The latter hasn't been very prominent i this campaign and must be cursing that Leanne Wood has been attracting so much publicity ,. To the extent that she was "taken of " on Dead Ringers on BBC Four (Though all they did was use a Cod Welsh Accent).
But maybe Carwyn and Owen would be wise to keep their heads down or the reality of their position may become clear
There is supposed to be no problem who is in charge of Labour in Scotland its Jim Murphy but it became clear of his real status when n a TV debate last Tuesday the former Scottish Secretary promised that Labour would not need to make “further cuts to achieve our spending rules” in the next parliament.
He claimed projections by the Institute of Fiscal Studies meant that, as well as bringing spending reductions to a halt, there would be scope to increase spending on government departments by £9.2billon by 202
However Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls contradicted Mr Murphy’s claim that no spending cuts would be needed after 2016.
In a further blow, Shadow Business Secretary Chukka Umunna appeared to tell Mr Murphy to know his place when asked about the issue in a TV interview.
ut speaking on BBC’s Daily Politics, Mr Umunna said:
“The leader of the Scottish Labour party will not be in charge of the UK budget. The leader of the country, the next Prime Minister, Ed Miliband, will be in charge of the UK budget.”
Some may think fair enough but it does mean that Labour should not be making promises in Scotland and Wales that are more appealing to voter there and here but is not the polciy of their London Masters.
There is no clear red water running between London and Cardiff or Edinburgh '
We can only speculate how much consolation there was on the 117 words on Wales or the two paragraphs om Scotland whether the Branch Managers were consulted .
So remember when reading the Labour leaflets promising to fight or reverse the Con/LibDem cuts no such thing will happen '
They are in fact committed t making further cuts and Neither Jim Murphy i Scotland or Alas Smith and Jones in Wales will have any say in on whose neck it will fall on.