Whilst channel surfing last night (there is rarely anything good on a Thursday) I stumbled across ITV’s coverage of the “Wales Yearbook 08 - Welsh Political Awards” ceremony. I felt duty bound to watch and was intrigued at the outcome in some of the categories. Here is a summary of the results:
AM to Watch: Andrew RT Davies
MP To Watch: Jenny Willott
Campaigner of the Year: Nerys Evans
Local Politician: John Davies (Independent Councillor)
AM of the Year: Edwina Hart
MP of the Year: Paul Murphy
Politician of the Year: Lord Ellis Thomas
Lifetime Achievement Award: Dafydd Wigley
I was especially interested in three of the categories.
AM of the year Edwina Hart has had a controversial year, what with her plans to place herself and future Ministers for Health slap bang in the middle of the NHS in Wales. This move has caused opposition AMs to openly accuse her of over politicising the body and of expanding the realm of government too far.
But I can totally understand why she won this award. She is a ferocious politician and no matter what the opposition parties threw at her in the chamber she swatted them aside with a glare and some socialist rhetoric. I for one would not like to mess with Edwina Hart when she was angry!
What interested me about this selection was that I wondered why no one is talking up Edwina Hart as a possible successor to Rhodri Morgan? There is a lot of talk about Carwyn Jones and Huw Lewis both of whom don’t appear to carry the profile of Edwina Hart and don’t (as far as I can gather) command the respect that she does amongst fellow politicians. I’m certain that she would be the last pick of a centrist Labour Government in Westminster who would want to avoid having such an out and out lefty in charge of Wales, but I still dont understand why she wouldn’t at least campaign for the leadership? Only time will tell.
MP of the Year went to Paul Murphy which interested me because since he became Secretary of State for Wales, there seems to have been nothing but squabbling going on between the Bay and Westminster. The other MPs cant have done much this year if Mr Murphy took home the title.
Dafydd Wigley was presented with the lifetime achievement award, I wonder if this will help him in his push to become Lord Wigley?
Well those were my main pick ups from the evening, let me know if you agree with the results!
Hwyl am y tro
P.S Next year I hope we will have an invite