Success or failure?

On the day Tony Blair left power Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru have reached an agreement in principle to create a coalition government (details of deal here pdf file). If endorsed at party conventions this will mean every nationalist party in the United Kindgom are part of the devolved executives. Should this be viewed as success for Tony Blair’s devolutionary reforms now that the Union’s structures are operated by its opponents or the fulfilment of critics worst fears that devolution would lead to dissolution?

  • Prince Eoghan

    Having nationalists in government is a disaster for those who peddle doom and gloom come election time. How can they keep us afraid of the bogeyman if by seeing them in government we are allowed to judge them for ourselves?

    Perhaps Unionist parties will be forced to run election campaigns on issues for a change.

  • Dewi

    Historic compromise here – good or bad God only knows !

  • Suilven

    ‘parties will be forced to run election campaigns on issues for a change’

    Aye, as PSF found out in the ROI recently…

  • Phil

    FD,

    There are no nationalist parties in government in England, nor is there an English executive for any nationalist party to be a part of.

  • smcgiff

    ‘There are no nationalist parties in government in England, nor is there an English executive for any nationalist party to be a part of.’

    Don’t think FD said or implied there were.

  • Dewi

    Quite a nice document actually – strong commitment to further powers and Nation building.

  • páid

    Interesting, given that the SNP and Labour are such enemies in Scotland.

    I think we need Malcolm Redfellow’s opinion on this one!

  • Prince Eoghan

    I think the difference is páid that the Lib-Dem’s blame coalition govt. in Scotland for their lack of progress there so are reluctant to be seen sharing power with the ruling labour mob when the expected electoral backlash hits. They want to be riding the wave of discontent and not allow the Tories to benefit alone. Also unlike the SNP, plaid are not really threatening Labour’s grip in Wales. Whereas the SNP won the popular vote, most seats and most worryingly at a grass roots level destroyed Labour at the council elections.

    Of course there has been bad blood between Labour and the SNP for a long time, and recently we have had cash for honours recently when the SNP grassed in Blair to the polis. Perhaps Dewi can tell us different, but I’m not aware of any beligerence between the current coalition parties in Wales.

  • Dewi

    Plenty of deep and bitter belligerence Prince !!! – Kinnock on the warpath and threatening to lead the No campaign in the referendum for further powers !!!