Is anyone else genuinely surprised that Gordon Brown has allegedly been blocking Dafydd Wigley’s ascension to the House of Lords? If it’s true I wonder what the motive behind this action is. It’s been almost 12 months since the selection by Plaid of Mr Wigley and two others, former AM Janet Davies and Eurfyl ap Gwilym, was made. When the “Prince of Darkness” Peter Mandelson came back into government, he was made a Baron faster than you could say “resignation”.
Whilst the official line at the moment is that Plaid did not follow correct procedure, I do wonder how much truth there is in that. But the argument that Brown is purposefully blocking the decision by Plaid seems a little farfetched. Would a couple more dissenting voices in the Lords really have that much of an impact on the stuttering Brown premiership? Surely this was a golden opportunity for Brown to win some friends with the Nationalist movement whilst giving not all that much up in return. So I am a little confused. Had the whole Nick Bourne thing not kicked off (and been prolonged by the Western Mail) I wonder if this story would have had more coverage?
I doubt we’ll get an answer any time soon, seeing as Mr Brown can put off dealing with this thorny issue by saying “Sorry I’m too busy saving the World.” So I will have to remain frustratingly out in the cold wondering what the motives of the Government are on this one, because I simply don’t understand why they would want to tick more people off. Of course it could be that Plaid are simply rubbish at paperwork!
Any thoughts are welcome