Today I recalled the Final Budget Debate in the Assembly last December when the Tories and the Lib Dems traded insults with Plaid Cymru - following the latter's decision to support the Labour Government. It was like a remake of West Side Story. I will never forget watching Labour, and particularly 'my mate on the other side', Sue Essex enjoying herself even more than I enjoyed my first viewing of Crocodile Dundee. I made a conciliatory speech in the middle of it - and it was no more than a sort of half time breather between the combatants. I was in despair. What the hell were we going to gain by such self indulgent rubbish.
And I feel the same today. No-one can feel more disappointed than I do that the Lib Dems sunk the Rainbow Coalition last night. I was so angry after I heard the result from Llandrindod Wells that I couldn't sleep. But the truth is I am still totally committed to a Rainbow Coalition. Its not even me being anti-Labour. I just do not want Wales to be a one-party state. And the only way anything can happen to change this within the next 4 years - and probably after that, means working with the Lib Dems.
I was shocked when I read the document that Plaid's 'gang of four' and the Lib Dems rejected. There was absolutely no reasonable grounds for rejection - that couldn't have been easily sorted. We had gone even further than I would have expected. They were voting against a Tory Party of another time.
In my opinion, the sinking of the Rainbow Coalition was a very damaging blow to Welsh democracy. I am thinking about how to revive the corpse. First questionis, do we need the Lib Dems. Now even I can see that a Coalition of Plaid Cymru and my party in 2011 is a big ask, even if we have the numbers. The irrational antipathy within parts of Plaid towards 'Thatcher's Tories' will still be there. Reality is we will need the Lib Dems.
I don't know what I will be doing to further the interests of the Conservative Party in Wales over the next year or two - but I will be trying to build the confidence that people like Helen Mary Jones, Bethan Jenkins and Peter Black have in the Conservative Party. Because I want Wales to be have elections where there is a genuine choice. I do not think that 'slagging off' the Lib Dems (much as they deserve it) is going to help the long term objective. You see, I might be one of only few in the whole of Wales, but I still believe in the Rainbow Coalition.