I hear strong rumours that tomorrow's Western Mail is going to report that Rhodri Morgan has decided to soldier on as a 'Minority Government' after next May's Assembly election if Labour manage to scrape 27 seats. They will do well to win 25, let alone 27. This is interesting because even a 27 Labour representation would need a majority of AMs to vote him in as First Minister. I just do not think the other parties would do it. And quite a few Labour AMs wouldn't want to either.
Now, despite Christine Gwyther's uplifting description of me as Nick Bourne's 'right-hand-man' in the Chamber today, I do not have any inside knowledge whatsoever about this. But I would be in favour of refusing to vote him in as First Minister. Coming back with even 27 would be a strong enough message that it is time for a change. And if Labour insist on presenting him as their choice to be First Minister a second time, I would expect the second biggest party (which I anticipate will be the new, modern, reasonable, Welsh Conservatives) to form an Assembly Government instead. Perhaps this is what Christine meant when she described me as a 'right-hand-man'.