ARGUS COMMENT: Is this double standards from the First Minister?

ARGUS COMMENT: Is this double standards from the First Minister?

ARGUS COMMENT: Is this double standards from the First Minister?

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THE decision by First Minister Carwyn Jones to take no further action after one of his ministers, Blaenau Gwent AM Alun Davies, broke the National Assembly's ministerial code raises more questions than it answers.

Above all, Mr Jones stands accused of double standards for standing by Mr Davies despite his former education minister Leighton Andrews resigning in the wake of a similar offence.

Mr Jones says the two cases are totally different but many people will be puzzled by his decision.

Mr Andrews quit last year after breaking the ministerial code by campaigning to save a school in his constituency from closure against his own government's policy.

Mr Jones accepted his resignation and said this: "I recognise very well that there is sometimes tension between the role of a government minister and the demands of a constituency assembly member. The ministerial code aims to define the boundaries between the two roles and, on this occasion, I believe those roles were confused."

Natural resources minister Mr Davies, meanwhile, said yesterday he "did not exercise sufficient care to maintain a clear perception of false separation of my ministerial role and my role as a constituency Assembly member" when he lobbied Natural Resources Wales to back the planned Circuit of Wales in Ebbw Vale.

Perhaps we are cynical, but then only difference we can see between the two offences is Mr Davies did not embarrass his party by going against its policies.

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10:41am Wed 2 Jul 14

KarloMarko says...

You are STILL expecting integrity from that outfit? What was supposed to be the dawn of a new devolved democracy has become a freemasonry for third rate politcians and their families. It's self regard is only eclipsed by its failures. Don't get fooled again.
You are STILL expecting integrity from that outfit? What was supposed to be the dawn of a new devolved democracy has become a freemasonry for third rate politcians and their families. It's self regard is only eclipsed by its failures. Don't get fooled again. KarloMarko
  • Score: 8

10:54am Wed 2 Jul 14

theviking666 says...

Is this double standards from the First Minister, any standards would be a improvement
Is this double standards from the First Minister, any standards would be a improvement theviking666
  • Score: 8

12:06pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Aquarius says...

Yes, I've come to realise what a rotten, cynical little lot Carwyn and his gang really are. I've no love for the Tories or Lib Dems. But the crowd currently in charge are just as bad.

I'd be very surprised if they didn't have to put up quite a fight to stay in power at the next elections in Wales.
Yes, I've come to realise what a rotten, cynical little lot Carwyn and his gang really are. I've no love for the Tories or Lib Dems. But the crowd currently in charge are just as bad. I'd be very surprised if they didn't have to put up quite a fight to stay in power at the next elections in Wales. Aquarius
  • Score: 4

1:19pm Wed 2 Jul 14

landyman3030 says...

Aquarius wrote:
Yes, I've come to realise what a rotten, cynical little lot Carwyn and his gang really are. I've no love for the Tories or Lib Dems. But the crowd currently in charge are just as bad.

I'd be very surprised if they didn't have to put up quite a fight to stay in power at the next elections in Wales.
You've got to love the fact that nobody needs to prove that the WAG are in it for themselves and two faced. They show it up so well themselves.
Nigel Farage stood with his back to the EU leaders in protest when they played the EU anthem for about 5 minutes yesterday.
Carwyn has had his back turned to Wales, the Welsh people and the NHS for over a decade.
When the European elections were on recently, i couldn't believe the colour purple was so prevalent when driving through the valleys. Red was hardly seen.
I think Carwyn and the Crazy gang are busy doing themselves out of a job. Carry on please. I'll speak to you with my purple vote next year.
[quote][p][bold]Aquarius[/bold] wrote: Yes, I've come to realise what a rotten, cynical little lot Carwyn and his gang really are. I've no love for the Tories or Lib Dems. But the crowd currently in charge are just as bad. I'd be very surprised if they didn't have to put up quite a fight to stay in power at the next elections in Wales.[/p][/quote]You've got to love the fact that nobody needs to prove that the WAG are in it for themselves and two faced. They show it up so well themselves. Nigel Farage stood with his back to the EU leaders in protest when they played the EU anthem for about 5 minutes yesterday. Carwyn has had his back turned to Wales, the Welsh people and the NHS for over a decade. When the European elections were on recently, i couldn't believe the colour purple was so prevalent when driving through the valleys. Red was hardly seen. I think Carwyn and the Crazy gang are busy doing themselves out of a job. Carry on please. I'll speak to you with my purple vote next year. landyman3030
  • Score: 3

1:33pm Wed 2 Jul 14

paddyparry says...

They tell us that they only do what's best for Wales; that they are honest and hard working people. They say that they represent the guy on the street but don't listen to what they're told. I won't vote for them, or UKIP, but change has to come soon. All the main parties are playing into the hands of UKIP and the last thing we wnat is them in power but it does make you wonder if they could do any worse.
They tell us that they only do what's best for Wales; that they are honest and hard working people. They say that they represent the guy on the street but don't listen to what they're told. I won't vote for them, or UKIP, but change has to come soon. All the main parties are playing into the hands of UKIP and the last thing we wnat is them in power but it does make you wonder if they could do any worse. paddyparry
  • Score: 0

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