Rhodri Morgan, newly installed First Minister of Wales, has announced his new Cabinet today. He has cut it's membership from 9 to 7. There are no new Ministers and every single one of them is from the old county of Glamorgan. He has tried to pretend that this isn't a major slap in the face of North Wales by making Carl Sergeant his Chief Whip (a good appointment. Would you argue with him. Reminds me of a past Westminster Tory whip named David Lightbown).
Carwyn Jones - Education, Language and Culture.
Edwina Hart - Health and Social Services.
Brian Gibbons- Economy and Transport.
Jane Hutt - Budget and Business.
Jane Davidson- Sustainability and Rural Development.
Andrew Davies- Social Justice and Public Services Delivery.
Lets see if we can follow Rhodri's thinking. His only aim would have been to appease Plaid Cymru - very sensibly keeping an eye on survival. This is the only perspective that is worth looking at. Ability to 'do the job' will have been secondary.
Appointing only 7 leaves him room to make changes in the future if needed without too much disruption - and makes a coalition easier. He won't have forgotten the fallout from sacking Peter Law last time he coalesced.
I rate his appointment of Carwyn Jones into the Education and Language job is a really good move. Carwyn could make his name here.
I also rate his appointment of Edwina Hart to health. She is so straight-talking and consensual in style that she may agree a way forwards with the'gang of four' in particular.
Brian Gibbons will do Econony and Transport as well as Andrew Davies did. He had to be moved from health, so this isn't a bad move.
Jane Davidson in her wellies. Now there's a thought. She's going to have to eat all those Welsh lamb burgers at the Royal Welsh Show. A case of 'onwards and outwards'. I'd like to be there when Brynle makes his first politically incorrect sexist comment. There'll be some fur flying.
Jane Hutt at Budget and Business. I suppose the budget is such a complex subject which no-one properly understands - so perhaps Jane is an appropriate appointment. Anyway, if Rhodri has any sense, he will let Plaid Cymru write his budget. Only way to stop the 'No Confidence Motion'.
And Andrew Davies. He really must be 'cheesed off' with his move. Big job though - and he will be relieved to get away from the snapping teeth of Alun Cairns. Will be a help in cementing his appeal with all those Labour 'movers and shakers' in Local Government - in preparation for the big leadership contest, whenever it comes.
Rhodri has frozen out the nat-bashers. That'll teach you Leighton. But the 'Glamorgan Mafia' label will stick. Sandy's a cert for Deputy Minister now. Looking forward to Shipton's take on things tomorrow.