Difficult to be non-partisan under a heading like this. But I'll try, in a non-partisan sort of way - although I admit that I could be fooling myself here. It must be for readers to judge the extent to which I'm driven by partisan interest and how much by concern for democracy in Wales.
Democracy without genuine choice is Pyrrhic. Citizens lose faith, lose interest and lose the willingness to participate. Politics becomes the playground of failed or frustrated 'celebrities', controlled by faceless puppeteers, concerned only with winning and holding office. At Westminster, we are currently watching the absurdity of a Prime Minister's 'resignation' and another Prime Minister's 'coronation' being manipulated by political Mafias without even a nod in the direction of democracy.
But back to Wales. Its not that Labour is unspeakably 'bad'. Its just that Labour has dominated Welsh politics for a century and is heading for electoral meltdown if opinion polls are to be believed. What sort of a choice is it that if Labour does indeed lose a hatful of seats on May 3rd, the only alternative is a Labour dominated coalition. This is no choice at all. But so ingrained is the 'acceptance' of Wales as a one-party-state that even some of my own side see it as the natural order of things - and cannot face the concept of a non Labour coalition.
There is no worthwhile democracy in Wales unless there is at least a prospect of forcing Labour into opposition. Whatever the result on May 3rd, I believe that my party, Plaid Cymru, the Lib Dems and any Independents have to give serious consideration of working together to create a genuine democratic choice for the people of Wales - by putting Labour into opposition.