Thursday, April 12, 2007

Dragon's Eye tonight

First item was the Carl Roberts round up of the week. Be fair to say that the campaign isn't on fire yet. There were some really nice Welsh cakes at Plaid's manifesto launch though - but nobody there to eat them except Adam Price and 4 journos. There were lots more at the launch of our AdVan - but the whole event was dominated by Alun Cairns mustard yellow trousers. I was a bit disappointed to learn that the driver turns out to be a Plaid supporter. I'm hoping to meet up with the AdVan in Welshpool tomorrow afternoon and I'm depending on a Plaid bloke to get it there on time ! Almost no-one at all turned up to meet Blair in Milford and he was filmed walking around with Rhodri and Tamsin Dunwoody. The only interesting question is which one of them people are not prepared to be seen with.

Second item was Mike German talking about the 'over 150 new policies' in their manifesto. But I couldn't stop looking at his tie which was completely off centre. He looked as if he'd had a few (even though I'm sure he hadn't - before the Lib Dem rebuttal unit are after me again). Rhun asked him to explain the Lib Dem promise 'to cut class sizes to less than 25 on average'. So Mike explained that it meant 'to cut class sizes to less than 25 on average'. Having cleared that up, Rhun nailed him by pointing out that class sizes are less than 25 now. Mike's tie almost went horizontal.

And then Nick was on, talking about our manifesto - plus our detailed costings which were hot off the press. Nick had decided to outdo Cairnsy's mustard yellow trousers by wearing a startlingly robin red jumper. I thought he coped with Rhun, who was on unusally testing form, rather well. And then Rhun tried on the tired old line that no other party would consider working with the Tories in government after May 3rd - and Nick quite rightly knocked that one down. The only thing that will engage this election with the electorate is the uncertainty of what will happen on May 4th. I don't want to see any of the options closed, except Tory/Labour - which is a step too far, even for me.

UPDATE My wife tells me she thought Alun looked like Rupert the Bear at the AdVan launch - which I think is spot on.

8 comments:

Blamerbell said...

So everyone else cocked up and Nick Bourne was flawless.

Strange conclusion for a Tory to make!

Shame he didn't answer the actual question put to him, despite having three separate opportunities.

Glyn Davies AM said...

Look here Blamerbell, there's an election on. What do you expect me to do. I thought I was risking it with gentle ribbing of Nick's robin red jumper.

Anonymous said...

i know what you mean abour germans tie and he looked pissed and bourne looked like a bloody robin

Daran said...

What's the next step? A live blog as the programme goes out like Arsembly...

Sanddef said...

That jumper was terrible, especially with that shirt.

Glyn Davies AM said...

Sorry daran, but no way could I match Arsembly. But I am looking forwards to when we can arrange blogger discussion to run parallel with political programmes.

Nuff said about the jumper, I think.

bethan said...

Rhun nailed him by pointing out that class sizes are less than 25 now. Mike's tie almost went horizontal.


that may be in principle but there are many many schools where less than 25 pupils in each classroom is far from the reality on the ground. I'd say class sizes were averaging on 35.( this is not in defence of German, but a comment on the class sizes!)

Glyn Davies AM said...

You could be right bethan. I only report on what I heard. Mike German seemed to accept that the average class size was 24. something.