Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Zidane and Materazzi - rematch in Skewen?

It seems that a stooshie of World Cup proportions was narrowly missed at a recent meeting of Coedffranc Community Council. If one is to believe the Evening Post, a prominent member of the council offered to take another outside over a probably undemocratic co-option to fill a vacancy.

As a resident of Skewen, I was aware from news reports that a resignation was imminent. One naturally assumed that the resulting vacancy would be widely advertised, as was the much more publicised retirement of Glaslyn Morgan earlier this year. However, the next thing I knew (from the above-mentioned news report) was that a long-standing former member of the CC had been co-opted.

Keith Davies, being freed from his duties as Mayor of the County Borough, and thus able to play his full part in local affairs again, objected to this strengthening of the Labour caucus by stealth. This led to the alleged altercation.

Over the last year, there has been a distressing tendency on the part of the Labour councillors to play party politics on the community council. It is time for the voters of Coedffranc community to be given an opportunity to vote to strengthen the alternative voice on the council.

- Frank Little

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