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Lord, Hear our prayer?

Betsan Powys | 12:13 UK time, Saturday, 12 September 2009

hansard-460x230.jpgWhat's Plaid's position on the row about whether the bilingual record of proceedings in the Assembly - its version of Hansard in parliament - should be maintained?

They've just passed an emergency motion which says Plaid "is strongly of the opinion that the intention of the Assembly Commission not to translate in writing speeches from English into Welsh made at Assembly plenaries is unacceptable and Conference calls on the Commission to reverse its decision".

Now we know, though it seems some key and senior figures disagree - and I'm not talking about the Presiding Officer, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas here. It's only 'certain kind of nationalists' who set such store by this sort of thing, said one - a delegate who won't have applauded that particular motion which sailed through conference.

The loudest burst of applause heard so far? I think it's fair to say it was for Angus Robertson, the SNP's parliamentary leader, over his defence of the Scottish government's decision to free Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi - the "Libyan bomber". They liked it a lot. Scottish democracy, said Mr Robertson had grown in stature. More applause.

They liked this line too:

"At the next Westminster election we need to elect a record number of Plaid and SNP MPs to form what I'm calling a Celtic Bloc, a block on cuts and services like the NHS, a block on financial attacks on the Welsh Assembly and Scottish Governments and a strong force in Parliament that stands up for the real priorities and values of people in Wales and Scotland".

Quid pro quo for such a warm reception? Did I hear him drop in a 'think different?' On message or what?


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