CLAIMS made by an Assembly Government civil servant raise serious concerns about the running of the Department responsible for the Welsh economy, according to the Conservatives.
In a letter to the Western Mail, the whistle-blower lists a series of alleged shortcomings, claiming they illustrate how the Department for Economy and Transport is letting Wales down, and which include:
...there are still 9 points made there, almost all of which should have been quite easy to refute with clear evidence to the contrary by the Department of Economy and Transport.
For example, if someone had alleged this:
ministers’ decision to reject connecting with the highly praised Business Link and Direct Gov websites, helping millions of individuals and businesses elsewhere in the UK, on the grounds that they are "too English*" and would make the millions of pounds invested in WAG’s site look embarrassing;
...then (you would have thought) it should have been a relatively straightforward matter of producing the sound business reasons why they didn't connect with Business Link and Direct Gov.
An (anonymous) Assembly Government spokesman would not respond on a point-by-point basis to the allegations, and made the (unsubstantiated) claim that:
"This is merely a list of unsubstantiated and spurious claims from an anonymous individual claiming to work for the Department for Economy and Transport."
That's me certainly convinced anyway.
*My emphasis. What does a "too English" website look like anyway, I wonder?