Busy week. Out with Parkinson's Disease collection tins, a very impressive concert in St Mary's Church, Welshpool by the Guilsfield Singers, a mercy dash to Manchester Airport, Berriew Show's 60th Anniversary Black Tie Ball, an extended Sunday lunch as guests of our next door neighbours, and filling in the blanks with some Council Election campaigning. Blogging demoted to one of the minor placings. But catching up on the week's newspapers tonight. And have started with the Wales on Sunday. Not much outside the sports pages to catch my eye, except the headline 'Welsh Tories in row over right to buy'.
It seems that Plaid Cymru AM, Leanne Wood, who chairs the Assembly's Affordable Housing Legislative Committee is complaining because Conservative MPs are opposing a transfer of power from Westminster to the Assembly, in order that AMs can suspend the 'right to buy' by council tenants. What on earth did she expect. If Plaid Cymru AMs are going to use the new GOW Act to demand the transfer of a power to do something that is strongly opposed by the Conservative Party, they must know that MPs will oppose it. Of course, the truth is that this is exactly what Plaid Cymru wanted when the proposal was put forward. I seem to remember that it was done without any discussion with the Labour Party, their Coalition partners. It does look very much as if the proposed Legislative Competence Order was a political stunt, designed to give Ms Wood and others the opportunity to make the very complaint she is making. So very very predictable! What Leanne and her Party are guilty of is putting 'political' advantage ahead of the development of confidence in the new process by which power is being transferred under the new constitution.