Perhaps Ieuan Wyn Jones, Leader of Plaid Cymru in the National Assembly accepts that First Minister, Rhodri Morgan and Secretary of State for Wales, Paul Murphy have to be 'nasty' about his party at Labour's Welsh Conference this weekend. But what about the voters who supported Plaid last May? Today Rhodri promised a "no holds barred' scrap with Plaid Cymru in May's local elections. And Harriet Harman won two ovations when she launched into Labour's coalition partner. And then there's Paul Murphey. His comments are worth repeating.
"I've been called a devo-sceptic. No, I'm a devo-realist. The All-Wales Convention will be testing the waters about a referendum on Assembly powers. It is understandable that people debate these issues. However, as a party committed to social justice, we should always keep the services that matter most to people at the forefront of our thinking - schools and hospitals, tackling crime and bringing jobs to Wales. It is these things which people care about most, and so its delivering these services which should be a priority"
Nothing earth shaking in this for most of us. But its as clear as day that a referendum on law making powers doesn't even register on Paul Murphy's list of priorities - and this was the issue that led Ieuan Wyn Jones to prop up Rhodri Morgan in office last May, rather than do an Alex Salmond in Wales. You can bet that IWJ and his 'spinners'are desperately reassuring his party activists on the phone tonight with something like
"Rhodri and Paul don't really mean it. Its just that they have got to throw a bit of red meat to all those 'nasty' Labour activists - and their 'nasty' Deputy Leader from Westminster who we shouldn't take much notice of because she went straight back over the border. Anyway, you can tell that she know nothing about Wales because she described the nice Welsh Tories as 'nasty'. How ridiculous can you get. Oh, and we shouldn't worry too much about that Convention thing we promised last May, which Paul is merrily kicking into the long grass. It was only really a cover to stop us doing a deal with the Tories - and to save me from having to take the responsibility of being First Minister. It'll all turn out fine. Trust me."