Scotland 0 - 1 Wales

While there's little chance of a scoreline like that in football at the moment, we are at least pushing ahead with the business of running our country.

Seems that the chaps up north are too busy arguing over the size of each other's cabers to get on with electing a presiding officer, so they've postponed it until next week.

In the Senedd, this afternoon, Dafydd Elis Thomas will win the top job, with Labour's Rosemary Butler set to be his deputy.

I'm off to witness the mêlée and to see if I can detect any hints from the body language of the party leaders. It's rumoured that Mike German will sacrifice his usual seat on the right side of the chamber to sit on Rhodri Morgan's lap instead.

Just back from the Senedd. Rosemary Butler was elected Deptuty Presiding Officer, as expected. She received a hearty round of applause and even a couple of requests to sing. This opens up a potential can of worms in the event of a Plaid-Labour agreement, which you can read about HERE.

I was there today as brother of one of the newly elected AMs. We have a very small family and I was the only one who could make it. It's a daunting place to have to be for a first day at work so it's important that somebody was there. I won't, therefore, report on anything I saw or heard outside what could be seen publicly.

For me, though, what was notable was how the Lib Dems marched off and left the rebellious Peter Black alone at the end of the session. It seems that all is not well in the golden camp.

In the blue camp, they're still hoping to be part of coalition negotiations. A spot quizz on the names of the new Tory intake caught the press officer unaware. The name of the new AM for Clwyd West momentarily escaped him. I expect, however, that we'll all be hearing a lot more about Darren Millar in the coming weeks and months.

As for Labour and Plaid, both looked jolly. One thing I noticed: Carl Sargeant was sitting on the front bench... surely not?

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posted by Blamerbell @ 11:21 am,


At 3:26 pm, Anonymous dave rodway said...

you run an impressively fair and dispassionately onformative blog for teh sibling of an AM. Perhaps you 're just the unifying figure they need in the Senedd?

At 3:35 pm, Anonymous Dai Evans said...

I'll second that. Being Huw Lewis's brother can't be easy, but you've stayed remarkably level-headed Blamer. Good on you!

At 4:07 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blamer is not related to Huw Lewis as far as I'm aware!

He is however the brother of a newly elected regional AM for the south wales west constituency

At 4:59 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carl Sergeant must have been left there by his carer.Did he look perplexed?

Gwil ap Tomos

At 5:14 pm, Blogger Blamerbell said...

No. Alun Pugh didn't get re-elected.

At 8:10 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our poor AM's had to sit a whole twelve minutes today. This job could be a little much for some of them. When does the summer break start? (On top of cracking a funny I actually want to know).

At 8:32 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Bethans Brawd ?

At 9:13 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Valleys Mam - you're Bethan's mam?

D. Enw

At 8:33 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Bethan ?

At 8:41 am, Blogger ianjamesjohnson said...

Plaid Cymru AM for South Wales West.


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