Its really irritating, having to speak positively about political opponents. But there can be no denying it. Plaid Cymru have pulled off a master stroke today by electing its nominees for the House of Lords. The system of individuals being placed in the Westminster Parliament with no regard for the democratic principle does not look right in 2008. The 'Plaid Three' have made a monkey out of the Labour Government in particular, which has been 'banging on' about introducing democracy into the system of nomination to the Lords for years, but have done nothing whatsoever about it. Plaid have just done it - or at least done enough to make it look as if they've done it.
Even worse from other party's standpoint is that Lord Wigley is going to be sitting on the red benches, his standing enhanced by the votes he has behind him. I can see it now. He's going to be all over our television screens whenever there is a Welsh issue dominating the Westminster news. I can see the pseudo outrage that he has mastered to perfection over the last 40 years. And that guttural grunt that makes his voice seem as if its rising up from the centre of the planet. Lady Janet will be sensible and quiet, and I don't know Eurfyl ap Gwilym. I don't see them as dangerous at all. But the Lord Wigley is an entirely different matter. Its not the debates where he will star - its the village green in front of Parliament where all the cameras gather. He's going to be everywhere. The only man to counter what's to come is the great Lord Roberts of Conwy. I do not think we can afford to allow him a peaceful retirement. His country and his party is going to need him.