In his first blog for Caerphilly Observer, Caerphilly’s Labour MP Wayne David shows there is still no love lost locally between his party and Plaid Cymru – despite it being Valentine’s Day.
This is my first blog for the Caerphilly Observer. I hope it will be read (and discussed) widely.
As I see it, my words are meant to provide a ‘gutsy’ commentary on what is happening in Caerphilly and Westminster. I will pass comment on topical issues and, on occasions, some will see my comments as controversial. So here goes….
As we move closer to the Spring, people are beginning to think about the Welsh Assembly Powers Referendum on March 3 and the Welsh Assembly Elections on May 5. I really hope there will be a reasonable turn-out on March 3 and that the people of Caerphilly (and Wales) will vote “Yes” in sizeable numbers.
I also hope that the good voters of the Caerphilly Constituency will vote for Jeff Cuthbert, the Labour Candidate in the Assembly. To add a bit of spice to the campaign I am, today, launching a public competition.
The competition is about Ron Davies. He is Plaid Cymru’s candidate for the Caerphilly Assembly seat and, as most people know, Ron was the Labour MP and AM for Caerphilly before he ‘jumped ship’, and turned his back on the Labour Party which had given him so much.
After Ron left Labour, being a man of great principle as we know, he linked up with another turncoat called John Marek.
John had been Labour as well but he had fallen out with his local Labour Party. He and Ron were the two leading lights in a new party called Forward Wales. This was, we were told, going to transform Welsh politics. It got nowhere fast and has now been disbanded.
Next, our man of principle, Ron that is, became an “Independent” and stood for the council.
He was elected by the good people of Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen who, presumably, believed he should have a second chance. But, the next ‘port of call’ for brother Ron was Plaid Cymru – a party he had railed against back in 1979 when he was strongly anti-devolution. Seeing no contradiction in being an Independent on the council and a Plaid Cymru party member, he soon became Plaid’s Welsh Assembly Candidate for Caerphilly.
My competition is about where he will go next. His good friend John Marek has ended up supporting the Conservatives. Will Ron follow suit? Or, will Ron try one of the exotic minor parties after he has made use of Plaid? This is the question.
Could anyone who has an inkling of where Ron might go next, please drop me a line. The prize will be a copy of ‘The Prince’. It will be signed by the great man himself – no not Machiavelli but Ron.
I will give Ron six months, at the most, before he will be looking for new ’friends’.
Labour MP for Caerphilly