Tories changing their minds on PR?
Friday, December 29, 2006
As we know, the Tories are eager for a non-Labour administration in Wales, and this means cosying up to Plaid Cymru and the Lib Dems.
Nick Bourne got very excited about this prospect as the budget negotiations stalled. Perhaps a little to excited. Having showed all his cards Plaid hopped into bed with Labour.
So the Tories welcomed Mike German's fresh manoeuvring for power today. Could it mean the rebirth of rainbow coalition talk? Yes, says Glyn Davies:
Either Mike is looking for another Lib-Lab Pact (which he will find difficult to sell to his party without an absolute commitment to proportional representation in local government - which Labour will never accept) or it means a 'Rainbow Coalition' with Tories and Plaid Cymru.
The juxtaposition here is intriguing. If the Lib Dems wouldn't enter into coalition with Labour over proportional representation in local government, why should they do so with the Tories?
Perhaps Glyn Davies has already forgotten their pledge of just two years ago:
Conservatives will oppose any plan to introduce proportional representation into local government in Wales as the Liberal Democrat/Labour coalition is adopting in Scotland.
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