Tweet Some politicians get themselves quite worked up if they think another party has 'stolen' one of their policies; I prefer to see it as flattery and vindication. Politics for me has always been more about making the right decisions than about who makes them.
So I'm not in the least unhappy to see that the Conservatives and Lib Dems have come round at last to a policy on state pensions which looks remarkably like the one which Plaid Cymru proposed in May's General Election. The devil is in the detail, of course, and they are planning to pay for it in ways which were not the same as those which we suggested. Nevertheless, the weekly figures which they are suggesting are stunningly close to those which Plaid advocated.
It is likely to cause a degree of indigestion, however, as some people have to eat their words.
I particularly liked Vince Cable's claim that it was that it was a Liberal Democrat idea that had been developed by the party over several years in opposition. Clearly the party hadn't told Kirsty Williams that they had spent several years developing this policy when she said "These half-baked plans will never see the light of day, because the sums just don’t add up. You simply cannot fund huge pension increases for millions of people, without endangering the front-line services upon which many older people depend". Although it's possible, I suppose, that her caveat may tell us more than she intended about the way her party intends to fund the policy.
And presumably, Iain Duncan Smith hadn't talked to Cheryl Gillan either when she said "This is fantasy economics that Plaid cannot deliver and know gives false hopes to pensioners across Wales".
Still, thanks to the One Wales policy of free prescriptions, Kirsty at least will be able to get something to assist with her digestive problems. Our Secretary of State will have to pay for her medicine though, I'm afraid.
Gwneud sioe fawr o wneud dim - Felly mae Mark Antoniw, Owen Smith, Chris Bryant a'n hen gyfaill Leighton Andrews yn benderfynol eu bod am gadw adran damweiniau Ysbyty Frenhinol Morgannwg...
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