I like to keep an eye on what is happening in Cardiff Bay, even if my focus has moved elsewhere for the time being. You never know - I might be back some day. I'll need to know what has been going on. A key question for us all this week is how the Labour/Plaid Cymru Coalition is panning out. I'm grateful to Andrew Davies and Lord Dafydd El for copying me in on the chatty little emails they've been sending each other in the Debating Chamber today. I'm not sure it was deliberate though.
It seems that Ieuan Wyn Jones, who has just replaced Andrew as the Minister responsible for economic matters was waxing lyrical about the Government's fabulously effective Statistics Department. This was too much for Andrew who remembers the sort of thing Ieuan was saying earlier in the year - when he was rubbishing them. Andrew's email to Lord Dafydd El read
"Perhaps we have a new Stats Dep't? Of course, I would argue that the stats have been good for some years now (and certainly improved since I became Economic Development Minister in 2002!) I do remember that the opposition parties didn't appear to accept the figures at the time whever I quoted them - at frequent intervals I might add. Time is a great healer, especially of perceptions."
The email finished with the rather plaintive observation "Funny things,memories!"
In typically jocular fashion Dafydd El responded "Its the stats apparently which are good. Must be your good work" to which the still smarting Andrew responded "I see that Wales has suddenly improved since the PoW became a part of the Government!!!"
I guess that PoW stands for Party of Wales - though one cannot be sure that Her Majesty has not awarded a principality to his Lordship in recognition of loyal service. I do hope that the new Coalition Government will carry on copying their chatty little emails to everyone so that we know how the new team is settling down. Since they seem to want everyone to read them, I just thought I'd publish them on my blog - which is going through a period of high visitor numbers.