ON November 24 this year, exactly one month ago, MP Lembit Opik declared that he was 'going bananas' to support the Go Bananas campaign for fair trade. Well, little did we know then that he was about to take his own advice so literally.
Sian Lloyd is articulate, clever, intelligent, very attractive and great fun to be with. But Lembit Opik has discarded her in favour of one of The Cheeky Girls.
If this new relationship is not a sign that Lembit is suffering from some kind of Christmas madness, but, as Gabi Irimia insists, that it is a "really genuine" relationship, then surely the good people of Montgomeryshire must seriously question whether Lembit Opik is the best person to represent their views and issues.
When Lembit and Sian appeared on Celebrity Millionaire, Sian's general knowledge was impressive and when she didn't instantly know the answer, she had the intelligence to be able to discard the three wrong answers to pick the right one.
I did wonder about their relationship on that Saturday night. Sian knew the answers but was constantly undermined by her fianc e who kept on questioning her about how confident she was, until she would give in to him and choose one of the options to give them help. Had Sian been on her own, she would have done much better without the doubting ninny at her side, who also lacked the graciousness to allow Sian to shine.
But the big question of course is: Should an MP's personal life really matter?
Is Lembit Opik's private life any business of ours? Does it matter one iota who he "sleeps with naked" and how he prefers to make love.
For me, the answer, undoubtedly and undeniably, is a resounding yes.
Because in this day and celebrity-obsessed age what was once a story for a gossip column in the tabloid press is now mainstream news. Think about it: Lembit hasn't actually done anything wrong.
He wasn't married, this was no sordid affair. He has no children whose lives will suffer as a result of his foolishness.
He certainly hasn't broken the law. But on Sunday night, after the story broke, even the BBC's Welsh news bulletin for S4C 'Newyddion' decided that this was of newsworthy value. (They actually stopped short of announcing that Lembit had taken off with one of The Cheeky Girls, instead describing his new girlfriend as a 'pop singer from Romania' which had connotations of an ethnic/intelligent/long-flowing skirt kind of girl. Their decision to stop short of telling the whole truth was completely bizarre. There was hardly any point to the story without the words Cheeky Girl).
But anyway, there it was on the Newyddion - gossip dressed up as hard news.
Proving that an MP's life, public and personal is all important.
Lembit Opik is 41 years old. His new woman is 24. What does that say about him for starters? He is a representative of the people and his judgement should be without question.
She is called a pop singer because she once had a No.2 in the pop charts. But the real truth is that she and her twin sister achieved fame by being rejected and humiliated by Pete Waterman on Pop Idol and then were transformed into a novelty act. The Cheeky Girls are a perfect example of modern-day celebrities who are not only, in my view, talentless, they achieved their fame by being seriously terrible.
On GMTV on Wednesday morning, Gaby Irimia said that Lembit was impressed by her fame.
If that is true, it is a damning indictment.
The truth is that your personal life says a lot about you. A supposedly respected man in his 40s with a girl half his age who became famous for touching her bum?
Yup, time for a new MP in Montgomeryshire, I think.
Have a cracker!
TOMORROW it's Christmas Day and may I wish all of you a fantastically fabulous time.
I hope Santa will be generous and the family festivities kind and peaceful.
Christmas Day can be a strange kind of day. The stresses and strain and pressure of preparing for Christmas is over, and hopefully will be forgotten, not hanging there like a bad hangover. So personally I'm gearing up for a merry Christmas. So what if dinner's late, so what if I forget to cook the chipolatas (every year), so what if the gravy has a bit of a funny taste (last year), and so what if I forgot to buy crackers, (a strong possibility this year). I'm determined to enjoy the day for what it is. A roller-coaster of excitement for the kids, and a chance to relax with the family. I sincerely hope that yours is good too. Merry Christmas everyone.
All the blessed to Ellen
WEDDINGS are always quite tricky affairs, but congratulations to Ellen Llewelyn, one of the reporters on S4C's Wedi 7 and her new husband Jonathan for organising one of the friendliest, yet stylish, weddings I have ever attended on Thursday.
The church at Gwynfe in Carmarthenshire was beautiful, filled with gorgeous candles with a beautiful Christmas tree, and Ellen herself was simply stunning.
It was then a black tie dinner party event and what is now seen as an unfashionable custom of mixing guests from both sides to sit on the same table was a resounding success.
How refreshing (but risky) to put people together and hope for the best.
We all came away with new friends, and it was such a brilliant day and evening.
I wish Ellen and Jonathan both the very best of luck and a blissful and successful marriage filled with a lifetime of happiness.