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Lib Dem AM Mick Bates “cannot remember” punching paramedic

By Julian Harris
February 8th, 2010 at 1:41 pm | 1 Comment | Posted in Liberal Democrats, UK Politics

mickbatesOh dear – the Beeb is reporting that Mick Bates, Lib Dem AM for Montgomeryshire, is being accused of assaulting a paramedic who had been called to help him during a night out last month.

Bates was apparently kicked out of a restaurant, before allegedly verbally and physically assaulting the paramedic. He was then “kept under observation by security” at A&E.

LD head Kirsty Williams has seemingly claimed that he was knocked unconscious, a claim refuted by the paramedic. The relevance of this is that Mick Bates says he “cannot remember” what happened during the incident. It has previously been understood that he will stand down from the assembly next year (irrespective of these allegations).

The case continues.

Update: Steph Ashley got in there first, with her take on the incident (and timing of the report) over at Dib Lemming.

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Tipping one’s hat to the Welsh freedom fighters

By Julian Harris
May 28th, 2009 at 11:23 am | 1 Comment | Posted in UK Politics

croweAn excellent post on the excellently named Freedom Central this morning highlights the far-Left clique’s activities in Wales.

The LD blog reveals a TUC hustings to which Labour, Plaid and NO2EU candidates were invited – but none from other parties, including the LDs. The alleged reason for this is that other candidates were deemed “not representative of trade unions.”

As FC argues back: “Surely it is up to Union members to decide who is representative of them?”.

Indeed, but that’s really not the way these things work, is it? Nonetheless, FC’s comments are so pertinent and well articulated that I’m simply going to copy and paste the lot:

“I suppose that the Cardiff TUC leadership believe they know what is best for their members. These undemocratic dinosaurs shouldn’t be allowed to keep their grip on Trade Unionism. At least Welsh Lib Dem candidates got to spend their time out on the doorsteps meeting real people for the evening instead of taking part in a stage managed puppet show.”

Hear and, indeed, hear again.

I actually received literature from the somewhat crazed “No2EU” party t’other day. Was considering a blog on’t, but am not sure if it warrants the effort. Will mull this one over. I do wonder who’s funding that party, though. Did we ever find out if Unison have donated £100,000 to Labourlist?

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