Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Alun Davies - a symptom of a problem
The video shows a youthful Plaid Cymru activist named Alun Davies outlining his contempt for Labour's "gangsters" who misrule his country.
How ironic that the self-same Alun Davies should today be sacked from his post as a Labour minister for his blatant disregard of the rules that should bind any government minister. Behaviour that some gangsters would no doubt be proud of.
His journey from Plaid radical to Labour establishment man should be no surprise to those of us who understand the nature of political power in Wales. If you want to "get on", join Labour.
Davies took a particular route to join Labour that involved promoting nuclear power and tobacco as a lobbyist. But his path is similar to many careerists who see that Labour is the way to advance their prospects regardless of their political principles.
Little wonder that Carwyn Jones was so fed up in First Minister's Questions today - he knows he has no talent on the backbenches to replace Davies and so has had to share out his post with existing ministers.
Davies isn't the problem, he's a symptom of a far wider problem - the one-party state that Labour has created by stuffing the public and voluntary sectors with their own people. The rise of the mediocrity is almost complete.