As stable as a unicyclist with a flat tyre
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
At the moment, all the talk coming from the leaders of the four parties is about securing a stable government.
But, let's be frank. It ain't going to happen.
Take the prospect of a Lab-Lib pact. Rhodri says it's an 'inedible' choice. Great start - like telling your date she's a minger before you've even got to the main course. Meanwhile, a 'senior Labour source' says, "we should try to do a deal with the Liberal Democrats. Our philosophy towards them should be, ‘hug them close and strangle them slowly’." There is something very disturbing about that philosophy, and it does not bode well for a future stable government.
Take the prospect of a Plaid-Labour pact. Rhodri says it's an 'unpalatable' choice. But is it really? Incest or perhaps even watching golf are unpalatable choices. Rhodri is simply talking about forming a responsible government for Wales.
Never mind, Plaid Cymru would prefer to sacrifice their best ever chance of power, with Ieuan Wyn Jones as first minister in a rainbow coalition, because they aren't confident enough they could make a difference.
You know what they always say about Iraq - there was no exit strategy. Well, you could say the same about this election. The biggest lie of all was that 'the people of Wales will decide the composition of the next assembly government', spouted by politicians from all directions. That's simply not true. Some people voted Plaid on the understanding they'd stay in opposition, others on the presumption they'd work with Labour and others on the offchance they'd team up with the Tories. Despite constant pushing from the media, it was never clear where their preference lay. They certainly didn't say they'd prefer to stay in opposition, which is what Deputy Leader Rhodri Glyn Thomas has said today.
So, in the end, the politicians will decide the composition of the next assembly government. And the people might not be best pleased.
UPDATE: May I welcome readers from The Times. I must warn you, though, that there's rather a lot of talk about Welsh stuff here. We're the country to the left of Shrewsbury - adopted homeland of your next Deputy Prime Minister:)
posted by Blamerbell @ 12:52 pm,
- At 2:52 pm, said...
Who cares - Labour and A N Other are going to tinker around the edges making ernest noises and pretending to use their new powers to impress us the Welsh public.
And for comedy value the article from David Taylor being Leighton Andrews was hillarious - more of that please Blamer
- At 3:31 pm, said...
That's politics I guess - Plaid have a real dilemma: either they play ball with the losers and get drawn into the crappiness of Laboru, or they take a big gamble and talk coalition. Thats brave but risky. Nothigin woudl bring Wales back to a rotten Laboru party than a ccrap coalition with Tories and Fibbies. That said, a good coalition, mature and well-run and with some consensual cooperative spirit, could finish Labour off everywhere but in Leighton Andrews's and Huw Lewis 's' (big maj and little maj for short) fantasies.
- At 4:03 pm, said...
Dave - you really need to get a life. Is your life really so empty that you need spend all of it in front of a computer typing (one handed, no doubt) insults about people you don't even know? Try getting off your arse and doing something constructive like standing for election yourself. Or shut the fuck up.
- At 4:08 pm, Blamerbell said...
dave, sort your enema out. it's swearing.
- At 4:33 pm, said...
Sorry. Consider myself told. Still reckon he needs to lighten up, though...
- At 5:09 pm, said...
wow, there's some angry people out there. Fancy having an opinion and expressing it on a blog! Keep pushign Mr enema , you might finally get it alll out...
They must be hearing your straining bowels through the corridors of Transport House as I type (one-handed, the other, as you rightly surmise, is free to wipe you clean away)
- At 6:26 pm, said...
Can we talk about something interesting boys yawwwwwwwwnnnnnn
- At 7:50 pm, said...
For the further benefit of Times readers: Shropshire is really East Powys.
- At 11:28 pm, said...
"So, in the end, the politicians will decide the composition of the next assembly government. And the people might not be best pleased."
Perhaps we don't care because we cannot do anything about it. Or perhaps we care more because we now have blogs where we can express our views with hope that someone may take notice. But I doubt it.
We had our say with a vote , now it's up to the winners and the faceless in the Bay what happens next. Somehow it does not feel democratic. Maybe we no longer trust our elected representatives.