Welsh Secretary walks and talks

Welsh Secretary David Jones The Welsh Secretary braves the cold to enjoy a brisk morning walk

A postscript to last week's "Jones the Jag" affair. Last week I speculated that after the media coverage generated by his chauffeur-driven 100m dash, Welsh Secretary David Jones might travel to this week's cabinet meeting on foot.

But nothing is certain in this life. At 8 o'clock this morning a familiar Jaguar was parked in the middle of Whitehall opposite the entrance to the Wales Office. Around 45 minutes later, the Jaguar was driven away with no ministerial passenger to be seen.

Fifteen minutes after that, a minister familiar to readers of the UK's best-selling newspapers emerged from Gwydyr House - on foot. Carrying a red A4 file, David Jones made his way along Whitehall, stopping for a chat (in Welsh) with a BBC colleague.

"I'm walking today," he told her. "I go in the car from time to time." Mr Jones assured my colleague that if she wanted a chat she was welcome to come out of the cold into the office.

The charm offensive continued outside the gates to Downing Street, where the minister bumped into the photographer behind last week's pictures, Steve Back, and offered him a warm handshake.

It's debatable which of them is more in the other's debt: David Jones for helping Mr Back's retirement fund or Steve Back for giving Mr Jones's UK-wide profile something of a boost.

The secretary of state's profile may, however, take a dip over the next 40 days as he has decided to give up twitter for Lent.

Fortunately, his deputy Stephen Crabb is still tweeting, despite nursing a spectacular black eye incurred while playing rugby for Lords and Commons ministers against an Irish parliament team at the weekend. I'm sure the clash was accidental but you can't be too careful with these politicians.

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    Comment number 15.

    Your #13 Boxer. Bulls-eye. And from the ranks of the resident Anglophobes, answer is there none.
    They would rather wallow in specious perceptions, like the dubious Welsh language survey, rather than face up to the unpalatable reality that you mentioned.
    #14 Alf. Pathetic

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    Comment number 14.

    Boxer your social Contacts. Who are they then the boys down the Pub after a few pints and the conversation being led by you. I think perhaps they might just be appeasing you. Oh, just agree with him boys to shut him up.

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    Comment number 13.

    #9 'less than 1 in 3 thought Welsh-speakers had an unfair advantage'
    But had they seen the latest bizarre proposals - actually demands - from the Welsh Language Commisar that the ability to speak Welsh should be given much higher significance in propmotion in all sectors in Wales ? Do you really think that the manager of Cardiff Buses needs to speak Welsh ? If so, why ?

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    Comment number 12.

    ... and who said "Government is like a baby: a huge appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other."

    ... applies to all levels of government at some time in its tenure !

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    Comment number 11.

    SE has seen the greatest increase Boxer. Your Contacts? This is an extensive survey. as you are always quoting Stats.
    Also what is your attitude to more money being spent on Academies in England at the expense of ordinary schools


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