Here's one we prepared earlier
Doesn't time fly.
A fortnight ago I was in London watching Jane Hutt giving evidence to the Welsh Select Committee on the additional learning needs LCO. If I needed a crash course in "attitudes at both ends of the M4 to devolving more powers to the Assembly", that was it.
A week ago the Welsh Secretary came to the Senedd and chided BBC Wales for giving the impression that Labour MPs are obstacles in the process towards further devolution. Later that night on S4C's CF99 the Presiding Officer seemed to join him in a pincer movement, attacking us daft journalists for making out there were problems where there were none. If anything, we were the problem.
Today (though I see it's very nearly yesterday - I really have to control these late blogging urges) another LCO started on its long procedural journey. We, in line with others, reported on how the powers around affordable housing might be put to work, how using them to suspend the right to buy council houses might affect you and your family, or your area.
We didn't make anything of the fact that here, once again, an LCO has been published before Whitehall clearance has been given. If you remember Dr Hywel Francis, Chair of the Welsh Select Committee, wasn't keen on that idea at all. Joint scrutiny good; parallel scrutiny bad. The Assembly might be anxious not to waste time with its first few LCOs but Dr Francis wanted to work 'as closely as possible' with the Assembly in future. In other words, don't do it again.
I have a note saying "can't see it happening again" in my notebook which must be the impression I got from Jane Hutt.
So now it has happened again, what next? Will Welsh MPs, will the Welsh Secretary, choose to make anything of it? Or am I just foreseeing problems where they really don't exist?
By the way as far as comments go: strident is good, opinionated is great, libellous is very, very bad. I nearly approved one today that hid behind 'women's intuition' ... until someone pointed out that isn't, oddly enough, a defence in court.