YOUR MP WRITES: Paul Flynn, MP for Newport West

South Wales Argus: YOUR MP WRITES: Paul Flynn, MP for Newport West YOUR MP WRITES: Paul Flynn, MP for Newport West

‘Newport is lovely place. You should go there.’

That’s not always the reaction from strangers when you say that you are from Newport. The words were those of the Polish Foreign Minister Adam Rotfeld at a conference in Warsaw. He urged fellow delegates to visit. His enthusiasm followed the Foreign Minister conference here in 2005. Adam spent his time blissfully at the Celtic Manor and Tredegar House on two sunny summer days. All he saw was world class quality. These magnificent places are as authentic parts of Newport as anywhere else. We excessively stress the negatives. At the NATO summit next year we have another chance to show the world our brilliant facilities and landscape. Let’s indulge. Flaunt and enjoy the best of our city.

Memories are stirred of Newport 1969. The second UK protest against South Africa’s attempt to export apartheid was held here. Contrary to popular opinion, Peter Hain was not demonstrating here, nor in Ebbw Vale or Cardiff. Peter told me that people insist that they carried him off the pitch in Swansea. He wasn’t there either.

The Newport demo was organised by the late John Newnham and the late MEP David Morris. Honourably active too was former Councillor David Hando. At that time anger at apartheid fired up a minority only. It was unanimously denounced in Parliament when Mandela’s memory was honoured.

City analysts Liberem Capital say that the Hinkley Point nuclear power station deal is ‘economically insane’. The electricity price fixed with a French company is at double the going rate, index-linked and guaranteed for 35 years!

This rip-off is only possible by spending £billions of public money in subsidies. They probably break competition rules. Europe is likely to cry ‘Foul’ next week. That could save us from another enormous hike in electricity prices.

Doubts on the truth of crime figures were the main excuse for getting rid of Police Chief Constable Napier. The new chief believes they were accurate. Select committee experts agreed with me that the new Police and Crime Commissioners are under greater pressure than police to fiddle their figures. PPCs are politicians who need to be re-elected. Not much of a slogan –‘Vote for me. I raised crime levels.’

Excitement. It’s almost certainly never happened before. Two Gwent MPs announce that they are about to get married. Not to each other. That’s two weddings in prospect. Can’t wait.

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4:26pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Abertillery29 says...

What a load of drivel. Time to go to the retirement home - Lords.
What a load of drivel. Time to go to the retirement home - Lords. Abertillery29

4:27pm Mon 16 Dec 13

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Paul, Paul, Paul... The murdering, thieving NATO scum won't dare set foot outside their armed security cordon to see any of Wales because we'll be out there waiting for thme if they do. :)
Paul, Paul, Paul... The murdering, thieving NATO scum won't dare set foot outside their armed security cordon to see any of Wales because we'll be out there waiting for thme if they do. :) GardenVarietyMushroom

4:44pm Mon 16 Dec 13

regaturn says...

The new Chief Constable was Napier's deputy and carried out her policies, so he is hardly likely to agree the crime figures were inaccurate. Why do you constantly attack the PCC, would you be doing the same if your man had been elected, somehow I very much doubt it. It's about time you packed it in Paul you've had your nose in the taxpayers trough for too long!
The new Chief Constable was Napier's deputy and carried out her policies, so he is hardly likely to agree the crime figures were inaccurate. Why do you constantly attack the PCC, would you be doing the same if your man had been elected, somehow I very much doubt it. It's about time you packed it in Paul you've had your nose in the taxpayers trough for too long! regaturn

4:45pm Mon 16 Dec 13

KarloMarko says...

He really has now lost the plot. Totally vacuous, he's become the very thing he once claimed to despise, a nodding dog of an MP living on and in the past. Empty and rattling.

But the "Labour" Party has a load of needy Oxbridge careerist chancers lined up to replace him. Rejoice.
He really has now lost the plot. Totally vacuous, he's become the very thing he once claimed to despise, a nodding dog of an MP living on and in the past. Empty and rattling. But the "Labour" Party has a load of needy Oxbridge careerist chancers lined up to replace him. Rejoice. KarloMarko

4:49pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Woodgnome says...

The pointless ramblings of a dear old near octogenarian. Time to take it easy and retire with reputation intact.
The pointless ramblings of a dear old near octogenarian. Time to take it easy and retire with reputation intact. Woodgnome

5:38pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Simon_Watkins says...

I think you'll find that Paul Flynn has opposed PCCs since they were envisaged. Having a politician responsible for police and crime policy always was a recipe for disaster, and we're experiencing that disaster now. Fair play to Paul Flynn for being consistent about it.
I think you'll find that Paul Flynn has opposed PCCs since they were envisaged. Having a politician responsible for police and crime policy always was a recipe for disaster, and we're experiencing that disaster now. Fair play to Paul Flynn for being consistent about it. Simon_Watkins

10:17pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

Yes Paul, apartheid was/is bad but so is anti-Semitism.
Yes Paul, apartheid was/is bad but so is anti-Semitism. Katie Re-Registered

10:18pm Mon 16 Dec 13

bluebanana says...

I've read Mr Flynn's piece 3 times now and I still can't make any sense out of it?! What the hell are you babling on about man!
I've read Mr Flynn's piece 3 times now and I still can't make any sense out of it?! What the hell are you babling on about man! bluebanana

12:45am Tue 17 Dec 13

UKIP in Newport says...

The impression gained from the interior of the Celtic Manor or Tredegar House is one thing, a walk down Commercial Street gives quite a different impression - I imagine that Paul Flynn rejoices in the multiculturalism and diversity that has been visited upon Newport thanks to the Labour party's open door policy. British people have never been asked (by politicians) if they want mass-immigration - polls and surveys reveal an overwhelming majority reject the open door emphatically. If Paul Flynn has an opinion on immigration, perhaps he would like to share it with the electorate?
The impression gained from the interior of the Celtic Manor or Tredegar House is one thing, a walk down Commercial Street gives quite a different impression - I imagine that Paul Flynn rejoices in the multiculturalism and diversity that has been visited upon Newport thanks to the Labour party's open door policy. British people have never been asked (by politicians) if they want mass-immigration - polls and surveys reveal an overwhelming majority reject the open door emphatically. If Paul Flynn has an opinion on immigration, perhaps he would like to share it with the electorate? UKIP in Newport

9:20am Tue 17 Dec 13

blackandamber says...

Well I was at that game but of course you would'n't have recognised Mr Hain in those days as he was a white liberal not an orangy/brown champagne socialist that he is today. And while we are on the subject of protesting why aren't you and Mr Hain protesting about the apartheid which has been going on in Zimbabwe against white Zimbabweans where they have been murdered, stolen from, and generally disenfranchised by an odious despot and his gang of criminals that have turned Zimbabwe from the bread basket of Africa to a basket case. Where are your protests Mr Flynn or is apartheid a one way street.
Well I was at that game but of course you would'n't have recognised Mr Hain in those days as he was a white liberal not an orangy/brown champagne socialist that he is today. And while we are on the subject of protesting why aren't you and Mr Hain protesting about the apartheid which has been going on in Zimbabwe against white Zimbabweans where they have been murdered, stolen from, and generally disenfranchised by an odious despot and his gang of criminals that have turned Zimbabwe from the bread basket of Africa to a basket case. Where are your protests Mr Flynn or is apartheid a one way street. blackandamber

10:43am Tue 17 Dec 13

whatintheworld says...

blackandamber wrote:
Well I was at that game but of course you would'n't have recognised Mr Hain in those days as he was a white liberal not an orangy/brown champagne socialist that he is today. And while we are on the subject of protesting why aren't you and Mr Hain protesting about the apartheid which has been going on in Zimbabwe against white Zimbabweans where they have been murdered, stolen from, and generally disenfranchised by an odious despot and his gang of criminals that have turned Zimbabwe from the bread basket of Africa to a basket case. Where are your protests Mr Flynn or is apartheid a one way street.
if you look at his website (http://www.paulflyn
nmp.co.uk/Softworksh
ardkills.html) paul does draw attention to the plight of zimbabwe.

this peice says a little about a lot - hence the "ramblings" feel.
[quote][p][bold]blackandamber[/bold] wrote: Well I was at that game but of course you would'n't have recognised Mr Hain in those days as he was a white liberal not an orangy/brown champagne socialist that he is today. And while we are on the subject of protesting why aren't you and Mr Hain protesting about the apartheid which has been going on in Zimbabwe against white Zimbabweans where they have been murdered, stolen from, and generally disenfranchised by an odious despot and his gang of criminals that have turned Zimbabwe from the bread basket of Africa to a basket case. Where are your protests Mr Flynn or is apartheid a one way street.[/p][/quote]if you look at his website (http://www.paulflyn nmp.co.uk/Softworksh ardkills.html) paul does draw attention to the plight of zimbabwe. this peice says a little about a lot - hence the "ramblings" feel. whatintheworld

1:33pm Tue 17 Dec 13

UKIP in Newport says...

blackandamber - would that be the same Peter Hain who opined that people are too stupid to vote on an EU in/out referendum without the government telling them what to think? He proposed a government report to advise the stupid people - a report which would of course be totally unbiased ...
blackandamber - would that be the same Peter Hain who opined that people are too stupid to vote on an EU in/out referendum without the government telling them what to think? He proposed a government report to advise the stupid people - a report which would of course be totally unbiased ... UKIP in Newport

3:50pm Tue 17 Dec 13

blackandamber says...

UKIP in Newport wrote:
blackandamber - would that be the same Peter Hain who opined that people are too stupid to vote on an EU in/out referendum without the government telling them what to think? He proposed a government report to advise the stupid people - a report which would of course be totally unbiased ...
Well there are plenty of people in Wales who, let us say that are less enlightened souls, who persist in voting for the Labour party, who continue to fail them.
[quote][p][bold]UKIP in Newport[/bold] wrote: blackandamber - would that be the same Peter Hain who opined that people are too stupid to vote on an EU in/out referendum without the government telling them what to think? He proposed a government report to advise the stupid people - a report which would of course be totally unbiased ...[/p][/quote]Well there are plenty of people in Wales who, let us say that are less enlightened souls, who persist in voting for the Labour party, who continue to fail them. blackandamber

4:26pm Tue 17 Dec 13

GazaCity says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Yes Paul, apartheid was/is bad but so is anti-Semitism.
I was a member of the anti apartheid movement and fortunate to be invited to Cardiff Castle during Mandela's visit there. As for anti-semitism, I too am opposed to this . But there is a vast difference between Judaism which I support and the evil political zionist agenda practiced by Israel which is built on militarism, occupation and apartheid!!!! The very system which is giving Judaism a bad name.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Yes Paul, apartheid was/is bad but so is anti-Semitism.[/p][/quote]I was a member of the anti apartheid movement and fortunate to be invited to Cardiff Castle during Mandela's visit there. As for anti-semitism, I too am opposed to this . But there is a vast difference between Judaism which I support and the evil political zionist agenda practiced by Israel which is built on militarism, occupation and apartheid!!!! The very system which is giving Judaism a bad name. GazaCity

4:47pm Tue 17 Dec 13

GazaCity says...

GardenVarietyMushroo
m
wrote:
Paul, Paul, Paul... The murdering, thieving NATO scum won't dare set foot outside their armed security cordon to see any of Wales because we'll be out there waiting for thme if they do. :)
disappointed with Paul, whom I have had so much respect for his work in the peace movement, how could he contemplate welcoming NATO..which is a war machine not interested in world peace!!!
[quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: Paul, Paul, Paul... The murdering, thieving NATO scum won't dare set foot outside their armed security cordon to see any of Wales because we'll be out there waiting for thme if they do. :)[/p][/quote]disappointed with Paul, whom I have had so much respect for his work in the peace movement, how could he contemplate welcoming NATO..which is a war machine not interested in world peace!!! GazaCity

9:41pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Jonnytrouble says...

Maybe he was shopping in Cardiff then when he got home had a few more Xmas drinks and decided to write the article thinking he was shopping in Newport ?
Maybe he was shopping in Cardiff then when he got home had a few more Xmas drinks and decided to write the article thinking he was shopping in Newport ? Jonnytrouble

7:05pm Fri 20 Dec 13

welshmen says...

UKIP in Newport wrote:
blackandamber - would that be the same Peter Hain who opined that people are too stupid to vote on an EU in/out referendum without the government telling them what to think? He proposed a government report to advise the stupid people - a report which would of course be totally unbiased ...
And would that be the same Peter Hain who couldn't explain £123,000 in expenses, and the alleged Barclay,s Bank robber of £1400, who got away in a VW camper van some time ago, but to be fair he is still a backer for the Seven Barrage, wonder if he'll go back to South Africa and fight for the White Farmers who are getting killed by the thousands every year....
[quote][p][bold]UKIP in Newport[/bold] wrote: blackandamber - would that be the same Peter Hain who opined that people are too stupid to vote on an EU in/out referendum without the government telling them what to think? He proposed a government report to advise the stupid people - a report which would of course be totally unbiased ...[/p][/quote]And would that be the same Peter Hain who couldn't explain £123,000 in expenses, and the alleged Barclay,s Bank robber of £1400, who got away in a VW camper van some time ago, but to be fair he is still a backer for the Seven Barrage, wonder if he'll go back to South Africa and fight for the White Farmers who are getting killed by the thousands every year.... welshmen

8:07pm Fri 20 Dec 13

scraptheWAG says...

Paul you do know that your job is to represent this run down slum you should be down the WAG all guns blazing securing funding for newport not just rolling over for uncle carwyn to tickle your belly.

any by the way a sack of spuds in a red rossette could get elected for labour

You have ridden the grazy train long enough SOD OFF AND RETIRE
Paul you do know that your job is to represent this run down slum you should be down the WAG all guns blazing securing funding for newport not just rolling over for uncle carwyn to tickle your belly. any by the way a sack of spuds in a red rossette could get elected for labour You have ridden the grazy train long enough SOD OFF AND RETIRE scraptheWAG

2:40am Sat 21 Dec 13

county mad says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
Paul you do know that your job is to represent this run down slum you should be down the WAG all guns blazing securing funding for newport not just rolling over for uncle carwyn to tickle your belly.

any by the way a sack of spuds in a red rossette could get elected for labour

You have ridden the grazy train long enough SOD OFF AND RETIRE
Apart from the typos I agree 100%
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: Paul you do know that your job is to represent this run down slum you should be down the WAG all guns blazing securing funding for newport not just rolling over for uncle carwyn to tickle your belly. any by the way a sack of spuds in a red rossette could get elected for labour You have ridden the grazy train long enough SOD OFF AND RETIRE[/p][/quote]Apart from the typos I agree 100% county mad

1:29am Mon 23 Dec 13

gathin says...

Mmmmm, you can really see from these posts that the genpop don't appreciate being preached to by a man who works for the system that has just given him and his leech-mates an 11% payrise haha.
Retirement is no use as we'd only get somebody exactly the same as a replacement.
Viva the gravy-train!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!
Mmmmm, you can really see from these posts that the genpop don't appreciate being preached to by a man who works for the system that has just given him and his leech-mates an 11% payrise haha. Retirement is no use as we'd only get somebody exactly the same as a replacement. Viva the gravy-train!!!!!!!!! !!!!! gathin

12:58pm Mon 23 Dec 13

GazaCity says...

Jonnytrouble wrote:
Maybe he was shopping in Cardiff then when he got home had a few more Xmas drinks and decided to write the article thinking he was shopping in Newport ?
get a life Johnny trouble, realise a great politician who has done so much for the peace movement in Wales.
[quote][p][bold]Jonnytrouble[/bold] wrote: Maybe he was shopping in Cardiff then when he got home had a few more Xmas drinks and decided to write the article thinking he was shopping in Newport ?[/p][/quote]get a life Johnny trouble, realise a great politician who has done so much for the peace movement in Wales. GazaCity

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