It's not Batman v Superman but this tale of Welsh rivalry is an epic in the makingBy er making the comparison anyway
David Willamson writes that
Stephen Crabb and Owen Smith will now duel on welfare reform - is there a more important subject in politics today?
Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Mr Crabb’s dramatic promotion to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in the wake of Iain Duncan Smith’s spectacular resignation means they will face each other once again.This time, the confrontations will be on some of the most contentious and important issues in modern politics. They will be locked in battles about how the state should use billions of pounds of taxpayers’ cash to care for the most vulnerable.Truly, these can be matters of life and death. If ever there was a subject to get passionate about, this is it.For Mr Crabb, welfare reform is highly personal. He grew up in a single-parent family “fully dependent on benefits” in a council house; he speaks of his mother’s journey into work with pride and wants to see others escape a “life of dependency”.
Mr Smith is also equipped with plutonium grade passion. He describes a world where disabled people are “worried sick” about cuts; when he goes on the attack he attempts to both demolish his opponent’s argument but also bring a moral energy to the argument.The people with the most at stake in the welfare debate are those who hope to break into the workforce or who are desperately concerned they will lose the resources they need to be fed and clothed.
The two have even been predicted to carry their rivalry all the way to one facing the other as Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition.
Except of course since Cameron introduced English Votes for English Laws (EVEL) it seems very unlikely that either party would elect a leader who did not represent an English Constituency.
Both are however in thier current able to reflect an Unionist dream of giving the impression of Welsh influence in UK politics , without causing a backlsah in England.
We can expect Mr Smith to find some form of Faux Socialism as the Austerity Program which his party did not oppose finally goes to far for the general public to stomach . Whilst Mr Crabb will try to give the impression the he advocate the mythical Caring Conservatives , that his party some times alluded to.
But nowhere will the two call for a reverse to the cuts , but probably claim that what is done can not be undone.
The danger for Parties like Plaid however is that the Welsh Media will use the phony war between the two to divert interest away from the Assembly and reinforce the Unionist Agenda.