Thursday, 16 October 2008

What if...

Following on from Senedd Whip's earlier post speculating on Eluned Morgan MEP's gap two-years, my mind started to wonder or even wander over a glass or two of wine.

What if... Welsh Labour have designs on Eluned Morgan becoming leader in Wales. She is a woman and we all know that they prefer equal representation in Welsh democracy (and even in the civil service, moving on to Dame Gillian Morgan from Sir Jon Shortridge).

What if... Jane Davidson AM was persuaded to 'resign' her seat in the National Assembly, after all, it could be for personal reasons and she hasn't got to disclose them if she leaves sooner than expected. No scandal over an unnecessary by-election. She's already forewarned us about her intention to stand down in 2011.

What if... First Minister Rhodri Morgan considers it a good idea to prolong the leadership contest, after all he's feeling better and healthier than he has done for years; and is known for supporting Labour-friends above and beyond the call of duty, as seen with Ministers Jane and Jane.

What if... a by-election was called in Pontypridd before 2011 and a certain leading figure in Welsh Labour and constituent friend of Rhodri's was 'convinced' to stand for the good of the party, and won.

What if... the leadership contest of the Welsh Labour party was then held after a reasonable and respectable amount of time post by-election, and certain 'said constituency friend' of Rhodri Morgan had the backing of the man himself, the Welsh Labour party, and the unions.

This would - of course - annoy quite a few members in the process.

They say that 'What if...' is a game for scholars, of which I am not... but... what if...


Democritus 16 October 2008 at 12:35  

if Labour were so foolish as to trigger an unnecessary by-election I suspect the electorate of Ponty or anywhere else would punish them.

Anonymous 16 October 2008 at 13:14  

Don't be daft

James Hardie 16 October 2008 at 13:43  

I am disappointed with this post.

Ms Morgan is a talented politician wasted in the European parliament. It is only proper that she should consider her future and make plans for her next step. This might be into parliament or it might be to fight for a seat at the next Assembly. She would make an excellent First Minister and is exactly the kind of person we in Wales should be promoting as representative of the Labour Movement.

A few weeks ago a number of commentators were mentioning that Ms Morgan might replace the excellent Karen Sinclair, if she had to permanently stand down because of ill health. Now a potential vacancy in Pontypridd is being mentioned. This speculation in the first instance is insulting and in the second unhelpful. Floating such a speculative idea is dangerous to the wider party.

Despite a great fight back by Brown now is not the time to risk finances and effort on a by-election Labour should, but are by no means guaranteed, to win. The economic situation is so unstable that anything could happen politically within a six week period.

Misswagstaff should be more careful that her comments support excellent labour party politicians rather than sink to an unhelpful paranoia that only helps our enemies.

Anonymous 16 October 2008 at 14:05  

"Ms Morgan is a talented politician wasted in the European parliament."

... erm, what's she ever done?

People say she's been strong on the Welsh language - but she was against Jill Evans's (PC) efforts to get official status for Welsh.

She's Labour hack who's never had a proper job.

Anonymous 16 October 2008 at 14:09  

Who needs a Labour Press Officer when you have James Hardie on your side?

Anonymous 16 October 2008 at 22:51  

What if.....

You go and take a running jump into Cardiff Bay 'Pippa'?

You Tories just don't get it do you?

You can't win elections in Wales so you are reduced to writing crap like this blog.

Anonymous 16 October 2008 at 23:12  

Miss Wagstaff how can you allow comments like the one directly above? They are far too witty for their own good.

You must be getting to someone.

Keep up the good work!!!

Aled 17 October 2008 at 09:30  

This is an interesting speculative post, Wagstaff.

Forget about the Labour trolls that hammer anonymous comments at your blog. Like many have said - their government isn't working, does nothing substantial for Wales and they just don't like criticism.

Anonymous 17 October 2008 at 10:54  

Ordovicius sees himself as a Labour/Plaid troll these days. Did you know that he's behind most of the comments?

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