BBC have just gone big, under the heading of 'Breaking News', that Plaid Cymru are considering propping up Labour in office for the next four years. A senior figure from Plaid has been talking to the BBC before a party meeting tonight. Could it be that a representative of the 'Gang of Four' who really don't fancy working in coalition with my party is trying to create some momentum before the meeting. More likely, I think that Rhodri Glyn Thomas has been chatting to his constituency mate, Adam Price and has decided to test the water - test the water seriously that is, and Ieuan Wyn Jones' patience at the same time. But I do expect that when tonight's meeting is over, there will be a communique announcing further exploratory talks with Labour - with no commitment of course.
But I still agree with Peter Black, who is nearer to the action than I am these days. I still think the most likely option is that Wales will be governed by a 'Rainbow Coalition' of Plaid, the Lib Dems and my party. If my view is changing at all, it is that it is likely to happen sooner rather than later. Still, the BBC wouldn't be saying what they are saying without reason. So, I'm left wondering.
I'd been trying to think what issue might trigger the 'No Confidence' vote. Would it be nurse's pay - don't think so. What about Welsh Language Act - possible. Maybe the Budget - but I think Rhodri would let Plaid Cymru virtually write it. No, in the end, I still think they'll do it - basically because they can, its worth the risk and Ieuan wants to be First Minister. So let them do it in three weeks time - and give the new Ministers the summer recess to master their briefs. I'm on AM/PM tomorrow where we will be discussing the latest twist.