I'd just about given up on it. For months I'd been prostrating myself before Plaid Cymru and the Lib Dems, asking them (almost begging them) to consider us as a potential coalition partner after May 3rd. I know that I rattled Ieuan up a bit with the 'Wobbly Wyn Jones' stuff - but generally I've been craven in my sycophancy. I've even been nice to Mick Bates - which has left the poor fellow in such a state of confusion that he will probably go and lose his seat at the election. Tories being nice throws the whole political world into turmoil. Mr Cameron is showing us this on the UK stage. Anyway, I'd had so little response to my prostrating (and not a lot from my own side either) that I was on the point of going back on the attack. Never been one to flog a horse that is definitely dead. There would have been the usual ferocity and vindictiveness of the lover spurned.
And then, would you believe it. Up pops Plaid and tells us that they are interested after all. And its Adam Price of all people. Easily Plaid's star performer. Telling everyone willing to lend an ear that Plaid would be willing to talk to the Tories on May 4th. Now I know that its 'even' the Tories and we're grouped with the communists - and that Adam's 'local country solicitor' must be First Minister. But I'm not fooled. Plaid has announced that she's 'biddable' and we've been invited to make an offer. This is real progress. My book of '100 ways to insult Plaid Cymru' will be returned to the shelf. Mick Bates stays an OK bloke. Its back to the Old Spice aftershave and brushing my hair before going into the Debating Chamber. It sounds as if the Rainbow Coalition is back in business.
Good stunt by Martin Eaglestone. Got him stacks of publicity. No-one had heard of him outside North Wales until today. Every one's forgotten what his silly little petition was all about - but Adam's counter petition gave the story legs. Alun Ffred can't take anything for granted. I've read some psephologist who thinks that Martin's going to win - which would up the average standard of Labour AMs and drop the average standard of Plaid AMs.