Wow! Looks as if I'm in for a rough time - and at the hands of a lady too. She's certainly ripped into Lembit Opik like a Caribbean tornado. Time to stand back. Heledd Fychan is in the building. According to this week's edition of the Montgomeryshire County Times, our local weekly newspaper, Plaid Cymru's candidate in the coming General Election is Heledd. You'll find her on my blogroll. Actually, she tells me that its not official yet - but I did predict that it might be she a few weeks ago. She might be my opposition - but she's a Llanbrynmair girl. So she can't be all bad.
Anyway, back to today's article in the County Times. Heledd has sunk her teeth deep into Lembit's neck, and may well have hit the jugular. It does make me feel like a floppy wimp. Several people have raised the issue with me, but I've let it go. Didn't want to seem too harsh I suppose. The implication of this article is that Lembit Opik has been benefiting financially from using his position as an MP to support the Segway Personal Transporter. Not so much 'Cash for Questions' as 'Early Day Motions for a Segway discount.
I don't suppose Lembit needs any advice from me, but I reckon his best course is to be entirely open about any benefits he's received. And its not good enough just stating in the Register of Member's Interests that he was loaned a Segway Personal Transporter , and then purchased it at a 'preferential rate'. We know that a Segway costs around £4,500, and people want to know what he paid for it. That could mean anything fro £1 to £4499. And they also want to know of any other costs the Segway people might have covered. I don't suppose people will be that bothered if he has benefited, but they will be big-time bothered if he doesn't tell them, and it leaks out. Get in first Lembit. So far, his response has been to lay into Heledd Fychan, accusing her of being anti-green - which sounds divertingly ridiculous. Anyway, I've taken note. Heledd Fychan seems not to be one to mess with. Better be careful. She sounds like one tough lady to me.