Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Labour split on coalition !

For how long will the Welsh Labour party tolerate our ex-colonial secretary, Peter Hain to undermine the One Wales Government? We in the other parties have long considered Hain to be a liability and his latest escapade in claiming leadership of Welsh Labour from Carwyn Jones is nothing less than an attempted coup for which he should be disciplined. If you sign an agreement you stick to it otherwise you won't get another one.

This is how the BBC reported on the split within Welsh Labour:
Shadow Welsh Secretary Peter Hain has branded Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones, Deputy First Minister in the assembly government, "ineffective".

But First Minister Carwyn Jones stressed he was in charge of Welsh Labour and defended his colleague in the Labour-Plaid coalition cabinet.

It follows comments by the Plaid leader about the future of the Wales Office.

Mr Hain said it was difficult to justify having someone "as ineffective as Ieuan Wyn Jones".

It is Mr Hain's second dig at his party's coalition partners in as many days.

In a statement issued by the Welsh Labour press office on Monday, Mr Hain said that after last week's Yes vote in the referendum that "people are now asking 'what is the point of Plaid Cymru'?"

Mr Hain has now said: "Ieuan Wyn Jones wants a discussion that goes wider than the future of the Wales Office.

"I think we need to have a mature debate about the future role of the Welsh Deputy First Minister.

"Can you really justify having a Deputy First Minister in an assembly cabinet of only nine?"

He added: "It is difficult, I think, in the long-term to justify having a Deputy First Minister in the Welsh Assembly Government as ineffective as Ieuan Wyn Jones."

Both the first and deputy first ministers were asked about Mr Hain's attack when they appeared together at the Welsh Assembly Government's weekly press briefing.

Carwyn Jones said: "Those are Peter's comments. These are not comments that are issued by the government.
'Competing for votes'

"Ieuan and I know that over the next few weeks we will have to think about how we manage the process going up to the election on 5 May. We know that all parties will be competing for votes during the course of that time.

"I don't have any ineffective ministers in my government."

Asked about Mr Hain's role in the election campaign, he said: "I am the leader of the Welsh Labour Party. I anticipate leading the campaign into the assembly election, so it's my role of course to speak on behalf of the party."

The first minister later released a joint statement with Mr Hain saying voters wanted to hear Labour's plans for jobs and policing.

"This is what we are focusing on and will continue to focus on until 5 May," he said.

They added: "The blunt truth is that although there are four parties in Welsh politics, there are only two futures for Wales. A country that is fair and equal with Labour, or a Wales that faces death by a thousand Conservative and Lib Dem cuts."

Ieuan Wyn Jones has said Labour and Plaid will need to discuss how they part company to fight the election campaign after four years in coalition.

Last month the Plaid leader reacted angrily to anonymous briefings against him from critics in the Labour Party.

The Conservatives' leader in the assembly, Nick Bourne, said Carwyn Jones's comments were a "public slap-down" for Mr Hain.

Plaid MP Jonathan Edwards said: "There is clearly a power struggle ongoing within the Labour party in Wales and Mr Hain is out of control."

Liberal Democrat AM Peter Black said: "There will be many people who are now confused about who speaks for Welsh Labour - Peter Hain or Carwyn Jones."

It will be interesting to see how Labour will approach coalition government if they fail to get an overall majority on May 5th, it won't be easy for Labour thanks to Hain's ill thought out comments.


Plaid Whitegate said...

Is this the same Peter Hain who "blamed" Plaid for insisting on the referendum on greater powers? Is he related to the Peter Vain who claimed credit for winning that poll?
The orange buffoon is a joke, even within his own party. Many still don't trust the former lib dem and he's trying very hard to come over as the Labour loyalist.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

...but his blame culture was enough to convince four Labour Councillors in Wrecsam to join the No campaign. The sad part about Peter Hain is that he doesn't act in the best interest of the people of Wales, partisan Labourites like him never have done.

Anonymous said...

I guess Hain would the one to go to if you want to have a debate about ineffectiveness. He's a leading exponent of the practice. I struggle to think of any measures he took to improve the lot of the people in Wales while in power. It's only in opposition that he seems to have found his voice. Voicing concern over issues he conveniently ignored in government.

glynbeddau said...

Surely Peter Hain was the man who delivered the referendum?

He certainly claimed this on the day of the count when the result became clear. Not mentioning previous statements, that it was winnable and criticizing Plaid for forcing it as part of the One Wales agreement

It was truly amazing to see him rewriting History before it was even made.

We all know that Welsh Secretary (or Shadow) is considered the lowest job in the Cabinet in Westminster. The fact that he hasn't risen higher in the Cabinet pecking order speaks volumes.