Thursday, November 29, 2007

'Bring it on' you thickos

You soon get out of things when you move on. It wasn't until I watched S4/C's programme, CF99 last night, that I was reminded of what a cunning fox is the National Assembly's Presiding Officer, Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas. To begin with, I thought he'd been to Asda and bought up the entire stock of £30 bottles of Dom Perignon that are supposed to be on offer at the moment - and that's what I call a loss leader. His Lordship treated Vaughan Roderick, a hugely talented and experienced BBC journo as if he was a 'thick' schoolboy. Because its the season of goodwill, I will describe Dafydd El's performance as 'merely self-confident'.

My immediate reaction was "He's up to no good" - or at least something he doesn't want the rest of us to know about. The basic message he wanted to enunciate (and I suspect the only reason he had graced CF99 with his presence) was that the law making process brought in by the Government of Wales Act is so simple to understand that only a real 'thicko' can't grasp it. It was so exasperating for him to have to answer the tiresome questions of the two such obvious thickos that the S4/C had seen fit to put before him. Well, Dafydd El is wrong. Its not simple to anyone who is not part of the political 'village' - and not all of those. Peter Hain clearly doesn't think that Assembly Members understand it, because he took time out of his busy timetable to go to Cardiff yesterday to explain it to them. Perhaps he thinks that they are all thickos. Basically, Peter told all 59 (better not include Dafydd El here) that they shouldn't treat MPs as if they are all interfering thickos as well.

So what is his Lordship up to? What's his agenda? And then my light came on, and the strategy came into focus - a bit like those wierd posters which are all spots until you stare at them and after a while a picture emerges. Plaid Cymru actually want a rumpus with MPs. The bigger the rumpus the better. I wonder how many chosen ones from other parties (note the plural) are in on this game. This is how it works.

If the National Assembly bang enough of these Legislative Competence Orders down the M4, its going to be impossible for the Welsh Affairs Committee to keep up (the WAC are supposed to debate these before they are formally submitted to Westminster). Already 8 or 9 LCOs have winged their way to Westminster and only 1 has been debated by the WAC - and on that occasion the Assembly Minister, Jane Hutt told the MPs to 'mind their own business'. Huge row coming up. Plaid AMs practising synthetic outrage already. Either the WAC are frustrating the will of the Welsh people by causing unreasonable delay - or the Assembly Government goes ahead without them and sends the LCOs to Westminster without WAC debate. Either way its a mega row. The current law making system turns out not to be working after all - even though its so simple that only a thicko doesn't understand it. Ergo - the only answer is a Yes vote in the referendum on whether the Assembly should be granted law making powers without any reference to MPs at all. Give the Lord another biscuit - or another glass of Dom Perignon, if there's any left. What a star he is.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

rings true glyn but I still thought elis tomos was insufferable last night. you are too kind to him

Glyn Davies said...

anon - the Lord moves in mysterious ways. I did not like the way he performed on CF99 last night, but he clearly had his purpose. I forgive him because its in a good cause!!

Aran said...

Dadansoddiad da iawn - ond gan ystyried mae Dafydd Elis Thomas ydi hwn, mi fetia i chdi bod ambell olwyn arall o fewn y olwynion ti wedi'u nodi...;-)

Glyn Davies said...

aran - gobeithio na fydd e'n gael twll mewn olwyn!

Anonymous said...

only now you've realised that strategy.. you must be one of daf el's team of not so bright people then!

Ordovicius said...

Im not convinced completely by your conspiracy theory, Glyn. I think Del Boy very much sees the Assembly's constitution and the legislative process as his "baby" and his reaction to Vaughan was that of a mother bear defending her cub.

Glyn Davies said...

anon - it looks as if ordo is a thicko as well. If Sanddef is right and his Lordship was just being protective of 'his baby', all I can say is that he was not doing a very good job of it. I still prefer my theory, which you clearly share.

Ordovicius said...

If Sanddef is right and his Lordship was just being protective of 'his baby', all I can say is that he was not doing a very good job of it.

Well the image I used was a mother-bear defending her cub. I don't know what image that brings to your mind, Glyn, but the one it brings to mine isn't pretty. ;)

Glyn Davies said...

sanddef - I'm told that his Lordship was even more 'protective' of his 'cub' off air. I'm told it was not a pretty sight at all.