Just off to do an interview for Dau o'r Bae about the sacking of Patrick Mercer. I was really sorry about this because I've always thought of Patrick as being a decent man. I had a coffee with him when he was in the Assembly sometime last year. I still do not believe that he is in any way racist. But David Cameron was right to sack him. In fact, he had no choice.
I accept it may be possible to read Patrick's comments in a entirely non-racist way - but context is all. His comments sounded racist. They caused great embarrassment and damage to his party because of how they sounded. And he would have to have gone in the end. We've all got to be careful about language, ensuring that it doesn't cause offence. David Cameron did what he had to do, with decisiveness