Wasn't able to make the National Eisteddfod at Bala today afterr poking myself in the eye with a stick. Disappointing because RESEC, (Research into Specialist Elderly Care), a charity I'm associated with was presenting a £500 cheque to Tamany Wyn Jones far her work with dementia and the elderly in rural areas. Been making some calls to find out how it all went. I'm told that my Deputy Chairman, Eurig Wyn did his usual professional job. But then, as usually happens, discussion turned to the politics that always infects the Maes. This year it will be particularly interesting because its the last Eisteddfod before Labour has to choose its next Welsh leader and new National Assembly First Minister - that's if Rhodri Morgan does not change his mind about retiring. In passing, I'm told that he's expecting to immediately be raised to the ermine, along with two of his Assembly girls, Sue Essex and Jane Davidson. Lord Rhodri of Michaelston-le-Pit I suppose.
Anyway, about the succession. Favourite Carwyn Jones has been putting himself about, making a speech which was stating the bloody obvious - that Labour needs to build on its core vote. And Huw Lewis has been there too, and has roundly rubbished Carwyn's speech on his blog. And today, I'm told that Edwina Hart will definitely be standing as well. It seems that she's 'letting it be known' that she wants to lead, without actually saying anything. Just getting on with the job as Gordon Brown is so keen on saying. When I was told that all this meant that the leadership contest was 'hotting up', I thought it was best described as the first stirrings of a heavy sleeper after a heavy night on the whiskey. It may be possible to detect a little movement, but too early to be sure it signifies wakefulness. I've not been involved in Assembly politics for over two years, but I do like the gossip. And who cares if its not true.