Time’s a funny thing

So .. I know this blog isn’t as widely read as I would like (still working on that) but I know the last post I published was read by quite a few peeps from a certain audience – close friends etc, mainly because it was about my new daughter.

So this is 6 months on from the birth of my daughter and I’ve come to another realisation. This is going to really change science and physics as we know it so strap in.

I reckon that, based on my experience of the last 6 months, that time passes differently when you’ve got a small child.

Revolutionary I know.

For example, tasks that you think wouldn’t take very long seem to take ages and activities or noises, games etc that you feel you’ve been doing/playing for an hour have only lasted 3 minutes. Furthermore time passes differently even when you aren’t doing these things – I’m woken up by my daughter (over Christmas, so not at work), change of nappy, breakfast, get her dressed, play with her toys .. I suddenly realise its nearly time for her mid-morning nap and I’m not even dressed, then she falls asleep, wakes up, its time for her lunch and ours and then by the time the washing up is done and she’s played a bit, then its time for another nap, then she wakes and its tea time, and its bath and then bed and all of a sudden, its half 7!


Now for those readers without children I’m sure this won’t mean anything and for those      experienced parents they may be saying to themselves, “well yes, that’s what happens”, but for me, especially over Christmas,  this revelation about the passage of time was news to me (suppose it would be considering the definition of revelation ..)

But another thought struck me at the same time as this one about time. What I also realised is that, even though it takes ages to do bottles, prep and wash and sterilise and ages doing nappies and stuffing them and sorting out clothes and tidying away toys and cleaning up etc etc etc, absolutely none of that matters to me – at all. The passage of time in this way does not bother me at all – because it is time for and with my daughter and even though I get tired playing peekaboo for what feels like 4 hours and actually has only been 4 minutes, none of that matters.


None of that matters to me in anyway because I’m lucky enough to be spending time with my daughter and so even though all the things feel like they take ages – I really don’t care one bit.


i’m a lefty afterall

phew. according to the brilliant people at the political compass test website, i am somewhat of a social and economic lefty / liberal. 

Economy - horizontal // Social - vertical

pretty accurate i would have thought!

is the manifesto dead?

so currently we have a UK Government which is operating from a “manifesto” style document on which neither of the constituent parties ran.

in wales we have / had a Welsh Assembly Government which has been operating under a “manifesto” style document on which neither of the constituent parties ran.

(i’m not going to start on that whole thing about whether the UK Government has a mandate for cuts – mainly because i’m not a militant trade unionist and mainly because i think that the government we have at the moment is the one that best reflects the mood of the country at the time of the election – although how with the most unpopular Labour government in recent memory the Tories managed to not win a majority is beyond me – moving on … )

now i know that both of these documents include some parts and elements from all the different parties involved in the negotiations, however the creation of a coalition document does raise the question as to the validity of the manifesto – especially in Wales where the electoral system tends towards coalitions (i am happy to be proved wrong on this in may however) – and especially when the UK could be moving towards a system that is more representative and therefore could result in more coalition governments in the future.

the question is – what’s the point of a manifesto? i mean i know that it helps candidates on the doorstep to say, “look, i’ll be fighting for this”, however in the UK General Election, those people who voted Conservative or Liberal Democrat are now i imagine deeply disappointed that the people they voted for are working in government on a document that they didn’t vote for. i know that there are elements of both parties’ pledges in the coalition agreement however it does somewhat render the original party manifestos useless – apart from it gives backbenchers something to complain about.

moving to wales in this regard, we obviously see the influence of both Plaid Cymru and Welsh Labour in the One Wales agreement and they have worked under that agreement for the last four years, however no AM stood on a platform with that document and said, “this is what i am for, look it says so here”. and there are some things in that document that will have been favoured by particular parts of the parties and not liked by others. so what does this hold for the next Welsh Assembly Government.

i’m going to stick my neck out here somewhat and say that (its not a radical suggestion), that there will be a coalition government in Wales after May 5th. shocking revelation i know. i think it somewhat unlikely that Labour will get into the realms of 33 or 34 seats and so they’ll need to be propped up – likely by Plaid. i think that the UK Government pretty much rules out working with Nick B or Kirsty W frankly. (again happy to be proved wrong). so, a coalition government in Wales, needing a new manifesto / coalition agreement. a document that will in all likelihood be thrashed out in a closed room, away from prying eyes, without the buy-in from the majority of the electorate (save those who are party members – they might have some influence). and then emerging blinking from the darkened room the new coalition Welsh Assembly Government appears with a new document on things that they are going to do for the next five years.

what will be in it? who will have got what? what will have made the cut and what will have been resigned to the cutting room floor?

all i’m saying is that whatever it is, i’m pretty certain that no-one in wales will have voted for that document when its agreed upon.

see also previous post on what Labour can offer Plaid in a negotiation …