Today's Politics Show was a must-watch for every Welsh Conservative. The UK section of the programme focused on David Cameron and Boris Johnson. We already knew that David is a class act. And we now know that Boris is as well. He came through a potentially very difficult interview with flying colours, and added some vintage, unique Boris at the end. Only comment I'd make is that its a bit rich for all these people to accuse Boris of 'politicising' the position of Chief Constable of the Met - that's the Chief Constable who's been openly campaigning for the 42 day detention without trial period, and ID Cards. Wrong on both counts, but a big help to Labour
Then in the Welsh section of the programme we had the Nick Bourne 'apology'. Felicity Evens is a feisty customer, but she did go on a bit. I thought Nick acquitted himself pretty well, all things considered. Lets hope that little squall has been put to bed.
But the interview that really struck me was that with recently resigned Secretary of State for Wales, Peter Hain. It was seriously impactful. He does not want to see law making powers vested in the National Assembly for a decade - at least. He informed us that the Labour Party (MPs, AMs and activists) are opposed to law making powers. He predicted that if there were to be a referendum on law making powers, it would suffer the same sort of defeat as that which befell the 1979 referendum. This was devastating stuff. And he has every intention of repeating all this whenever he's asked. Personally, I've accepted that that any referendum on law making powers for the Assembly before 2011 is a dead duck. Surely the scales have fallen from the eyes of the last believer.
One big question now is whether the Coalition Government will survive intact. Its now becoming clear that Labour never intended to run with it - Peter Hain would have been closely involved at the time. It was just a cunning plan (as Baldrick would say) to dupe Plaid Cymru into propping up Rhodri Morgan and his gang in office. (Can I apologise immediately if this is too offensive to Rhodri) And I daresay a few Plaid Cymru activists are asking themselves, after watching the Hain interview today, whether their own leadership had any genuine commitment to a referendum either - or was it the sniff of the 'ministerial car'. I can see an early meeting between Rhodri Morgan and the new Leader of the Liberal democrats - just to consider the possibilities you understand.