Wednesday, 29 April 2009

How many billions?

Andrew Davies (the Labour one) has made somewhat of a slip-up - massively overestimating the future of the Welsh economy in a statement to AMs. Mr Davies (a possible candidate for the top job remember) mistook Alistair Darling's (the man with the best eyebrows in the business) budget to mean that the UK government has to find £9billion worth of efficient savings between 2011 - 2014. However what the budget ACTUALLY said was that efficiency savings would have to rise to £9billion PER YEAR by 2013-2014 - the difference is massive and has a big impact on Wales' settlement.

Perhaps it was a slip of the tongue (although it was a pre-prepared statement); perhaps he genuinely made a mistake, which happens to everyone. But it can't strike confidence into the heart of the Welsh populace to know that the man in charge of the Welsh purse isn't sure of his sums!

It also can't bode well for his leadership bid - if he still wants it; will 6 AMs still stick their neck out to support him after yesterday's events?

Who knows?

Dewi Un



Anonymous said...

But then figures are not his forte are they.he has no financial background.Wonder which adviser cock that up for him

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Doesn't say much for the incompetent Welsh Civil Service either does it.