Feeling your pain
Visit Aberystwyth, as Plaid delegates will over the next few days and you can't very well ignore Constitution Hill. Consti would be pretty hard to disguise too given its size. I climbed up it on New Year's Day (yes, the morning after the night before) so believe me, I should know.
But it'll be no surprise is Ieuan Wyn Jones and his troops do their best to disguise their focus on constitutional issues at this year's annual conference.
From what Mr Jones has been telling us, it'll go something like this:
1. The economy is a disaster area and we feel your pain.
[You're worried about the next bill that lands on the mat and talking about the price of petrol, not referendums and conventions. We're with you all the way, from Blackwood to Beaumaris.]
2. Gordon Brown has lost the plot.
[Labour is letting you down but to be fair, it's the PM who is ignoring your immediate needs. A billion pound to combat fuel poverty? Too little, too late. But there's not a lot our partner, Rhodri can do about it].
3. The Tories are going to win the next General Election but don't think for one minute that would be any better.
[You're not entirely convinced that Cameron can get you out of this mess are you? No, we thought not. Ever thought of voting Plaid? We still need strong representation in Westminster after all.]
4. And if there's not an awful lot Rhodri can do about it, the same goes for us.
[We're doing what we can to stand up for the ordinary people of Wales but ...]
5. We haven't got the tools to do quickly what needs to be done to ensure a supply of affordable homes, to come up with mortgage rescue schemes and so on [so can't you see? We need the tools to do the job.]
There - and all without mentioning the constitution once.
Off we go to put some flesh on the bones.
UPDATE: Just guess who else is heading up to Aberystwyth this weekend. Which Labour Government Minister could really do without being seen heading off in the same direction as Plaid? A leadership contender who won't want to be snapped supping in the same town, let alone the same bar as his Plaid colleagues?
Carwyn Jones must be cursing the timing of his college reunion.