Think first

I READ with bemusement the attempt (SW Argus, January 9) by Labour councillor Nigel Dix to blame the former Plaid Cymru administration in Caerphilly for the pay scandal crisis which engulfed the county borough council soon after Labour took control in May, 2012. The party was clearly unprepared for the responsibility.

Councillor Dix was also clearly unprepared. Readers may recall that he is the councillor who recently called the Islwyn Labour AM and a fellow Labour councillor a joke in an email. He is an embarrassment to his own party members and really should think before rushing to the media with such drivel, a lame attempt to divert attention from his own party`s failure.

Huw Jackson Watford Road Caerffili

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1:46pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Thinking heads says...

Yes ?
I think he has amnesia from a blow of power or he thinks we dont note what is said in these columns.
Or in other papers.
Maybe he is the wild card all party's have got them ?
Seed from the chaff comes to mind.
Yes ? I think he has amnesia from a blow of power or he thinks we dont note what is said in these columns. Or in other papers. Maybe he is the wild card all party's have got them ? Seed from the chaff comes to mind. Thinking heads
  • Score: 4

3:46pm Tue 21 Jan 14

pwlldu says...

Cllr Dix is Labour's loose cannon, that fires before putting his brain in gear. Promising supermarkets for Blackwood just to get elected and bad mouthing various members of his party.
Cllr Dix is Labour's loose cannon, that fires before putting his brain in gear. Promising supermarkets for Blackwood just to get elected and bad mouthing various members of his party. pwlldu
  • Score: 7

10:00am Wed 22 Jan 14

Bobevans says...

UKIP has picked a former Labour supporter to contest the Wythenshawe by election

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UKIP has picked a former Labour supporter to contest the Wythenshawe by election http://www.thetimes. co.uk/tto/news/polit ics/article3982624.e ce Bobevans
  • Score: -5

7:31pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Nig says...

its clear that the Rot set in under Plaid , who were in power but not control , Cllr Mann is the Man who knew nothing about the Icelandic millions and nothing about the car loans, says it all really, he is our very own Manuel as he know nothing !!!
see findings from the audit report.
The pace of change and a combination of a number of weaknesses inevitably led to governance failings
8. The tone at the top of the organisation changed with the appointment of a new Chief Executive in September 2010. The Council became more action oriented with a greater risk appetite and pressure for an increased pace of working. There was increased pressure to raise the profile of the Caerphilly area and to promote the achievements of the Council. The changes introduced by the new Chief Executive had an impact on the capacity of the Senior Management Team.
9. Key governance arrangements were not reviewed or changed to reflect the change in tone at the top of the organisation and the increased operating pace. The potential for conflicts of interest inherent in the new structures were not considered and key statutory officer roles did not have sufficient profile or influence.
10. A number of decisions were taken by the Council which did not follow appropriate governance procedures. There were also weaknesses in the preparation of business cases to support decisions and in the transparency and comprehensiveness of reports prepared to support decisions.
11. Weaknesses in the Council’s internal challenge functions were present throughout this time. In particular, its risk management arrangements were weak, the Internal Audit service was not used effectively, scrutiny arrangements were not sufficiently effective and there were weaknesses in performance management arrangements. This increased the risk that governance failures would not be prevented or detected.
12. There continues to be some uncertainty amongst officers as to when to consult members and when officers can make decisions. The Council’s constitution still lacks clarity over decision-making processes. Whilst training is taking place on report writing, the Council has not yet embedded a cultural shift that ensures that transparency, comprehensiveness and balance of reports is maintained over time
its clear that the Rot set in under Plaid , who were in power but not control , Cllr Mann is the Man who knew nothing about the Icelandic millions and nothing about the car loans, says it all really, he is our very own Manuel as he know nothing !!! see findings from the audit report. The pace of change and a combination of a number of weaknesses inevitably led to governance failings 8. The tone at the top of the organisation changed with the appointment of a new Chief Executive in September 2010. The Council became more action oriented with a greater risk appetite and pressure for an increased pace of working. There was increased pressure to raise the profile of the Caerphilly area and to promote the achievements of the Council. The changes introduced by the new Chief Executive had an impact on the capacity of the Senior Management Team. 9. Key governance arrangements were not reviewed or changed to reflect the change in tone at the top of the organisation and the increased operating pace. The potential for conflicts of interest inherent in the new structures were not considered and key statutory officer roles did not have sufficient profile or influence. 10. A number of decisions were taken by the Council which did not follow appropriate governance procedures. There were also weaknesses in the preparation of business cases to support decisions and in the transparency and comprehensiveness of reports prepared to support decisions. 11. Weaknesses in the Council’s internal challenge functions were present throughout this time. In particular, its risk management arrangements were weak, the Internal Audit service was not used effectively, scrutiny arrangements were not sufficiently effective and there were weaknesses in performance management arrangements. This increased the risk that governance failures would not be prevented or detected. 12. There continues to be some uncertainty amongst officers as to when to consult members and when officers can make decisions. The Council’s constitution still lacks clarity over decision-making processes. Whilst training is taking place on report writing, the Council has not yet embedded a cultural shift that ensures that transparency, comprehensiveness and balance of reports is maintained over time Nig
  • Score: -1

7:35pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Nig says...

pwlldu wrote:
Cllr Dix is Labour's loose cannon, that fires before putting his brain in gear. Promising supermarkets for Blackwood just to get elected and bad mouthing various members of his party.
keep an eye on the retail park jobs are on the way , try and put your brain in gear before opening your mouth
[quote][p][bold]pwlldu[/bold] wrote: Cllr Dix is Labour's loose cannon, that fires before putting his brain in gear. Promising supermarkets for Blackwood just to get elected and bad mouthing various members of his party.[/p][/quote]keep an eye on the retail park jobs are on the way , try and put your brain in gear before opening your mouth Nig
  • Score: -3

7:36pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Nig says...

Thinking heads wrote:
Yes ?
I think he has amnesia from a blow of power or he thinks we dont note what is said in these columns.
Or in other papers.
Maybe he is the wild card all party's have got them ?
Seed from the chaff comes to mind.
oh you are brave
[quote][p][bold]Thinking heads[/bold] wrote: Yes ? I think he has amnesia from a blow of power or he thinks we dont note what is said in these columns. Or in other papers. Maybe he is the wild card all party's have got them ? Seed from the chaff comes to mind.[/p][/quote]oh you are brave Nig
  • Score: -3

8:13am Fri 24 Jan 14

pwlldu says...

Labour councillor Nigel Dix's 'joke' about AM Gwyn Price was inadvertently forwarded to every member of staff in the authority’s education department. A Labour councillor is under investigation by his party after he sent an e-mail describing his local AM as “a joke”.

Nigel Dix, who represents Blackwood on Caerphilly council, made the comment about Islwyn AM Gwyn Price in a message to a friend that he inadvertently forwarded to Mr Price’s researcher and to every member of staff in the authority’s education department.

In the same e-mail he also described fellow councillor Gez Kirby, chief whip of the controlling Labour group on Caerphilly council, as a joke. Also shared a platform the right wing people as a member of the no campaign. As Morrison made a loss, I can't see any new stores being built.
Labour councillor Nigel Dix's 'joke' about AM Gwyn Price was inadvertently forwarded to every member of staff in the authority’s education department. A Labour councillor is under investigation by his party after he sent an e-mail describing his local AM as “a joke”. Nigel Dix, who represents Blackwood on Caerphilly council, made the comment about Islwyn AM Gwyn Price in a message to a friend that he inadvertently forwarded to Mr Price’s researcher and to every member of staff in the authority’s education department. In the same e-mail he also described fellow councillor Gez Kirby, chief whip of the controlling Labour group on Caerphilly council, as a joke. Also shared a platform the right wing people as a member of the no campaign. As Morrison made a loss, I can't see any new stores being built. pwlldu
  • Score: 2

8:17am Fri 24 Jan 14

pwlldu says...

Who gave the pay rises to the top council officials, why Labour councillors. Not Dix because he is on the edge of his party. What leading cabinet role have Dix got.
Who gave the pay rises to the top council officials, why Labour councillors. Not Dix because he is on the edge of his party. What leading cabinet role have Dix got. pwlldu
  • Score: 0

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