Went out to the newly opened Castle Kitchen at Montgomery this morning (deserving of a separate post). Bought the Telegraph to read reports of yesterday's Royal Opening of the Third National Assembly. There's a report about a police inspector from Surrey who intends to put another officer on the beat in Brighton for the next full moon - and other equally riveting items. But of the Royal Opening - zilch.
Oh, except a dismissive piece in Celia Walden's Spy column about the two AM's who didn't attend because they are republicans. Really big help for Wales that was - I don't think. I've no objection to anyone being a republican - even if I think they are misguided. I don't object to them staying away - or telling their mates. And I've no objection to anyone who believes that Britain would be better off if we ditched our royal family from arguing for what they believe in.
But what these two did was publicise their intention to be absent for the purpose of spoiling and detracting from what was a great day for Wales - and for the creation of a law making Parliament for our nation (and I suppose theirs). They set out to ensure that almost every interview and every report of the event was undermined - and they succeeded to some extent. Leanne Wood and Bethan Jenkins caused damage to our nation and its people yesterday. Thankfully, the damage was limited and it still turned out to be a great day - even if the Telegraph readers have read none of the positives.