The Lib Dems look as if they aren’t playing ball with anybody - not for a Lib / Lab pact and not for a Rainbow Coalition either.
The Tories aren’t going to support Labour in any way, shape or form.
Which leaves only one realistic option that can save us from another election, an agreement between Plaid and Labour, be it a formal coalition or an informal agreement to support a minority government.
Backing the loser might prove a very dangerous move for Plaid, one that might be seen as unforgivable by Labour hating Plaid loyalists and those who lent the party their support in order to give Labour a kicking. Supporting Labour in any form will make things difficult for Plaid in next year's council elections, never mind 2011.
If Plaid is going to take the risk of supporting Labour then Plaid has to extract a BIG reward for doing so - from Labour in Cardiff and Labour in Westminster.
These are things that I think should be non negotiable in the circumstances:
- Passing more functions from Westminster to the Assembly including local policing, business rates and local authority taxation rules.
- A referendum, supported unequivocally by Labour, within the next 18 months on extended powers, or an amendment to the Government of Wales Act making a referendum unnecessary for the additional powers to be effected by 2011
- A thorough review of the housing for locals problem.
- An updated Welsh Language Act and a huge increase in the number of Welsh Medium Schools.
- Annual environment targets for the next 10 years, not a total long-term target that can't be judged.
- Free Lap Tops for Bloggers - we deserve them much more than school kids do!
If Labour can't deliver on all of these issues (? other than the last one) then Plaid may as well go for the Nuclear Option and force the discredited Labour Party to re-run the election.