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    24 May, 2007

    What's the story? Morning, Tory!

    Extract from my Rhondda Leader column today:

    I must express my astonishment that, at the time I write, it appears that Wales could be faced with the prospect of Conservatives back in government. For the first time since 1997, we could see Conservative Ministers in government here in Wales – alone of all the nations of the United Kingdom.

    The reason? It appears that Plaid Cymru, the Welsh nationalists, are willing to do a deal with the Conservatives to form a ragbag coalition to run Wales. Conservatives would get jobs in the Welsh Cabinet in exchange for supporting Plaid Cymru’s leader as First Minister of Wales.

    Is that what Plaid Cymru and Liberal Democrat voters thought they were voting for on May 3rd?

    The Welsh Assembly elections left Labour as the largest party, but without a majority. Rhodri Morgan has been talking to both the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru to try to ensure a government which reflects the majority view in Wales, and which includes Labour as the largest party. But Plaid Cymru now wants to gang up with the Conservatives and Liberals.

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