If Borgen made it to the Bay

Kirsty Williams and Cameron Diaz Cameron fan: Welsh Lib Dem leader Kirsty Williams and Cameron Diaz

What's Welsh for spin doctor?

Thanks to classy, compelling political drama Borgen we know that in Danish it's 'spin doktor'.

I reckon it's probably spin ddoctor in Welsh in that case but you may know better.

Leanne Wood and Eve Myles Welsh double: Leanne Wood and Eve Myles

Why, asked the Western Mail a few days ago, can't we create tense, must-watch political drama?

Why isn't there a Welsh Borgen that makes "the political humdrum relevant, exciting and perhaps most surprisingly, human." I'm with them all the way.

Power-play exists in all parliaments, as does the humdrum.

As for strong women? Christiansborg has its fair share, but then so does the Senedd.

 Carwyn Jones and Derek Brockway Double take: Carwyn Jones and Derek Brockway

So, having run through "the perfect storm of challenges" facing the NHS in Wales, discussed whether the School Standards and Organisation Bill will do its job and the surprise in John Humphrys' voice as he asked Carwyn Jones how come Wales has so few tax payers on the 40p rate, let alone the top rate, there was a chance in yesterday's party briefings to ask one final question: if there were a Welsh Borgen, who would you want to play you?

Leanne Wood went for home-grown talent Eve Myles, while Kirsty Williams asked tentatively whether she could be so bold as to request Cameron - Diaz, not David.

"I was once compared to her," she said.

"Cameron on a very bad day, me on a very good one."

Andrew RT Davies and Carwyn Jones Change of fortunes? Opposition leader Andrew RT Davies and Carwyn Jones

What of the men?

The First Minister was in no doubt: his well-known body double, Derek Brockway. Less weatherman walking, more First Minister leaning.

But what was that about power-play? Who, I asked Andrew RT Davies, would you like to see playing the feisty leader of the opposition?

"Carwyn Jones."

See what he did there?

Tomorrow I'm heading - not to Copenhagen, but to Amsterdam - ready for the gripping drama of the Prime Minister spelling out just what "negotiating a better relationship" with the EU might mean in real life. It would "hang a close sign" around British business, says Ed Miliband.

If you're First Minister of one of the two regions in the UK that are net recipients in terms of EU funding, it sounds unwelcome and dangerous. For the first time, says Carwyn Jones, "there is serious concern about whether the interests of Wales can be advanced effectively in Europe by the UK Government".

No doubt Conservatives in the Bay would suggest he'd do well to concentrate on his own efforts to boost the Welsh economy. Mr Jones is in Turkey on a trade mission, with the Conservatives' condemnation of "lazy Labour's £200million export fall" ringing in his ears.

The First Minister will spread "the message that Wales is open for business" say his own side.

See what they did there?

Betsan Powys Article written by Betsan Powys Betsan Powys Former political editor, Wales

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    Comment number 19.

    ... could Cythraul be right when he writes at #16 ...

    "... how very fortunate you now are to have such figures in Welsh civic life."

    ... the second time of reading and I felt inclined to doff my cap, to have a sense of subservience.

    ... then of course I awoke, the days of cap doffing in Wales are long gone Cythraul, is this subservience a component part of your "Brave New World"?

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    Comment number 18.

    ... #13, I'm not sure what age has to do with the price of fish Fo, when you call Betsan's contributors "old men" you display a degree of prejudice, if I called a fellow workers "old men" It would be considered discrimination, and quite rightly so.

    ... but even if the contributors were silver haired, were miserable or humourless or even angry, do these attributes deny them the right to speak?

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    Comment number 17.

    #13 '
    ' Y Bae would be a great title. '

    Sure would. You could have English subtitles and sell it to the Yorkshire regions as Y Bae Gwm.

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    Comment number 16.

    To whom it may concern -

    Criticise the politicians in the National Assembly all you want. Call them all the names under the sun. Denigrate them, patronise them, scorn them, ignore them. Take you pick. Like them. Love them even!

    As you do so, just bear in mind how very fortunate you now are to have such figures in Welsh civic life. It's been a long time coming.

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    Comment number 15.

    13 Fo - Glad to see you back with your usual childish comments. However, given you political views, I am not suprised that you find it difficult to separate fact from fiction.

    11 Sedwot- in the final anaysis it is perhaps down to the parents to accept responsibilty for truancy. My point was - that as ever Betsan refuses to comment on reports that are critical of the WAG

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    Comment number 14.

    It seems the Labour party want repatriation of some laws to UK as wel,l if EdM speech is to be believed.


    So is CJ not relevant enough to be made aware of change of tack by UK Labour party.

    As for visiting Turkey which is a country with a history in crushing opposition in the country, participation in alleged state sponsored assasination.????

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    Comment number 13.

    Re 6

    Glad to see that the new year has not removed the paranoia that eats away at some people! Even on this subject you all just show yourselves to be miserable, humourless angry old men. You remind me of the paranoid right wing gun toting nutters in the USA.

    Borgen is much too good for you.

    Y Bae would be a great title. Such a series would be welcomed in enlightened places like Denmark.

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    Comment number 12.

    Glasnost does make a good point; to create drama out of politics you need politics to have real drama. The Welsh Assembly was created with "consensus" in mind.
    We have consensus...much too much of it. The political class of all hues in Wales agree not to discuss real life issues that actually have a bearing on the future of the Country. No drama..just farce!

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    Comment number 11.

    Decentjohn: I took my local secondary school to task over their poor attendance figures and truancy record. The Head wrote back saying that 20% of their absenteeism comes from 2% of their pupils and that, although the WAG was measuring the school on its absenteeism record, the LA was actually responsible for dealing with that persistent 2%. Something that they failed to do.

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    Comment number 10.

    There is no life in the Bay Betsan as most Welsh AM’s are dull and BORRING – No intellect, No Buzz, No Flair but good at destroying Wales through ‘Social Engineering’ – I’d rather watch paint go dry!

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    Comment number 9.

    Lets hope our FM explains the 'benefit' of coming to Wales,rather than say Bristol,as we speak welsh,and they dont,so there!!.Our FM is 'pathetic' in flouncing around,whilst reality is coming home to roost.As far as EU is concerned we should get out of the current 'racket' as soon as possible.We should re-patriate powers and return them all to Westminster and sort out our own agriculture/fishing.

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    Comment number 8.

    Really Cythraul? "Come on S4C"? How is S4C going to realistically portray the Assembly as Welsh speaking when we all know that behind the scenes (as in front of the cameras) Welsh is not used in the Assembly.

    Perhaps the only respect in which the Assembly replicates life in Wales.

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    Comment number 7.

    no one there at the moment soylant green for us all

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    Comment number 6.

    And your point, Betsan, in confusing TV drama with politics is what?

    Would a commentary on the failure of the WAG to address truancy be of a liitle more value? Probably but we are unlikely to get any commentary from you that is critical of the WAG. What a sad reflection of the political bias within BBC Wales

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    Comment number 5.

    Meanwhile HOC and HOL unanimously pass Scottish Referendum Order. Plastic democracy: cheap an easy to mould.

    “I could not consent to the introduction into our national life of a device so alien to all our traditions as the referendum,”
    The Right Hon Clement Attlee MP - British Primeminister 1945-1951 (Labour)

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    Comment number 4.

    ... if it's the will of the people Cameron cannot get it wrong, and he just might be weak enough to be bullied into calling a referendum, then the cat would be amongst the pigeons because the polls put the electorate at even.

    On the other hand, there is an urgent need to reform the EU, and in this matter other countries are in agreement.

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    Comment number 3.

    What's your point Betsan?

    Looks like you're being paid by the word - to put it bluntly...

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    Comment number 2.


    Love Borgen. Absolute class. Come on S4C!

    Mr Cameron's playing with constitutional fire as far as Wales and the EU are concerned, but since when does Wales get heard in the Big Bad Smoke? It'll be the UK's funeral if he gets this wrong, and I suspect he knows it!

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    Comment number 1.

    Leanne Wood and Eve Myles
    Body Doubles. Sure.
    AS a MCP I must say 'Mine's alright, but I don't fancy yours much'


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