This blog offers best wishes to the new National Assembly of Wales Government. I'd have done everything in my power to stop it being created - but the Plaid/Labour deal has been struck. Apart from some daft ideas about how to tackle the problem of 'affordable housing', I do not take serious issue with much in the One Wales document - which is more than you can say for a big chunk of the Labour Party. But Gordon told Rhodri to do what he had to - and Labour's Assembly payroll was so desperate to hang on to their higher salaries that Rhodri had no alternative but to tell Lord Kinnock and the MPs to p*** off. I still think that Plaid has made a huge strategic mistake, and that Iuean Wyn Jones simply 'bottled it'. He's right not to trust the Lib Dems - but that smacks more of excuse than reason to me.
The deal is done. Thee is trouble ahead. But since this blog has the interests of Wales at its heart, I must wish these unlikely bedfellows four years (less 2 months) of blissful happiness and success. Through gritted teeth.