When my thoughts turn to National Assembly matters tonight, its a job to move away from the recently sacked Rhodri Glyn Thomas. I reckon Ieuan Wyn Jones has completely cocked up - as much as Rhodri has. Just don't know what he was thinking about. Perhaps he thought he might look decisive if he fired somebody. To me, he looks more 'wobbly' than ever.
The sickening bit is the retrofit and character assassination that is being spread, probably by the Plaid Press Department. Supposedly there have been concerns about Rhodri's behavior for years. If that's so, why on earth did Ieuan Wyn Jones make him a Minister in the first place. Every report on this issue will make reference to Rhodri Glyn having a penchant for a drink, quickly followed by the qualifier that there is 'nothing wrong with that'. But the implication is clear enough. Rhodri was desperately unlucky to have messed up at the Welsh Book of the Year Awards, which did make him a bit of a joke - but I'm told that it was just that, unlucky and could have happened to anyone. No Ieuan wyn Jones fired his Culture Minister for walking into a pub with a lit cigar in his hand. Remember that when you are smothered in the 'spin' that there was more to it. The Plaid Press Office are desperately trying to bolster the credibility of the Deputy First Minister. Politics is a dirty game.
But there's another game in town. Matt Withers in today's Wales on Sunday, asks whether anyone can stop the Carwyn Jones 'march' to the First Minister's desk. Well, I (and others) don't think so. Carwyn's a good debater, is quick on his feet, has presence - and best of all, he's got a lovely mum. I'd half expected Rhodri Morgan to announce that he was standing down last week - he likes to spring a surprise on the last day of term. I reckon he'll be gone by Christmas, unless Gordon Brown resigns first. So we have Huw Lewis and Carwyn Jones (and perhaps Leighton Andrews) limbering up, and some talk of Andrew Davies as a runner as well. Well, my money's on the Bridgend Boy. Come on Rhodri. Put a bit of spark into Welsh politics. Lets get on with it.