Residents in Rhondda Cynon Taff are having a pretty tough time of it at the moment. What with the Council Tax hike of 4.5%, increases in charges for Council services, cutbacks in provision of nursery education, libraries, meals on wheels and so on.
Our education system was rated by Estyn as merely "Adequate." Continued pressure is being put on schools and staff and morale nose-diving as a result of policies put in place by the current and former Welsh Labour Education Ministers, in particular Leighton Andrews. Attendance is low and results not as good as anyone would like. Our pupils are being failed by the system.
The Health Service in Wales is a mess - with lengthy waiting times, recent doubts cast on the quality of cardiac services, and the confusion over the South Wales Programme and hospital reorganisation. RCT ambulance waiting times are continuously at the bottom of a league table where even the best is nowhere near good enough.
Plenty not only for residents but also for local politicians to get to grips with then, and that is before we even mention the wider issues of unemployment and benefits.
It is with a high degree of incredulity then that I saw Rhondda's Labour AM Leighton Andrews getting into such a stew over remarks made by the owner of Cardiff City Football Club. Not only did he appear in the press expressing his outrage because Vincent Tan inadvertently referred to Cardiff as a town not a city, but he has put forward an Assembly "Statement of Opinion" on the matter.
The Statement reads "The National Assembly for Wales regrets the insult to the capital city of Wales on the eve of our national day by the majority shareholder in Cardiff City football club, and calls on him to apologise."
How on earth can Mr Andrews defend the use of staff time and Assembly resources on this? His support of the club is well known, but I am sure his constituents would prefer he used his political muscle for other purposes.
Campaign Manager RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats