Following on from the blog responding to Carl Sargeant's and Welsh Government's totally misleading Press release on Train Services in North Wales, I have sent the following letters to the Daily Post and the Leader:
Your report , "Wrexham and Flint express service," Post, May 25th, paints a rather inaccurate picture of what the reality of train services in North Wales is. This development does not enhance services in any shape or form; in fact it is a backward step where Holyhead to Cardiff services are being reduced from two services a day to one. Also misleading is the Minister's claim that the new service will stop in Wrexham, when in fact the Holyhead to Cardiff service has stopped in Wrexham since March 2011.
The Welsh Government's press release on this cut to services is pure spin released in the hope that the people of North Wales would be absorbed by the Jubilee and the Olympic Flame not to notice this blatant manipulation of the news.
Your headline, "At last! Cardiff service to stop in Wrexham" on the front page of the Leader on May 25th, is frankly wrong! The Holyhead to Cardiff train has stopped in Wrexham since March 2011. You then compound your error by describing on Page 6, what is a cut in service as an improvement. In fact the £500,000 saving is being made by reducing the Holyhead to Cardiff service from twice daily to one service a day.
Perhaps the media in Wales should reconsider their stance that everything the Welsh Government pumps out is not in fact accurate, they are as capable of spinning bad news as their colleagues in Downing Street are.
Both papers unquestioningly churned out a copy and paste of the press release from Welsh Government, we deserve a better, more inquisitive journalism than this.
We shall see if the papers actually publish these critical letters; personally I think not which is why I've decided to publish them on the blog.