Alun Ffred Jones is a better man than the utterly pathetic public comments he's been making about the Commission on devolution that David Cameron announced at our Conference in Llandudno yesterday. Some wet-behind-the-ears spin doctor must have put this stuff out. Government seems to be causing normally sensible Plaid politicians to make the most bizarre public statements. I'll quote the Alun Ffred comments that the BBC has reported.
"Their party leader (David Cameron) has decided to distance himself and his party from Mr Bourne's stance (on devolution). This is a huge embarrassment for Nick Bourne, who's been slapped down for voicing a view without the permission of his bosses in London"
Did you ever read such pathetic piffle? Nick Bourne has expressed his personal opinion (and one that Plaid should be supportive of) but it is not our party's formal position. Some members disagree with Nick (and me as it happens) which is entirely fair. This rather unclear position could have drifted on (perhaps for as long as Plaid and Labour are allowing the preparation of their Local Competence Order on the Welsh Language to drift on). But that's another big story for another day. But we have taken the bull by the horns and asked the much respected Lord Roberts of Conwy to prepare an interim report on how we should develop policy - with an interim report by the summer. This has got to be a courageous step for our party and something that Alun Ffred Jones should have been welcoming. I suppose that's the trouble, from his point of view. Its obvious that this decision has left Plaid Cymru up a dry creek with only a paddle. They threw in their lot with Labour and they are finding all the dreams that the deal was built on collapsing around their ears - while we Tories march forwards without them. You really have to smile.