people on here do too. smokintheweed

11:17pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Llanmartinangel says...

Whatever you think of his game of political musical chairs, you have to admit that he has put some news of appalling waste in the public domain in this article. Outrageous.
Whatever you think of his game of political musical chairs, you have to admit that he has put some news of appalling waste in the public domain in this article. Outrageous. Llanmartinangel

10:15am Wed 4 Dec 13

white white says...

Is this the Same am that had a hissy fit when he with
The plaid group was told that he could not employ family
On his staff ,then threw his toys out of his pram then joined the Tories
What he should have done was resign his seat immediately
then stand for election as Tory candidate .what I don't understand
Is how a person can join a nationalists party for Wales and
Support them then join the unionist party of Britain that as far as part
As black and white ,the man is not only a moronic eejit but a stupid greedy one as well who let down his plaid voters when he couldn't get what he wanted,like like most politicians the tend to represent them selves and not
The people who voted for them.man's a jackass
Is this the Same am that had a hissy fit when he with The plaid group was told that he could not employ family On his staff ,then threw his toys out of his pram then joined the Tories What he should have done was resign his seat immediately then stand for election as Tory candidate .what I don't understand Is how a person can join a nationalists party for Wales and Support them then join the unionist party of Britain that as far as part As black and white ,the man is not only a moronic eejit but a stupid greedy one as well who let down his plaid voters when he couldn't get what he wanted,like like most politicians the tend to represent them selves and not The people who voted for them.man's a jackass white white

6:19pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Welshman1 says...

white white wrote:
Is this the Same am that had a hissy fit when he with
The plaid group was told that he could not employ family
On his staff ,then threw his toys out of his pram then joined the Tories
What he should have done was resign his seat immediately
then stand for election as Tory candidate .what I don't understand
Is how a person can join a nationalists party for Wales and
Support them then join the unionist party of Britain that as far as part
As black and white ,the man is not only a moronic eejit but a stupid greedy one as well who let down his plaid voters when he couldn't get what he wanted,like like most politicians the tend to represent them selves and not
The people who voted for them.man's a jackass
Is this the man that uses a new login everytime to cry about Mr Asghar's family each time he writes? Agenda perhaps?
[quote][p][bold]white white[/bold] wrote: Is this the Same am that had a hissy fit when he with The plaid group was told that he could not employ family On his staff ,then threw his toys out of his pram then joined the Tories What he should have done was resign his seat immediately then stand for election as Tory candidate .what I don't understand Is how a person can join a nationalists party for Wales and Support them then join the unionist party of Britain that as far as part As black and white ,the man is not only a moronic eejit but a stupid greedy one as well who let down his plaid voters when he couldn't get what he wanted,like like most politicians the tend to represent them selves and not The people who voted for them.man's a jackass[/p][/quote]Is this the man that uses a new login everytime to cry about Mr Asghar's family each time he writes? Agenda perhaps? Welshman1

6:31pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Welshman1 says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
scraptheWAG wrote:
it does not surprise me the only thing that does is the people of Newport are not rioting on the streets I wrote to John Griffiths AM about a year about the absolute mess that Newport was in (it really is in a tragic state) and he said it was due to tory cuts effecting the town £7k on a plama tv what absolute waste - those that voted for this stupid assembly must be proud.
i take it the people that are giving me a thumbs down don'y mind all the grant money that wales receives all squandered and wasted.
Unfortunately, the comment columns of this paper have become riddled politically motivated commentators - it doesn't take much to search through the 'Your AM writes' pages to notice a suprising amount of similar writing tones from people who are clearly trying to further an agenda, take a look at 'white white's' (supremacist connotations perhaps?) comment above, then look at the last time Mohammad got published, is he 'Mr Angry'? I, for one, suspect so...
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: it does not surprise me the only thing that does is the people of Newport are not rioting on the streets I wrote to John Griffiths AM about a year about the absolute mess that Newport was in (it really is in a tragic state) and he said it was due to tory cuts effecting the town £7k on a plama tv what absolute waste - those that voted for this stupid assembly must be proud.[/p][/quote]i take it the people that are giving me a thumbs down don'y mind all the grant money that wales receives all squandered and wasted.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, the comment columns of this paper have become riddled politically motivated commentators - it doesn't take much to search through the 'Your AM writes' pages to notice a suprising amount of similar writing tones from people who are clearly trying to further an agenda, take a look at 'white white's' (supremacist connotations perhaps?) comment above, then look at the last time Mohammad got published, is he 'Mr Angry'? I, for one, suspect so... Welshman1

10:15pm Wed 4 Dec 13

white white says...

Welshman1 wrote:
white white wrote:
Is this the Same am that had a hissy fit when he with
The plaid group was told that he could not employ family
On his staff ,then threw his toys out of his pram then joined the Tories
What he should have done was resign his seat immediately
then stand for election as Tory candidate .what I don't understand
Is how a person can join a nationalists party for Wales and
Support them then join the unionist party of Britain that as far as part
As black and white ,the man is not only a moronic eejit but a stupid greedy one as well who let down his plaid voters when he couldn't get what he wanted,like like most politicians the tend to represent them selves and not
The people who voted for them.man's a jackass
Is this the man that uses a new login everytime to cry about Mr Asghar's family each time he writes? Agenda perhaps?
No
[quote][p][bold]Welshman1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]white white[/bold] wrote: Is this the Same am that had a hissy fit when he with The plaid group was told that he could not employ family On his staff ,then threw his toys out of his pram then joined the Tories What he should have done was resign his seat immediately then stand for election as Tory candidate .what I don't understand Is how a person can join a nationalists party for Wales and Support them then join the unionist party of Britain that as far as part As black and white ,the man is not only a moronic eejit but a stupid greedy one as well who let down his plaid voters when he couldn't get what he wanted,like like most politicians the tend to represent them selves and not The people who voted for them.man's a jackass[/p][/quote]Is this the man that uses a new login everytime to cry about Mr Asghar's family each time he writes? Agenda perhaps?[/p][/quote]No white white

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