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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Blast from the past

Plaid Cymru have brought their most successful leader back into the limelight by making him an honorary Party President. Rumours continue to proliferate, of course, that Dafydd Wigley is looking for a way to be re-elected to the National Assembly for Wales. As a result it is widely considered that his new position has been put in place to give him a platform from which to pursue those ambitions. This will also enable Plaid to capitalise on his popularity.

One commentator on Radio Wales this morning said that the Party was looking to the past for its future. On this basis will the other parties be bringing back those leaders who brought them most success in Government into an honorary role? Labour already have Tony Blair in place of course. The Tories will no doubt hold a 12 month selection process in which Margaret Thatcher battles with Winston Churchill over the most appropriate electoral college mechanism. As for the Liberal Democrats, well there is always Gladstone!

Update: Dafydd Wigley has said he "cannot foresee circumstances" which would lead him to stand in the 2007 assembly elections. This is very much the Heseltine formula. We will just have to wait and see how it develops.
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