The reverberations will be felt over in Carmarthen where Kevin Madge (Lab) will have to decide any day now which way to jump over the chief executive's application for a 6-figure severance package.
Unlike Jamie Adams, who decided that sacrificing Bryn was the best way to protect his own job, Kevin Madge has stood resolutely by Mark James.
Here is an extract from the minutes of this month's council meeting, with Kev justifying his decision to defend Mark James from the evil Wales Audit Office.
6.7. QUESTION BY COUNCILLOR ELWYN WILLIAMS TO LEADER OF THE COUNCIL, COUNCILLOR KEVIN MADGE.
- In view of the Leader’s previous
admission that over £28,000 was spent on legal advice to try to justify
the “unlawful” expenditure on the Chief Executive’s tax avoidance scheme
and his libel action indemnity, does the Leader think that this was
taxpayers' money well spent – and if so, why?
Response by Councillor Kevin Madge, Leader of the Council:-
At the time, we needed independent legal advice and I am satisfied that the expenditure was both reasonable and necessary.