In his blog yesterday Vaughan Roderick suggested that part of Carwyn Jones' portfolio as Minister for the Welsh Language and the Arts was to be the Plaid Pleasing Minister. It would be his job to be sweet to Plaid Cymru AM's and make sure that they had good reasons for not bringing the assembly government down. If this is so he has begun his job in a very odd way - by using his first interview to peeve Plaid.
Speaking on the Radio Cymru phone in programme Taro'r Post this afternoon Carwyn said that he didn't think that a new Welsh Language Act would do anything to benefit the language's future. He didn't go so far as to say that he was totally opposed to a new act but he left little doubt that it wasn't an option that he favoured.
In one respect there was nothing new in what Carwyn said, his comments are just an extension of what has been Labour policy for the last eight years. But yet, when Rhodri Morgan says that he wants the new Government to reach out to the opposition and find areas of consensus between the parties, it is strange that the first public statement by a minister in the new government is one that derides a commitment that was in the manifestos of all three opposition parties.
Of course Carwyn's comments will go down well with one group in particular, Labour's Nat Bashers. Having been portrayed as being on the Welsh Labour Party's nationalist wing in many reports covering the agreement / coalition talks Carwyn may be trying to distance himself from that image in order to broaden his appeal in preparation for the Labour leadership race.
If this is an example of what we can expect over the next 12-18 months, policies based on the needs of Labour leadership contenders rather than policies based on the needs of Wales, then the sooner this government is brought down the better.
Hen Rech Flin: Carwyn - Dim Deddf Iaith.