Welsh politics blog roundup #002

Peter Black wins BBC's 'Political Communicator of the Year' award... and then smashes it. The glass trophy is now all over the boot of his car.

Nick Bourne
reports that the Tories won convincingly in the Kinmel Bay council by-election. It's part of the Clwyd West constituency - a three-way marginal at the Assembly Elections. And it doesn't bode well for Plaid Cymru: they didn't even put up a candidate.

And finally, only Glyn Davies knows what this is all about:
"One of the young ladies had extracted from her case a black leather strappy appliance, which was fitted with two electrodes and which could be worn around the neck, the leg or the arm. There was a choice of one short pulse of electriciry, several intermittent pulses or the full works in the form of a continuous pulse. I was being fitted up at the time...."

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posted by Blamerbell @ 12:48 pm,


At 5:52 pm, Blogger lon152 said...

Err... how, exacly is Clwyd West a three-way marginal?

The Plaid vote collapsed under Janet Ryder in 2003, and they fell to 4th place in 2005.

At 8:23 pm, Blogger Blamerbell said...

Because any one of three parties can win the seat.

There isn't much history to call upon in an Assembly election. But if you look at the 1999 ballot, less than a thousand votes separated Labour, the Tories and Plaid.

You're right, they fell away in 2003.

2005 was a General Election, and the recent Rhos on Sea by-election in that constituency might show Plaid recovering somewhat.

It's up for grabs, although I admit the Tories are much more likely to steal it than Plaid are.

At 7:23 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only a fool would suggest that there's no bearing between a General Election result and an Assembly result.

You can't ignore the fact that Plaid slipped to fourth place at the most recent constituency-wide election.

You still have a lot to learn - hopefully they teach you stuff like this in school.

At 5:43 pm, Blogger Blamerbell said...


Let's look at it again on May 4th, and if it wasn't marginal in three directions I'll eat my pants.


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