YOUR MP WRITES: David Davies, MP for Monmouth

South Wales Argus: YOUR MP WRITES: David Davies, MP for Monmouth YOUR MP WRITES: David Davies, MP for Monmouth

Many people in Gwent were unfortunately affected by the recent storms that brought heavy rain, strong winds and destruction to much of the UK.

In general, flood defences held although this will be of scant consolation to those whose homes and businesses were flooded, including the people I met in Tintern when the River Wye burst its banks at high tide.

However I was struck by the incredible efforts of Monmouthshire County Council’s highway workers, some of whom had been placing sandbags and clearing debris for up to 17 hours then turning out to do it again after a few hours’ sleep. I’m sure I speak for many in offering them a heartfelt “thank you”.

In an unusual move on Boxing Day, Education Minister Huw Lewis AM offered an apology for the Welsh Government’s abysmal performance in global school tests. Wales has been ranked as the worst UK nation for maths, science and reading according to an international league table, which the Minister fully accepted.

An apology is a start, but if the Welsh Government is serious about taking action it needs to reintroduce testing, proper league tables, and tackle increasingly high levels of sickness absence. Ministers might also want to consider reducing the amount of time children in English medium schools are forced to learn Welsh.

An angry constituent contacted me last week to complain about the lack of a local recycling facility for energy saving light bulbs.

It was a fair comment and Monmouthshire County Council, presumably at some expense, is going to do something about it. There is a wider point here about why we have to have these things at all. Energy saving light bulbs have been foisted upon us by the EU and the powerful green lobby groups.

They can't save any energy because they are so dark we just end up having to buy extra lights to avoid living in Dickensian gloom.

They can't be very good for the environment either as they are full of mercury and people have to drive for miles to find a place where they can be properly disposed of. "Bring Back Bright Bulbs" would be a winning election slogan and I will be doing what I can to include it.

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4:10pm Mon 13 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

"Ministers might also want to consider reducing the amount of time children in English medium schools are forced to learn Welsh. "

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
O!!!!!!!!!! The twonk said something I agree with.

Oh well, I suppose, as they say - even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day.
"Ministers might also want to consider reducing the amount of time children in English medium schools are forced to learn Welsh. " NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO O!!!!!!!!!! The twonk said something I agree with. Oh well, I suppose, as they say - even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: 4

5:07pm Mon 13 Jan 14

siameselady says...

I agree too. Welsh should not be compulsory!
I agree too. Welsh should not be compulsory! siameselady
  • Score: 11

5:47pm Mon 13 Jan 14

sanny123 says...

welsh should NOT be compulsory , when most children can NOT pass a basic gcse english exam,like it or not welsh is never going to help you outside of wales.
welsh should NOT be compulsory , when most children can NOT pass a basic gcse english exam,like it or not welsh is never going to help you outside of wales. sanny123
  • Score: 10

7:32pm Mon 13 Jan 14

scraptheWAG says...

this man is CLASS he thinks the WAG are crap I agree , global warming is a load of cods wallop I agree and the vast bulk of people on disability are faking it I Agree and welsh language is a joke I agree. Please can you represent newport instead of that old cretin Flyn.
this man is CLASS he thinks the WAG are crap I agree , global warming is a load of cods wallop I agree and the vast bulk of people on disability are faking it I Agree and welsh language is a joke I agree. Please can you represent newport instead of that old cretin Flyn. scraptheWAG
  • Score: 2

7:47pm Mon 13 Jan 14

siameselady says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
this man is CLASS he thinks the WAG are crap I agree , global warming is a load of cods wallop I agree and the vast bulk of people on disability are faking it I Agree and welsh language is a joke I agree. Please can you represent newport instead of that old cretin Flyn.
Here here!
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: this man is CLASS he thinks the WAG are crap I agree , global warming is a load of cods wallop I agree and the vast bulk of people on disability are faking it I Agree and welsh language is a joke I agree. Please can you represent newport instead of that old cretin Flyn.[/p][/quote]Here here! siameselady
  • Score: -4

10:12pm Mon 13 Jan 14

brynglas says...

Anyone who thinks anthropogenic climate change is not happening is deluding themselves; in Davies's case he's deluding others too.

He was reported to have said recently when discussing climate change “I think it shows that the scientists don’t know what they are talking about."

A very large number of eminent scientists have reached a consensus on what the climate data mean. Davies, whose education ended when he left Bassaleg comp at the tender age of 18 to later take up employment in Oz as a nightclub promoter, tobacco picker and ‘rickshaw driver’, disagrees.

This man's hubris is breathtaking - don't be misled by him!
Anyone who thinks anthropogenic climate change is not happening is deluding themselves; in Davies's case he's deluding others too. He was reported to have said recently when discussing climate change “I think it shows that the scientists don’t know what they are talking about." A very large number of eminent scientists have reached a consensus on what the climate data mean. Davies, whose education ended when he left Bassaleg comp at the tender age of 18 to later take up employment in Oz as a nightclub promoter, tobacco picker and ‘rickshaw driver’, disagrees. This man's hubris is breathtaking - don't be misled by him! brynglas
  • Score: 5

11:19pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Dee-Gee says...

""Bring Back Bright Bulbs" would be a winning election slogan and I will be doing what I can to include it."

Like what, Davies? You're a complete nonentity.
""Bring Back Bright Bulbs" would be a winning election slogan and I will be doing what I can to include it." Like what, Davies? You're a complete nonentity. Dee-Gee
  • Score: 2

12:13am Tue 14 Jan 14

Spinflight says...

What an entertaining wikipedia article this chap has....

Picked fruit, traveled the world and was given a job in daddy's firm. No wonder he looks as though he hasn't worked a day in his life.

www.ukipnewport.com
What an entertaining wikipedia article this chap has.... Picked fruit, traveled the world and was given a job in daddy's firm. No wonder he looks as though he hasn't worked a day in his life. www.ukipnewport.com Spinflight
  • Score: 1

6:28am Tue 14 Jan 14

scraptheWAG says...

Spinflight wrote:
What an entertaining wikipedia article this chap has....

Picked fruit, traveled the world and was given a job in daddy's firm. No wonder he looks as though he hasn't worked a day in his life.

www.ukipnewport.com
my god picked fruit at least he has had useful jobs not like those dosey labour lot
[quote][p][bold]Spinflight[/bold] wrote: What an entertaining wikipedia article this chap has.... Picked fruit, traveled the world and was given a job in daddy's firm. No wonder he looks as though he hasn't worked a day in his life. www.ukipnewport.com[/p][/quote]my god picked fruit at least he has had useful jobs not like those dosey labour lot scraptheWAG
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11:31am Tue 14 Jan 14

BassalegCountyFan says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
this man is CLASS he thinks the WAG are crap I agree , global warming is a load of cods wallop I agree and the vast bulk of people on disability are faking it I Agree and welsh language is a joke I agree. Please can you represent newport instead of that old cretin Flyn.
I think you'll find that most people on disability aren't 'faking it' and global warming is happening

And for the record Paul Flynn has more intelligence and integrity in his little finger than Mr Davies aka the tory tornado, has in his entire body.

I just feel sorry for the people of Monmouth who are represented by Davies, who has makes more offensive gaffes than Prince Phillip, Mitt Romney and Ron Burgundy combined. Let's hope he gets booted out in 2015.
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: this man is CLASS he thinks the WAG are crap I agree , global warming is a load of cods wallop I agree and the vast bulk of people on disability are faking it I Agree and welsh language is a joke I agree. Please can you represent newport instead of that old cretin Flyn.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find that most people on disability aren't 'faking it' and global warming is happening And for the record Paul Flynn has more intelligence and integrity in his little finger than Mr Davies aka the tory tornado, has in his entire body. I just feel sorry for the people of Monmouth who are represented by Davies, who has makes more offensive gaffes than Prince Phillip, Mitt Romney and Ron Burgundy combined. Let's hope he gets booted out in 2015. BassalegCountyFan
  • Score: 1

11:31am Tue 14 Jan 14

BassalegCountyFan says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
Spinflight wrote:
What an entertaining wikipedia article this chap has....

Picked fruit, traveled the world and was given a job in daddy's firm. No wonder he looks as though he hasn't worked a day in his life.

www.ukipnewport.com
my god picked fruit at least he has had useful jobs not like those dosey labour lot
eh?
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Spinflight[/bold] wrote: What an entertaining wikipedia article this chap has.... Picked fruit, traveled the world and was given a job in daddy's firm. No wonder he looks as though he hasn't worked a day in his life. www.ukipnewport.com[/p][/quote]my god picked fruit at least he has had useful jobs not like those dosey labour lot[/p][/quote]eh? BassalegCountyFan
  • Score: 4

8:23pm Tue 14 Jan 14

scraptheWAG says...

BassalegCountyFan wrote:
scraptheWAG wrote:
this man is CLASS he thinks the WAG are crap I agree , global warming is a load of cods wallop I agree and the vast bulk of people on disability are faking it I Agree and welsh language is a joke I agree. Please can you represent newport instead of that old cretin Flyn.
I think you'll find that most people on disability aren't 'faking it' and global warming is happening

And for the record Paul Flynn has more intelligence and integrity in his little finger than Mr Davies aka the tory tornado, has in his entire body.

I just feel sorry for the people of Monmouth who are represented by Davies, who has makes more offensive gaffes than Prince Phillip, Mitt Romney and Ron Burgundy combined. Let's hope he gets booted out in 2015.
Monmouth is a well run smart little town have you been there? Newport is a dysfunctional slum.

Please tell me this what has Flyn ever done for Newport???? - IM WAITING FOR A ANSWER?????
[quote][p][bold]BassalegCountyFan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: this man is CLASS he thinks the WAG are crap I agree , global warming is a load of cods wallop I agree and the vast bulk of people on disability are faking it I Agree and welsh language is a joke I agree. Please can you represent newport instead of that old cretin Flyn.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find that most people on disability aren't 'faking it' and global warming is happening And for the record Paul Flynn has more intelligence and integrity in his little finger than Mr Davies aka the tory tornado, has in his entire body. I just feel sorry for the people of Monmouth who are represented by Davies, who has makes more offensive gaffes than Prince Phillip, Mitt Romney and Ron Burgundy combined. Let's hope he gets booted out in 2015.[/p][/quote]Monmouth is a well run smart little town have you been there? Newport is a dysfunctional slum. Please tell me this what has Flyn ever done for Newport???? - IM WAITING FOR A ANSWER????? scraptheWAG
  • Score: -2

10:43am Wed 15 Jan 14

_Bryan_ says...

brynglas wrote:
Anyone who thinks anthropogenic climate change is not happening is deluding themselves; in Davies's case he's deluding others too. He was reported to have said recently when discussing climate change “I think it shows that the scientists don’t know what they are talking about." A very large number of eminent scientists have reached a consensus on what the climate data mean. Davies, whose education ended when he left Bassaleg comp at the tender age of 18 to later take up employment in Oz as a nightclub promoter, tobacco picker and ‘rickshaw driver’, disagrees. This man's hubris is breathtaking - don't be misled by him!
A large group of scientists with researcch grants to defend have decided what data they would like to present to support the pre-established viewpoint on global warming.

The key thing about Global Warming is that the globe actually needs to warm up or by definition there is no Global Warming. Since that hasn't happened, there has been a subtle shift in terminology to "Climate change" which is much harder to pin down.
[quote][p][bold]brynglas[/bold] wrote: Anyone who thinks anthropogenic climate change is not happening is deluding themselves; in Davies's case he's deluding others too. He was reported to have said recently when discussing climate change “I think it shows that the scientists don’t know what they are talking about." A very large number of eminent scientists have reached a consensus on what the climate data mean. Davies, whose education ended when he left Bassaleg comp at the tender age of 18 to later take up employment in Oz as a nightclub promoter, tobacco picker and ‘rickshaw driver’, disagrees. This man's hubris is breathtaking - don't be misled by him![/p][/quote]A large group of scientists with researcch grants to defend have decided what data they would like to present to support the pre-established viewpoint on global warming. The key thing about Global Warming is that the globe actually needs to warm up or by definition there is no Global Warming. Since that hasn't happened, there has been a subtle shift in terminology to "Climate change" which is much harder to pin down. _Bryan_
  • Score: -2

5:20pm Wed 15 Jan 14

brynglas says...

_Bryan_ wrote:
brynglas wrote:
Anyone who thinks anthropogenic climate change is not happening is deluding themselves; in Davies's case he's deluding others too. He was reported to have said recently when discussing climate change “I think it shows that the scientists don’t know what they are talking about." A very large number of eminent scientists have reached a consensus on what the climate data mean. Davies, whose education ended when he left Bassaleg comp at the tender age of 18 to later take up employment in Oz as a nightclub promoter, tobacco picker and ‘rickshaw driver’, disagrees. This man's hubris is breathtaking - don't be misled by him!
A large group of scientists with researcch grants to defend have decided what data they would like to present to support the pre-established viewpoint on global warming.

The key thing about Global Warming is that the globe actually needs to warm up or by definition there is no Global Warming. Since that hasn't happened, there has been a subtle shift in terminology to "Climate change" which is much harder to pin down.
@ _Bryan_

Extract from the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2013:

"Observations of the climate system are based on direct measurements and remote sensing from satellites and other platforms. Global-scale observations from the instrumental era began in the mid-19th century for temperature and other variables, with more comprehensive and diverse sets of observations available for the period 1950 onwards. Paleoclimate reconstructions
extend some records back hundreds to millions of years. Together, they provide a comprehensive view of the variability and long-term changes in the atmosphere, the ocean, the cryosphere, and the land surface.

Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased."

Please note: Warming of the climate system is UNEQUIVOCAL.
[quote][p][bold]_Bryan_[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]brynglas[/bold] wrote: Anyone who thinks anthropogenic climate change is not happening is deluding themselves; in Davies's case he's deluding others too. He was reported to have said recently when discussing climate change “I think it shows that the scientists don’t know what they are talking about." A very large number of eminent scientists have reached a consensus on what the climate data mean. Davies, whose education ended when he left Bassaleg comp at the tender age of 18 to later take up employment in Oz as a nightclub promoter, tobacco picker and ‘rickshaw driver’, disagrees. This man's hubris is breathtaking - don't be misled by him![/p][/quote]A large group of scientists with researcch grants to defend have decided what data they would like to present to support the pre-established viewpoint on global warming. The key thing about Global Warming is that the globe actually needs to warm up or by definition there is no Global Warming. Since that hasn't happened, there has been a subtle shift in terminology to "Climate change" which is much harder to pin down.[/p][/quote]@ _Bryan_ Extract from the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2013: "Observations of the climate system are based on direct measurements and remote sensing from satellites and other platforms. Global-scale observations from the instrumental era began in the mid-19th century for temperature and other variables, with more comprehensive and diverse sets of observations available for the period 1950 onwards. Paleoclimate reconstructions extend some records back hundreds to millions of years. Together, they provide a comprehensive view of the variability and long-term changes in the atmosphere, the ocean, the cryosphere, and the land surface. Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased." Please note: Warming of the climate system is UNEQUIVOCAL. brynglas
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