So the 'influential' Nick Bourne has told the party faithful at Blackpool that he wants Plaid Cymru supporters to "come and join us". Now I'm rather in favour of this idea. After all its the path that I followed myself some 30+ years ago, having once voted for Plaid in my youth. The basis of Nick's invitation is that Plaid has given up its right to be called the 'party of Wales' because it chose to go into coalition with Labour rather that lead a 'rainbow coalition'. This may be a reasonable pitch, but its not what would have appealed to me all those years ago.
My approach would be based on what did influence me. I'm a fiercely proud Welshman - but I'm not a 'socialist' and I'm not a big state, 'Government knows best' man. In short, I'm a Welsh Conservative. I'm still very keen to see the Conservatives and Plaid Cymru govern together - but I know that it could never work if the National Assembly had tax raising powers. I'm not even sure it would work if the Assembly had full law making powers - unless Plaid Cymru dumps its socialist baggage. I just think our best strategy is to behave as a genuine Welsh party, committed to the Welsh Language and culture - but to keep on emphasising that we are not a 'socialist' party. A fair few hitherto Plaid supporters may well be tempted to accept Nick's kind invitation.