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Two and two

Betsan Powys | 16:57 UK time, Sunday, 28 September 2008

It looks as though I'd put two and two together and got five.

I'd heard the Conservative buzzwords in Birmingham - "confident decision taking".

I'd listened to their own description of the process of granting more powers to the Assembly as "a cumbersome procedure ... unsatisfactory".

And I'd assumed that this week we'd finally get to hear how Lord Wyn Roberts believes David Cameron could sort it all out in government.

Lord Roberts' interim report was delivered in July. For a while it was 'sitting on David Cameron's desk'. Now I'm told it's been read by 'a handful' of people, some of whom had fervently hoped it would be unveiled here in Birmingham, making clear the party's position on granting more powers to the Assembly.

But it won't be. We're going to have to wait for 'some weeks, maybe months'.

Granted David Cameron can't afford to get this wrong.

Granted it's taken Nick Bourne a good while to get from leading the No campaign to leading the push for more powers to the Assembly.

But someone is going to use that word soon: dithering and that, in David Cameron's Conservative party, is not allowed.

By the way Nick Bourne has just let slip that a Conservative Government could reverse the law that prevents candidates for the National Assembly standing in both individual constituencies and on regional lists - that he's been talking to Oliver Letwin about a Tory government delivering just that.

As a priorty? The sole nugget of information gleaned from the final session of the day entitled 'a report from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland'.

No wonder we were congratulated for having "the endurance and perseverance to still be here'.

UPDATE: Come on, say the Welsh Conservatives. People on the doorsteps aren't asking us what Lord Wyn Roberts has written in his report. They're talking about schools and hospitals and ...

Re-introducting dual candidacy?

Ahem ...


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