Crunch time for Rhodri

Followers of Welsh politics will know that the Assembly budget was rejected by opposition parties in October.

What should have followed was weeks of negotiations, eventually leading to a settlement which had something for all parties.

Today, that settlement wasn't reached.

The opposition parties held a joint press conference this afternoon outlining their continued opposition to the budget, after the latest talks faltered again last night.

Rhodri Morgan insisted he'd stick with the budget, and hinted he'd resign if defeated in the chamber next Wednesday.

The opposition said they'd form a coalition government if the Labour government were to resign over a defeated budget.

The sticking point is over public service investment. Labour finds itself in the strange position of facing a humiliating defeat because the Tories are demanding more money for public services. Surely, nothing better demonstrates the weird world of Welsh politics than that.

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posted by Blamerbell @ 6:44 pm,

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