There's an old legal aphorism that goes:
"If you have the facts on your side, pound the facts. If you have the law on your side, pound the law. If you have neither on your side, pound the table."
To that we can now add 'And if you have a race card to play, play it, sistah!'
I didn't need to watch very long, as Quiet Man pointed out:
A Swansea-based charity under investigation for misuse of public funds is facing racially motivated criticism, in the opinion of its chairwoman.Well, of course it is. What else could it possibly be..?
She said: "It has become increasingly clear in recent days that Awema has become the stick with which to beat the Welsh Government.As we can see from the comments to this article, I am far from the only one to have expected this...
"The glee with which the press and television convey the partisan attacks of opposition politicians is catching Awema in its backwash, creating the unedifying spectacle of a concerted attempt by powerful institutions to characterise Awema as a corrupt organisation: a time honoured way of debasing and devaluing the contributions of black and minority ethnic people, often on the basis of scant evidence, which is well known to many of us.
"It is as though the great, the good and the powerful have already rushed to judgement and made their minds up about what should happen to Awema, long before the Welsh Government Internal Audit, with which we have been co-operating fully, has reported. It was always the way."
Dr Austin added: "Awema...[is] developing civic and citizenship values in black and minority ethnic communities and encouraging their involvement in electoral politics — hardly encouraged by the sight and sound of senior politicians having a pop at us for their own merriment or to make partisan party political points when a person of colour does put up for election and is supported by other persons of colour."Well, it has to be said, Awema is doing a bang up job in 'encouraging their involvement in electoral politics'. They'll fit right in with the den of thieves, reporbates and nepotists in central and local government, won't they?
They certainly seem to have come off the starting blocks with an initial burst of speed, anyway...