Tuesday, 20 December 2016

How long will it be before Dafydd El criticises his new friends?

So what exactly is former  Plaid Cymru leader Lord Elis-Thomas  position?
He has confirmed that he will be supporting the Welsh Government during this Assembly term – effectively handing Labour an overall majority. But as yet hasn't crossed the floor and joined the  Labour Party
He resigned from Plaid in October and now sits as an Independent AM representing Dwyfor Meirionnydd. At the time of his resignation, he told us that instead of adopting 
a “narrow oppositionist stance”, Plaid should have negotiated a coalition with Labour after May’s Assembly election.
He said,

He said at the time
“In fact, I think Plaid made a mistake in 2011 when it fought an election opposing Labour after being in coalition in the One Wales Government for four years. They should have carried on working with Labour. I am in politics to achieve things for my constituents and for Wales. I believe that could best be achieved by working collaboratively with Labour.”

But he said there was no question of his joining the Labour Party: 

“If they want my vote, they will have to ask me for it, as Labour did in Westminster when I was an MP from the 1970s. Labour has not asked me to join – I don’t think they would want me to. And I wouldn’t if they asked me.”
Now he has told BBC Wales:

 “Following my recent discussions with the First Minister I can confirm my positive intention to support the current Welsh Government for the duration of the fifth Assembly. This provides the stable majority a government needs to continue to develop devolution opportunities and negotiate a continuing relationship with mainland Europe, both key issues for the area I am proud to represent.”
Welsh Government sources insisted no offer of a Cabinet post or anything similar has been made to him.

So it appears that  Dafydd El will not at the moment  be joining "not a coalition" maybe Labour realise that his maverick tendencies  could lead to him criticising some  policies of Labour from the government benches.

He is unlikely to follow the sole Lib Dm AM in "not a coalition" the former La Pasionaria who appears to have been tamed  by her appointment to the Education Portfolio.

A spokesman for the First Minister said:

 “We said from outset of this Assembly that no one party has all the answers and we would seek to work with people across the chamber to deliver for Wales. This is all the more important given the deep divisions within the country following the vote to leave the EU. We will continue to seek to work together with others to deliver for the businesses and communities of Wales.”
I wonder if now they have a working majority vis Dafydd El's backing they will be so ready to work with other? Or is is their definition of this "So long as you vote for us",

In a statement made on Monday, a Plaid Cymru spokesperson said:
“Tomorrow, the finalised version of the budget agreed by Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Government will be published.
“Constructive working has produced the best budget seen in Wales for many years. Lord Elis-Thomas chose not to participate in that work.
“We have kept the Compact with the Welsh Government under constant review and are scheduled to discuss it at our next group meeting in the New Year. We look forward to the fruits of the Compact being published in tomorrow’s finalised budget.”
I wonder if Labour have any Plans to change this and if they do will Dafydd El agree to back it.

Will Dafydd El intention to  "support the current Welsh Government for the duration of the fifth Assembly" be total 

Will he simply vote with the Government no matter What

After all not every Labour AM agrees with government policy the argument over the M4 relief road shows this . But they either have cush ministerial jobs or simply obey the whip.

Can we really see Dafydd El constantly voting with Labour on every issue.

I wonder how long it will be that he is openly critical f the Welsh Government ?

I wonder what the Odds are?


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