From time to time we all say something silly. Any search through the writings of Aristotle, Churchill, Seneddwr or even Martin Shipton will find something that would have been better left unsaid. But experience has taught me that it takes a very clever man to say something that is total c**p. Which brings me to Adam Price, Plaid Cymru MP and occasional nonsense talker.
According to David Williamson in today's Western Mail, Adam is saying that the Conservatives have reached a 'high water mark' in Wales, unless it severs its links with the Westminster Party. He glosses over the fact that his own base is Westminster. Adam is reported to have said "I'd be the first to rejoice at the creation of a genuinely autonomous Conservative Party, but I don't see it happening because I don't think the social base is there for them." All I can do is wonder what on earth he's talking about. In any case, I don't believe that he would rejoice. And what is this social base he's on about? And then we have the rather dismissive comment that "They were prepared to live with Nick Bourne's support for a Plaid Cymru led government because of the prospect of power". He seems to be forgetting that Plaid Cymru were content to enter coalition with us until the Lib Dems cocked it up. And is he trying to tell us that the prospect of power is something that isn't supposed to be an objective of any political party.
Well I believe that Adam Price and his Gramsci inspired colleagues are in for a bit of a surprise. Despite the decision of Plaid Cymru to throw in their lot with the Labour Party, Nick Bourne is not backing off his commitment to devolution one inch. Quite right too. Absolutely correctly, he is telling the people of Wales that Plaid Cymru have rejected a document, the All Wales Accord which may be a 'work in progress', but tells the people of Wales about the general direction in which we have changed. Its Adam, armed with his misguided, socialism-driven, intellectual thought processes that has persuaded Plaid to make a monumental mistake.
The next stage of Conservative development in Wales will be through its preparation for the next General Election. The focus is going to move from the Nation Assembly to the attitude of Westminster MPs and candidates. And what Adam will find is that the Consevative appeal to Welsh electors is going to be more devolutionary than that of the Party he's just climbed into bed with. Like a lot of other Plaid supporters he's going to find himself thinking about another bed in which he would find rather more comfort. While he's busy compromising, theorising and retro-fitting, the occupant of the other bed is going to become ever more enticing. The Conservative Party didn't want devolution - but when we were forced to accept it in 1997, we resolved to make a success of it. The long term consequence of this is that the purpose of Plaid Cymru is going to be extinquished. All Adam Price is doing is speeding up the process.