Do you remember the story about the compulsive gambler who went on holiday with his wife, and found that his hotel was right next to a casino? After dinner, she fancied an early night, but he couldn't resist it. He decided to pop into the casino, after promising his wife that he would not gamble one penny of their holiday money. He was given £2's worth of complimentary 'chips' on entry. Two hours later after an extraordinary sequence of luck, he had amassed a fortune of £20 million. The casino had come to a standstill, and crowds of spectators had gathered. Nothing like it had ever happened before. He was packing up to go to bed, but the incredible atmosphere got to him - and he placed one final bet, putting the whole £20 million on the table. He lost the lot.
When he joined his wife in their room, she asked him how it had gone. He just shrugged his shoulders and said "I lost my £2 complimentary chips".
I thought of this story, in the context of today's events in the National Assembly. Way back last March, Rhodri Morgan was First Minister, leading a 'minority' government. And today, two months later, Rhodri Morgan is going to be elected First Minister of a 'minority' government. "Goodnight Darling, time to roll over and go to sleep."