Oh how you laughed when this blog speculated that Peter Hain might turn his attention towards the National Assembly for Wales, following the turbulence in his Westminster-based political career. Far be-neath the great man's talents is what you said - at least those of you who posted your opinions. Well, as driving home from South Wales tonight, I switched on Radio Wales to listen to Good Evening Wales, and there he was, sounding for all the world as though he were an Assembly Member already. And a very sensible one at that.
There is no other way of putting it. Peter Hain launched a huge attack on the Assembly Government's overall strategy. The spin doctors will be busy, pretending that's not an onion skin between Peter and Rhodri Morgan. Even if its a great concrete wall. And I agreed with almost every word of it. "Too much focus on the public sector". "The public sector in Wales in too big and the private sector is too small". "There's been too much focus on free provision and too much taking of soft options". "There must be a major re-prioritising of the Assembly Government's policies towards encouraging a bigger Private Sector". And plenty more of this sort of stuff. Felicity Evans had a better interview on her hands than she realised. Oh, and he had something very sensible to say about the referendum as well - which I'll post on later on tonight - if I'm home in time. I've been away all day and I'm taking Mrs D out for supper.