Carwyn Reshuffles His Cabinet

16 Sep

Carwyn Jones recently announced his latest cabinet reshuffle. Not sure if you’ve heard about it or if it might interest you. But the only reason that I’m posting this is that I’ve actually been taken to task by email and by phone for not giving the news of the new Minister for Natural Resources Carl Sargeant AM and the Deputy Minister for Farming and Food Rebecca Evans AM. Edwina Hart AM remains as Minister for Economy, Science and Transport.

Whether these AMs will actually ‘listen’ to those involved in Welsh food and drink at all levels, of course remains to be seen, my suggestion is as always though, don’t hold your breath.

I’m rather puzzled why I should be ticked off for not posting this news, but I have my reasons for not doing so. The first is lack of time and that fact that I’m not paid to be a spokesperson or post for the Welsh Government – bearing in mind wag haven’t bothered to send me a press release about this. But as wag have now decreed I’m no longer considered by them to be a journalist I don’t expect anything from them. I’m now told if I wish to know anything I should go onto their website. As if! Secondly this is my food blog. It’s not classed as an official part of Welsh Country magazine, although I’m happy to have a regular banner advert in each issue!!! But when Ian is selling to potential Best of Welsh & Borders, (BOW) producers, he doesn’t sell welshfoodbites as not part of the package. Of course it’s mentioned – often by the potential BOW producer – as welshfoodbites still remains a huge talking point. Thirdly and something that I have to consider constantly, is that welshfoodbites is not, and has never has been funded, unlike many other Welsh food websites, and no doubt still are. That’s despite the fact that our website stats are excellent, but government paymasters/funders seemingly don’t take this into consideration, for some reason not classing web stats as relevant which is what I was told when fork2fork got further funding and an extension.  Welshfoodbites is proof, if proof were still needed, that there is a need in the Welsh food world for a website that informs and keeps producers in the food loop. Something wag food continue to fail to do. I also believe having the opportunity to be able to leave opinions on welshfoodbites, knowing that any personal details will be kept confidential, is important . After the constant battering I’ve been getting and I can understand that very few producers are happy to raise their heads above the parapet, so confidentiality is something I was determined I could promise to my welshfoodbites following.

There was one amusing fact though with those that have taken me to task, although they are all regular visitors, none of them ever leave a comment……………………………………………..



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  1. BOW producer

    September 16, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Bit cheeky moaning at you for not posting Carwyn’s latest best friends list.
    My take is it’s a massive bonus having this site and I am a regular visitor and comment leaver. .
    We are lucky you email us any food news, but I like to get other people’s thoughts on what’s happening.
    I’m not putting my company up here as I’ve enough problems with grants from wag.
    It’s not fair that you run a popular, useful site but can’t get funded. It’s also not fair that you are targeted and lambasted for being our messenger by the wag bully boys and now Abergavenny. I hope that refusing you press tickets, cost of £20 – £16 makes them self- funding next year. But it wont. You are just taking the backlash for highlighting they never made 75% Welsh food stands.

    My question to wag food is who is going to check this weekend that they’ve achieved 75%? I guess no-one will and I am certain they will cheat the system again.
    This is disgraceful wag and I think you should be ashamed.

  2. Parrot

    September 16, 2014 at 11:53 am

    The fact is we’ve not applied for funding for welshfoodbites
    we decided that with the content wag food are not likely to donate to us!!!
    Love top know which member of the wag food team is going to Abergavenny this weekend and doing the horrendous job of counting food stands!!! But agree with you that no-one will do that job. Unless Wavehill have been given that job to do as well as evaluate.


    September 16, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    I agree with last comment – whoever it is, does make sense.
    Wag are not going to pay you a penny for doing part of their job for them.
    I want this site to continue because it puts the news out there of what a poor job wag food are doing for producers.
    I still think we’d do better with a union- we have no voice as things are only a dept paying lip service to us. As if we are silly enough to believe them.

  4. foodie

    September 18, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Sadly Mr Jones has much depth of talented people to choose a cabinet from.
    And there are few that seem very pro Welsh food – they pay lip service as is always said on here, but little action and micro producers are always neglected. You can still achieve growth if you have the time to listen to what micro producers need. Many could employ another person or two if solid help and support was available. Again as Kath has said many times there’s no ribbon cutting and no sound bites.
    We deserve a better government and a much more focused food department. My take on this is that they are not fit for purpose but we are stuck with them. I too would like a union.

  5. Beefie

    September 18, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Not sure I’d be ok with him shuffling a pack of cards let alone running Wales but agree he’s not got much talent to choose from.

  6. trader

    September 23, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Hard to shuffle when you haven’t a full set of cards to play with. You nearly have to feel sorry for Mr Jones.

  7. trader

    September 29, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    All Carwyn’s got to shuffle is a pack of jokers. It’s as simple as that.