Just a brief message to wish everyone a very happy and healthy new year.
When I first started writing this blog in March 2009 I didn't think I'd write more than a few posts, I thought it would dwindle away after a couple of months. How wrong I was....
In many ways, 2014 was the year when what I'd been saying for so long finally received official recognition. I'm referring of course to the pension and libel indemnity scandals and the toxic culture recognised in the WLGA governance report.
Personally I think there should have been mass resignations after the Wales Audit Office reports and at least two senior officials charged with misconduct in public office.
The months that followed showed shocking arrogance from Mr James and shocking ignorance and desperate weakness from the elected leadership.
After creating this unholy mess the chief executive himself will be moving on, all that remains to be decided is, unbelievably, the size of the golden handshake he's going to take with him - he's already got part of my home.
As for the WLGA report, as I said, the message was clear, there was a toxic culture and the council have been given six months to sort things out.
Many thanks to everyone who continues to read, comment and share this blog and to all who continue to support the ongoing effort to open up Carmarthenshire council.
I've listed a small selection of popular blogposts below (in chronological order) relating to the 2014 scandals. The year also saw plenty more tales from the county hall crypt including a parting shot from Roger, sermons from Mark James and the curious case of the allowable expenses....
Who knows what 2015 will bring?
Libel and Pension scandals - Auditor issues damning reports
MP calls in police to investigate Chief Executive's possible Misconduct in Public Office
Gloucestershire Police to investigate Carmarthenshire Council
Mark James goes on gardening leave
February's Extraordinary Council meeting
Libel Appeal dismissed - my statement
WLGA announce Carmarthenshire Governance Review
July meeting; libel indemnities and "more 'satire', than 'Eastenders''
Blogger will "fight to the bitter end"
Carmarthenshire Council governance "in disarray and not fit for purpose" - Sir David Lewis
Final Charging Order - and Mark James is off
WLGA report - Toxic culture recognised
Gloucestershire Police remain silent
|February 2014, police at County Hall (pic; Y Byd ar Bedwar)|
WISHING READERS ALL THE BEST FOR 2015
HAPPY NEW YEAR,
BLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDA I BAWB