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Betsan Powys | 10:05 UK time, Thursday, 5 August 2010

Greetings from the Maes!

I'm sorry if the blogging's been a little light this week, but here's a quick guide to what's been happening....

The rumours about what happened at S4C have been making the rounds, as bosses tried their best to avoid turning a media drama into a crisis.

On Tuesday night, the chair of the Authority, John Walter Jones quashed rumours of any wrongdoing by the former chief executive, Iona Jones; "we wouldn't have thanked her had she done anything wrong" seems to be the gist of what he was saying.

Yesterday, Carwyn Jones edged closer to launching the "Yes" campaign of the referendum on the Assembly's powers. His point was that a no vote would mean the UK government seeing no need to reform the way Wales is funded.

A chat with the Treasury, however, should lay to rest his fears. A spokesman said that reforming the way Wales is funded isn't a priority. But that has nothing to do with the Assembly's referendum, it's to do with the fact that the priority for them right now is to reduce the UK's budget deficit.

And so to today. Ieuan Wyn Jones' speech on devolving the broadcasters to the Welsh Assembly Government, it seems, hasn't gone down too well with some of his AMs. Former Culture Minister, Rhodri Glyn Thomas told the Western Mail today that the party needs a "coherent message" ahead of next year's Assembly elections.

He also has a bit of a dig at the party's campaign during this years' General Election. Here's a snippet for you:

"It's certainly the case that we failed to get a clear message across during the General Election campaign. Going on about the TV leadership debates is the only thing many people remember."

Ouch. Add to that talk of very "frank and lively" discussions within the party after the campaign, and you get the feeling as is not as well as it could be. There are a lot of Plaid's rank and file on the maes. I'm off to find out what they think...


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