YOUR MP WRITES: Newport West MP, Paul Flynn

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

Since 1987 I thought it was my biggest mistake. In my first year as an MP I advised a sixth former at Bassaleg to take up politics and join a party. He did. The results were gruesome.

He grew up to be David Davies - the MP for Monmouth. It’s been hell to hear this shameless global warming denier call for feckless fathers to be forced into chain gangs. How could I get it so wrong?

Now a gleam of light. David has called for the Severn Bridges to be nationalised. Poetry. Sadly he missed the Roy Hughes Memorial debate because he was abroad. Parliament looks forward to his return to hear more of his battle cry demanding building socialism in our time.

Newport is overflowing with talent.

The one-man drama by Daniel Llewellyn-Williams left me reeling.

It’s a tour de force of writing and acting. The stars are Daniel, Newport and the extraordinary unique drama of the city’s tide.

The continuous thread running through the performance is the threat and thrill of the mighty Newport Usk Tide.

All Newportonians, worthy of the name, will take pride in this slice of our vivid history presented by talented writer/actor who is product of our fine schools.

Congratulations too to Beth Reeks named by Time Magazine as one of the 16 most influential teenagers in the world.

This places her alongside luminaries such as Justin Bieber and Malala Yousafzai. Beth is in enviable position of having a science vocation in physics.

This weekend Newport relished a feast of music in the Regional Festival for Music. The skills of youngsters are of the highest order – comparable to best in the UK. Righty we are proud of them and the schools that nurtured their talents.

Have Marks and Spencer got it in for Newport?

They wouldn’t budge on our pleas to stay in Newport city centre. They are deaf to the calls that they re-consider the contract that will rob Newport’s Avana of 650 jobs.

This will be a dreadful blow to the families involved. There is no gratitude for the years of service given to these ingrates by local people. The battle to save the jobs is not lost yet. But the prospects are not good.

Loathe the idea of Newport and Cardiff merging. What will it be called? Newdiff or Carport? In Welsh it’s worse Caer-newydd or Cas-dydd. That means nasty day. Be warned.

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4:23pm Mon 10 Mar 14

BassalegCountyFan says...

100% Agree with Paul Flynn, M and S actions and now silence over Avana is absolutely disgraceful and should be more widely publicised.

M and S claim to be some sort of national treasure (I now cringe at those Gary Barlow/Twiggy adverts of people larking around at a family picnic etc) when the reality is that they are completely motivated by greed, chosing to award a lucrative contract company who has been condemned within Oldham for their terrible attitude towards employeesm, over a workforce in Rogerstone that has been committed to producing high quality products for M and S since the 1960's (and the relationship between Avana Bakeries and M and S goes back even further).
100% Agree with Paul Flynn, M and S actions and now silence over Avana is absolutely disgraceful and should be more widely publicised. M and S claim to be some sort of national treasure (I now cringe at those Gary Barlow/Twiggy adverts of people larking around at a family picnic etc) when the reality is that they are completely motivated by greed, chosing to award a lucrative contract company who has been condemned within Oldham for their terrible attitude towards employeesm, over a workforce in Rogerstone that has been committed to producing high quality products for M and S since the 1960's (and the relationship between Avana Bakeries and M and S goes back even further). BassalegCountyFan
  • Score: -1

4:25pm Mon 10 Mar 14

BassalegCountyFan says...

100% Agree with Paul Flynn, M and S actions and now silence over Avana is absolutely disgraceful and should be more widely publicised.

M and S claim to be some sort of national treasure (I now cringe at those Gary Barlow/Twiggy adverts of people larking around at a family picnic etc) when the reality is that they are completely motivated by greed, chosing to award a lucrative contract to a company which has been condemned within Oldham for their terrible attitude towards employees (http://www.foodmanu
facture.co.uk/Busine
ss-News/Park-Cakes-r
ejects-union-s-baker
y-cheap-labour-claim
s) , over a workforce in Rogerstone that has been committed to producing high quality products for M and S since the 1960's (and the relationship between Avana Bakeries and M and S goes back even further).
100% Agree with Paul Flynn, M and S actions and now silence over Avana is absolutely disgraceful and should be more widely publicised. M and S claim to be some sort of national treasure (I now cringe at those Gary Barlow/Twiggy adverts of people larking around at a family picnic etc) when the reality is that they are completely motivated by greed, chosing to award a lucrative contract to a company which has been condemned within Oldham for their terrible attitude towards employees (http://www.foodmanu facture.co.uk/Busine ss-News/Park-Cakes-r ejects-union-s-baker y-cheap-labour-claim s) , over a workforce in Rogerstone that has been committed to producing high quality products for M and S since the 1960's (and the relationship between Avana Bakeries and M and S goes back even further). BassalegCountyFan
  • Score: -1

5:06pm Mon 10 Mar 14

siameselady says...

Why is Mr Flynn having a pop at David Davies?

I happen to agree with David Davies about climate change and think he is an excellent MP. I wish I lived in Monmouthshire rather than in Newport with a monkey as an MP voted in by blinkered idiots!
Why is Mr Flynn having a pop at David Davies? I happen to agree with David Davies about climate change and think he is an excellent MP. I wish I lived in Monmouthshire rather than in Newport with a monkey as an MP voted in by blinkered idiots! siameselady
  • Score: 15

5:38pm Mon 10 Mar 14

KarloMarko says...

David Davies thinks that Global Warming is caused by too many gay Bulgarian wrestlers working out. And then not showering.

He has a peer reviewed study... "Univ of Central Penarth, 2012."

Or maybe, from the end of the Pier.

Clowns, Circuses, Climate Deniers. ..what's not to like.
David Davies thinks that Global Warming is caused by too many gay Bulgarian wrestlers working out. And then not showering. He has a peer reviewed study... "Univ of Central Penarth, 2012." Or maybe, from the end of the Pier. Clowns, Circuses, Climate Deniers. ..what's not to like. KarloMarko
  • Score: -13

7:00pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Woodgnome says...

I would think David Davies, like many young men, listened to part of your guidance and ignored most of it. He decided he couldn't make any bigger hash of it if he joined the tories!!
I would think David Davies, like many young men, listened to part of your guidance and ignored most of it. He decided he couldn't make any bigger hash of it if he joined the tories!! Woodgnome
  • Score: 11

7:19pm Mon 10 Mar 14

scraptheWAG says...

david davis is a great MP he really is and by the way Paul why do you not get on you portly leaders case about the severn bridge tolls!!
david davis is a great MP he really is and by the way Paul why do you not get on you portly leaders case about the severn bridge tolls!! scraptheWAG
  • Score: 11

7:57pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Magor says...

Labour has had plenty of opportunity to do something about the Severn tolls.Why not make it a pledge for the election next year?If they win they will be in power in 2018 so can sort them out for good.
Labour has had plenty of opportunity to do something about the Severn tolls.Why not make it a pledge for the election next year?If they win they will be in power in 2018 so can sort them out for good. Magor
  • Score: 10

9:32pm Mon 10 Mar 14

scraptheWAG says...

no old flyn will not do that blame the coalition he really is a crap mp on every level , what has he EVER done for newport. Bring on the vote flyn my father voted flyn brigade
no old flyn will not do that blame the coalition he really is a crap mp on every level , what has he EVER done for newport. Bring on the vote flyn my father voted flyn brigade scraptheWAG
  • Score: 9

3:10am Tue 11 Mar 14

Spinflight says...

Why would he scrap the toll? £19034 buys a lot of journeys.

ukipnewport.com
Why would he scrap the toll? £19034 buys a lot of journeys. ukipnewport.com Spinflight
  • Score: 8

8:07am Tue 11 Mar 14

Llanmartinangel says...

BassalegCountyFan wrote:
100% Agree with Paul Flynn, M and S actions and now silence over Avana is absolutely disgraceful and should be more widely publicised.

M and S claim to be some sort of national treasure (I now cringe at those Gary Barlow/Twiggy adverts of people larking around at a family picnic etc) when the reality is that they are completely motivated by greed, chosing to award a lucrative contract to a company which has been condemned within Oldham for their terrible attitude towards employees (http://www.foodmanu

facture.co.uk/Busine

ss-News/Park-Cakes-r

ejects-union-s-baker

y-cheap-labour-claim

s) , over a workforce in Rogerstone that has been committed to producing high quality products for M and S since the 1960's (and the relationship between Avana Bakeries and M and S goes back even further).
That's a naive view I'm sorry. For a start M&S will have many hundreds of simultaneous contracts running with suppliers, on everything from food to comms, logistics, packaging etc. Expecting them to make detail on their decisions for every change public is plain daft. Needless to say they operate in a competive market against other retailers who are free to make similar decisions on cost and quality grounds. If you don't like M&S then, like everyone, you're free to shop elsewhere. But if you think there will be any materially different management processes in Waitrose, Tesco, or Aldi etc, then you are misguided. It's called business. The same people criticising M&S will be the same people who use price comparison sites. Ask yourself this : just how are some insurers cheaper than others? Cutting costs, that's how.
[quote][p][bold]BassalegCountyFan[/bold] wrote: 100% Agree with Paul Flynn, M and S actions and now silence over Avana is absolutely disgraceful and should be more widely publicised. M and S claim to be some sort of national treasure (I now cringe at those Gary Barlow/Twiggy adverts of people larking around at a family picnic etc) when the reality is that they are completely motivated by greed, chosing to award a lucrative contract to a company which has been condemned within Oldham for their terrible attitude towards employees (http://www.foodmanu facture.co.uk/Busine ss-News/Park-Cakes-r ejects-union-s-baker y-cheap-labour-claim s) , over a workforce in Rogerstone that has been committed to producing high quality products for M and S since the 1960's (and the relationship between Avana Bakeries and M and S goes back even further).[/p][/quote]That's a naive view I'm sorry. For a start M&S will have many hundreds of simultaneous contracts running with suppliers, on everything from food to comms, logistics, packaging etc. Expecting them to make detail on their decisions for every change public is plain daft. Needless to say they operate in a competive market against other retailers who are free to make similar decisions on cost and quality grounds. If you don't like M&S then, like everyone, you're free to shop elsewhere. But if you think there will be any materially different management processes in Waitrose, Tesco, or Aldi etc, then you are misguided. It's called business. The same people criticising M&S will be the same people who use price comparison sites. Ask yourself this : just how are some insurers cheaper than others? Cutting costs, that's how. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 8

8:16am Tue 11 Mar 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Hmm...personally I felt Paul's biggest mistake was to seemingly automatically associate Israeli with Jewish when he made the comment a few years back that British Jews should not be allowed to be appointed as ambassador to Israel because he felt they'd be biased towards Israel. Worse still he qualified this with saying that such posts should only go to people with 'British ancestry' therefore demonstrating the assumption that he does not consider his fellow Jewish countryfolk to be as authentically and equally British as he is. History has shown that this - combined with the outrageous and profoundly insulting, thoroughly shameful myth that Jews are not truly loyal to their respective countries - are two of the most extremely damaging lies that anti-semitism has historically propagated.
Hmm...personally I felt Paul's biggest mistake was to seemingly automatically associate Israeli with Jewish when he made the comment a few years back that British Jews should not be allowed to be appointed as ambassador to Israel because he felt they'd be biased towards Israel. Worse still he qualified this with saying that such posts should only go to people with 'British ancestry' therefore demonstrating the assumption that he does not consider his fellow Jewish countryfolk to be as authentically and equally British as he is. History has shown that this - combined with the outrageous and profoundly insulting, thoroughly shameful myth that Jews are not truly loyal to their respective countries - are two of the most extremely damaging lies that anti-semitism has historically propagated. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 1

9:39am Tue 11 Mar 14

blackandamber says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Hmm...personally I felt Paul's biggest mistake was to seemingly automatically associate Israeli with Jewish when he made the comment a few years back that British Jews should not be allowed to be appointed as ambassador to Israel because he felt they'd be biased towards Israel. Worse still he qualified this with saying that such posts should only go to people with 'British ancestry' therefore demonstrating the assumption that he does not consider his fellow Jewish countryfolk to be as authentically and equally British as he is. History has shown that this - combined with the outrageous and profoundly insulting, thoroughly shameful myth that Jews are not truly loyal to their respective countries - are two of the most extremely damaging lies that anti-semitism has historically propagated.
What has this post got to do with Dai Davies and M&S
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Hmm...personally I felt Paul's biggest mistake was to seemingly automatically associate Israeli with Jewish when he made the comment a few years back that British Jews should not be allowed to be appointed as ambassador to Israel because he felt they'd be biased towards Israel. Worse still he qualified this with saying that such posts should only go to people with 'British ancestry' therefore demonstrating the assumption that he does not consider his fellow Jewish countryfolk to be as authentically and equally British as he is. History has shown that this - combined with the outrageous and profoundly insulting, thoroughly shameful myth that Jews are not truly loyal to their respective countries - are two of the most extremely damaging lies that anti-semitism has historically propagated.[/p][/quote]What has this post got to do with Dai Davies and M&S blackandamber
  • Score: -1

12:45pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Spinflight says...

"are two of the most extremely damaging lies that anti-semitism has historically propagated."

Most notably by National Socialism ( Nazis). There is a really nasty undertone to our own 'One Nation' socialists of which Paul is a member. His rabid contempt for Mr Davies or anyone else who doesn't hold his racial views is apparent in his article above.
"are two of the most extremely damaging lies that anti-semitism has historically propagated." Most notably by National Socialism ( Nazis). There is a really nasty undertone to our own 'One Nation' socialists of which Paul is a member. His rabid contempt for Mr Davies or anyone else who doesn't hold his racial views is apparent in his article above. Spinflight
  • Score: 8

2:12pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Spinflight says...

"What has this post got to do with Dai Davies and M&S"

M+S was founded by a Jewish chap and has been the target for anti-semitic protestors ever since...

http://www.demotix.c
om/news/845165/prote
st-calling-boycott-m
arks-spencer-support
-palestine#media-845
083

Why would any business with Jewish connections invest in Newport given the well publicised attitudes of it's representatives?
"What has this post got to do with Dai Davies and M&S" M+S was founded by a Jewish chap and has been the target for anti-semitic protestors ever since... http://www.demotix.c om/news/845165/prote st-calling-boycott-m arks-spencer-support -palestine#media-845 083 Why would any business with Jewish connections invest in Newport given the well publicised attitudes of it's representatives? Spinflight
  • Score: 4

4:43pm Tue 11 Mar 14

whatintheworld says...

Spinflight wrote:
"are two of the most extremely damaging lies that anti-semitism has historically propagated." Most notably by National Socialism ( Nazis). There is a really nasty undertone to our own 'One Nation' socialists of which Paul is a member. His rabid contempt for Mr Davies or anyone else who doesn't hold his racial views is apparent in his article above.
lolwut
[quote][p][bold]Spinflight[/bold] wrote: "are two of the most extremely damaging lies that anti-semitism has historically propagated." Most notably by National Socialism ( Nazis). There is a really nasty undertone to our own 'One Nation' socialists of which Paul is a member. His rabid contempt for Mr Davies or anyone else who doesn't hold his racial views is apparent in his article above.[/p][/quote]lolwut whatintheworld
  • Score: -4

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