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Going, going ...

Betsan Powys | 15:53 UK time, Sunday, 27 September 2009

01.jpgNo date, no details but this was the speech of a man who is going:

'I"ll be announcing, before too long, the exact details of how and when the election of my successor is going to take place'.

You don't talk about successors unless you're planning to go pretty soon - my version of 'before too long'. At a guess his possible successors won't be too unhappy with that. There were mutterings that clear signals had been given he'd be going this Sunday and that this was getting 'silly'. At least they must now glean from his speech that the race is about to begin.

This way they get a chance to see faces, old and new in Brighton and work out whose support is in the bag, who's not quite in the bag and who would tell them where to shove their bag.

Spare a thought for my colleague in the newsroom who wasn't sure what to call the quotations from Mr Morgan's speech. He plumped for 'Rhodri doesn't announce departure date' - does what it says on the tin.

Meanwhile the Welsh language version of news online is struggling. Gordon Brown liked the one about how Labour 'have temporarily mislaid that magic recipe for blending mushy peas of old Labour with the guacamole of new Labour' but ... lost in translation I think.


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