LABOUR is burning its bridges with Plaid Cymru but is on track to form a minority Assembly Government, according to one of Wales’ leading political experts.A Conservative/Lib Dem/Plaid Cymru coalition broached here is a possibility, but I guess not a strong one- so, Labour again, is set to be in control in Cardiff?
Richard Wyn Jones, director of Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre, believes Welsh Labour is successfully carving out a niche as a defender of Wales against the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Westminster Government.
He expects Plaid Cymru will lose ground in next year’s Assembly election and does not think Labour’s rivals will form a three-way coalition. Based on last month’s polling evidence, he expects Labour to win 30 seats, Plaid 12, the Conservatives 11 and the Liberal Democrats seven.
"It seems to me Labour is very quickly carving out a particular niche in terms of the message: ‘We are the defenders of Wales against this Government which is potentially alien to the values of Wales.""Alien to the values of Wales" would be defined in which way, I wonder? How would "Welsh" "values" differ from those existing, for example, in NE England and Scotland?
I mentioned last month the risks involved in Scottish Labour taking too strident an anti-Westminster (or English, if you prefer, line), same scenario may well also apply to their comrades in Wales.