Fancy a cuppa?

So what happened to that cup of tea the Caerphilly MP Wayne David was supposed to have been having with Jeremy Corbyn?

The Labour leader had mentioned it on a recent visit to Wales.

Sounds like it never happened, if Mr David's comments on Radio Wales are anything to go by.

It was another full-throttle attack on the Labour leader after the vote to launch air strikes against Syria.

Wayne David was one of the Labour MPs who voted to support the government.

He's on the opposition front bench and speaks on justice matters.

Street organisation

It's worth reflecting on the kind of language he's using about his boss: "I think he has a heck of a lot to learn still and unfortunately he seems to want to change the nature of the Labour Party and create some sort of extra-parliamentary street organisation rather that recognise he's now the leader of her majesty's opposition.

"He's on a very, very big learning curve.

"It does worry me that he is behaving in quite an unfortunate manner at the moment.

"I've offered to help him. We recognise that he's been a back bencher for over 30 years, he's never really engaged before in serious parliamentary politics so a number of us have said we recognise that he's pretty green at all of this and we've offered to help him but unfortunately he seems to know better than everybody else."

On the issue of the free vote given to Labour MPs, he went on: "He was dragged screaming to make that concession, clearly he wanted to force us to vote against our conscience but a rebellion by the shadow cabinet made him back down on that, so it's not what he wanted to do.


"If he carries on as he is then the future is very bleak, he must listen to what people are saying, not just in the party but in the country as well.

"Labour party supporters are very very concerned about his attitude and his current ineffectiveness and he really has to sit down and work out what he has to do to make the Labour Party once again a coherent party of opposition let alone a party of government.

"I recognise he has been elected by the membership on a huge majority and has a clear mandate to lead the party and I believe he should continue that mandate.

"I'm not saying step down but what I am saying is that for goodness sake he has to listen and to recognise that if he wants the Labour Party to be successful he has to change his ways."

It seems open criticism within the party is something Labour are simply going to have to deal with in the months leading up to the assembly election, despite the first minister saying in his news conference last week when asked about MPs: "My advice would be no-one is going to win an election anywhere if people are openly fighting with each other. It's stunningly obvious."

Battle lines

Sticking with the first minister, he appeared in front of an audience for a special Wales Report on BBC One this week and gave some indications of how he'll approach the campaign.

It's now clear on health that Welsh Labour will be regularly using some of the latest figures from the Treasury, which put spending per head in Wales on health 1% higher than in England and 7% higher when you combine health and social services.

It's also clear that he is more than happy to engage with debates on cancer treatment, where he believes the Welsh government has a strong case.

The opposition parties will try to move the debate into wider failures to meet waiting list targets, and the failure to protect the NHS budget directly in the early years of the administration. The battle-lines are shaping up.

On education, the first minister was more open to discussing past failures than I've ever seen him, happily quoting what he said was the former education minister Leighton Andrews who claimed that previous Labour administrations took their eye off the ball with the removal of tests on literacy and numeracy.

For Labour we can expect more on GCSE results, and less on PISA rankings, and a big focus on school buildings which has been one of Carwyn Jones's favourite themes on education, often referring to so-called sheds that were used as classrooms in the 1980s.

Air miles

On the economy, there was another familiar mention of the air miles he's put in to generate record levels of inward investment.

This, probably more than any other policy, is the one that he has personally associated himself with, so we can expect much more of the same.

And finally on income tax, confirmation that Labour would not raise it when it's devolved.

There's no surprise here as he's said many times in the past that he can't envisage a scenario in which income tax would be raised or lowered in Wales at a different rate to the rest of the UK, although he did float the possibility of future governments raising it for specific projects.

Nevertheless, it is confirmation of a policy on income tax which sits in marked contrast to the Conservatives' policy to reduce the basic rate by a penny and the higher rate by five pence. The Lib Dems would reduce the basic rate by a penny.

We are yet to hear from Plaid or UKIP on what they would do with the biggest devolution so far of a tax.