Meetings in the corridors of power?


The spring conference season ended in Llangollen earlier this month with the Conservatives offering an olive branch to the opposition parties at the assembly.

The assembly members are back in Cardiff Bay after the Easter break and at his first press briefing, the leader of the Tories at the Assembly Andrew RT Davies was asked what he meant when he talked about building a "coalition of ideas".

Is it a genuine attempt to bring the opposition leaders closer together in order to challenge Labour?

This may well still be the case but we learnt there is nothing formal going on behind the scenes.

Andrew RT Davies says he does not need to arrange talks as the assembly is not like Westminster and he bumps into the other party leaders four or five times day.

Is this what we mean by the corridors of power?

Any talk of a coming together of the opposition parties has always appeared improbable because of the difference in the personalities and policies of Andrew RT Davies and the left-leaning leader of Plaid Cymru Leanne Wood.

Nevertheless, Andrew RT says he wants to "transcend boundaries" and "smash the glass windows" as he forms his "coalition of ideas".

At his briefing he said: "I am more than willing to work with any political party to solve some of the big issues.

"I do not believe that any political party has the freehold interest, although the Labour party believe they have the freehold interest over Welsh democracy.

Revealing insight

"The only way we are going to do that is to work together to shatter the glass ceiling of Labour dependence which people believe has a right to exist here in Wales.

"It has no right to exist here in Wales."

And he gave reporters a revealing insight into his frame of mind, saying: "I am not a career politician. I am someone who does not rely on it.

"Ultimately I could walk away from this tomorrow and go into another business.

"It does not make a blind bit of difference to me.

"I am here because I want to make a difference and if you want to make a difference you have to work with people and other ideas."

As is often the case, the first minister quoted a line from the leader of the Welsh Tories during First Minister's Questions when he mockingly said he would be delighted for him not to walk away but to stay until the next assembly elections in 2016.

The opposition parties know that the only way to break Labour's stranglehold on Wales is to come together, or work together in some shape or form.

The rainbow coalition came close before it fell apart in 2007 with the party leaders Nick Bourne, Ieuan Wyn Jones and Mike German at the helm. They had very different relationships with each other compared with the current batch.

Close collaboration between Andrew RT Davies, Leanne Wood and Kirsty Williams appears a long way off.

Nick Servini Article written by Nick Servini Nick Servini Political editor, Wales

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    Comment number 11.

    Most in Wales know this appalling Welsh Labour cult are Labour in name only

    They care not about the hardships and realities of living in Wales!

    They are pre-occupied with all things to do with Welshification.

    Slowly (and oh so quietly) they are set on creating a money no object Welsh Language hierarchy to control the masses who speak only English

    Labour/Plaid are in it together !

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    Comment number 10.

    Re well-loved Tory MPs. Now a third PC who met Andrew Mitchell has been sacked after 'independent enquiry', would this be a good time for the CPS to charge AM with obstructing an officer in the execution of his duties, since there is prima facie evidence of failing to obey a police officer in uniform. He could borrow Nigel's defence team.

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    Comment number 9.

    @6 Nigel Evans well publicised liesure activities together with a recent Sunday paper's expose of goings on amongst male Tory MPs and their male civil service staffers makes me think that that party is engaged in a determined "race to the bottom".

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    Comment number 8.

    Better Labour hypocrits calling feral LAs to account than a stittch up between the parties , with a 'We won't complain about your crimes if you keep quiet about ours'.

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    Comment number 7.

    #6 He is Welsh by birth but represents an English constituency as MP, ask them.

    Better use of time for Nick is finding out how many zero hours contracts being offered in Wales by public sector, I counted 4 out of 10 adverts at one LA last week.

    No point in Labour making noises about it if they are allowing it to happen at LA's they control. Hypocrites come to mind.


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