In those long ago days when he use to smoke like a trooper, I went on a canvassing round with the then newly elected Ynys Môn MP Ieuan Wyn Jones. I can't remember the exact occasion, but I think that it was the time that Dafydd Ellis Thomas was standing as Plaid candidate for the European Parliament.
Whenever Ieuan approached a house in which a dog was barking, Ieuan would stop, light a fag and let another member of the team approach the dog's residence. He had been bitten by a dog as a child, apparently, and was sh** scared of barking dogs as a result of this experience.
It seems that Ieuan has not only given up smoking since then, but that he has also overcome his once bitten twice shy fear.
Peter Black says that Ieuan may well give up the chance to be First Minister and will sacrifice personal ambition so as to secure a proper devolution settlement for Wales because he believes that a Labour-Plaid coalition will be the best chance of getting a referendum on a full Parliament and intends to use that argument to try and sell the deal to more sceptical colleagues.
Ieuan clearly, isn't once bitten twice shy any more, he doesn’t fear the fact that Plaid has been in this situation before, of propping up a failing Labour government in return for a promise of support in a Devolution referendum, despite the fact that when it came to the crunch that support proved to be worthless.
With some Labour hounds already barking in the garden, my advice to Ieuan is:
Stop, have a smoke and think of that dog that bit Plaid's arse back in 1979, before going to knock on Labour's door.