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Betsan Powys | 15:16 UK time, Wednesday, 17 December 2008

iPod-gate is what the Western Mail is now calling the furious response to the Welsh Conservative leader's expense claim and while they're at it, they're calling on Nick Bourne to go.

So what are sources close to Mr Bourne calling the Mail story? Nothing new.

But those same sources say that Mr Bourne has made a donation of £250 - pretty much the cost of the iPod paid for by the public purse - to the NSPCC.

It's a recognition of the response to his expense claim and will no doubt be welcomed by one his favoured charities.

So where does this leave Alun Cairns AM following his leader. Despite being a fluent Welsh-speaker, and no need to learn the language, he too claimed for an iPod.

Which means he too is having to play what we'll dub the iPod shuffle.

He's giving £200 to the Help the Heroes charity.

Is this the end of the matter for now? Sources say there will be no response to the Western Mail's call for his resignation.

As one put it - they could hardly call for him tomorrow. Can they?


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