I'm in an Internet cafe (or is it shop) for the first time. Its called Crossfire, opposite the Dragon Hotel in Swansea. I'm meeting a Swansea City Councillor shortly - after the Council meeting which is considering allowing Dydd Dewi Sant as a holiday to all Council staff. I did that with my own Assembly staff years ago.
Feeling good today. I've pulled through all the trauma associated with Mrs D's knee operation six weeks ago - shopping, cooking, etc.. She drove off to Morrison's without me this morning. I felt quite emotional as I watched her drive off to shop for the first time. And the Hymac has arrived to redesign a part of our garden - partly to lay out a marquee site for son, Tim's wedding to Adrienne next July. The only member of the blogosphere whose been on a formal visit so far is our new Eurochamp blogger, Blamerbell.
Now the reason I'm wittering on about these things is because we are all getting bored by the bed hopping of the political parties in Cardiff Bay. It is time for decision. There's only so much that can be said. It still seems an even bet between the 'Brown Coalition' and the 'Rainbow'. Thats about it really. I know there is renewed discussion about a possible Lib Lab deal - but Mike German couldn't deliver it, even if he wanted to. Labour MPs really are living in another country. I hope that things might clarify a bit this weekend - so that we can start blogging about policy again.
I was interested (and pleased) to read that all parties in the Assembly agreed yesterday on a serious look at how the Assembly budget is calculated. I have always thought that there is danger in opening up this 'can of worms' but recent decisions taken by the Scottish Parliament will cause so much resentment in England, that the funding formula is bound to be reviewed sooner or later. I'm not sure what a Welsh Commission will acheive though, since any real change will be a matter for Westminster. There's still an important job for Welsh MPs to do.