Only ever eaten one curry in my life, and it caused a ferocious response from my stomach. OK, so it was several decades ago, after a great victory somewhere in the Midlands, and a few celebratory jars - but I've always blamed the curry and never touched the stuff since. And there was the great 'Curry House Plot' a few years ago, when the peppers so inflamed the innards of four Plaid Cymru AMs that they decided in was time to terminate Ieuan Wyn Jones leadership of the Party. When this idea was mentioned to Ieuan next day, he took such umbrage that he immediately resigned in disgust. But he came back - a bit like the aforementioned curry that I ate. His career has never looked back. And the lead story in tonight's Shropshire Star concerns Mr Chun-Hung Cheung, a Shropshire restauranteur who's just been fined £2, 515 for stirring his curry with a dirty cricket bat. The report does not make clear what the fine would have been if the bat had been pristine clean. So you can see, from my limited experience, 'where there's curry, there's trouble'.
So it seems most odd to me that Sir Emyr Jones Parry has decided to launch his All Wales Convention on its 22 stop tour of Wales by asking people to "Join us for a curry and tell us how you think Wales should work in the future". This Convention is the fine group of 'guys and gals' who have been charged with advising the Assembly Coalition Government when the time is right to hold a referendum asking the Welsh people whether they want a full law making National Assembly of Wales. Jags Catering of Swansea are preparing the curries, which are costing the taxpayer £6 each, and are free to anyone who is prepared to sit through the meeting that follows. Not sure what the rules are if you fall asleep. And in my opinion you might as well fall asleep for all the good the Convention is going to do.
It did look really daft on the Welsh TV News this morning. First up was Rhodri Morgan, making it as clear as he could without declaring 'A referendum by 2011 is dead as a one legged dodo' that it is as dead as a dodo. And then Sir Emyr entering our screens to invite us for a curry and a discussion about whether we think this referendum should be held or not. When the Convention was first announced, many of us thought this Convention was no more than an upmarket form of procrastination. I regret to confirm that I still think that. The only possible explanation is that Ieuan Wyn Jones will need an authoritative voice advising him that a referendum should not be held before 2011 - the excuse he needs to protect him from the wrath of all those activists who agreed to enter Coalition with Labour when they find out its not going to happen. For the second time, Ieuan Wyn Jones' political career will be saved by a curry. Of course it could all just be a novel way of providing a 'financial stimulus' to the Welsh catering economy.