Wednesday, May 26, 2010


No, I didn't write Leighton Andrews' speech last night but if I had, it wouldn't have been too different to that delivered at Cardiff University.

Politically, Leighton and I have major differences on a range of issues but on this one, we agree completely.

As someone who has fought against the system throughout his career to try and do something innovative and enterprising within the university sector in Wales, I have nothing but admiration for a man who can make the statement that

"those running Wales’ universities are an out of touch elite whose poor leadership is hampering attempts to improve the country’s prosperity".

The touchpaper has been lit.

One can only hope, if the Minister, as the Mexicans would say, the cojones to drive through reforms that finally see the development of a Welsh university sector that puts Wales, and the Welsh economy, first.