My personal view is that a better deal would be a deal based on scraping the need for a referendum. I have also posted a number of opinions saying that if a referendum had to be held that it would be better sooner, rather than latter.
Throughout my musings I had assumed that the Only Labour Can Deliver a Referendum Brigade were assuming that the referendum would be held in time to give the Assembly its new powers after the next Assembly election in 2011.
It appears not.
Betsan Powys, almost as an aside, mentions a conversation she had with Red / Green sceptics in Plaid's Assembly group:
But there was a bigger question being posed by some too - a tactical question. IF the deal goes through and IF the promise of support for a referendum is part of that deal and is seen as nothing more than a make-or-break Plaid demand, isn't it going to be much harder for the 'Yes' camp to win the vote come 2011?
Sorry! Win in 2011! - So the much touted Referendum that is the lynch pin of the Red-Green deal won't be held until after the 2011 Assembly election?
That means supporting Labour, for no new powers until 2016. And in 2016 what will we have (if the vote goes "yes")? The powers that Scotland had twenty years earlier, but with less than one fith of the policy areas over which Scotland exercised those powers in 1997! This is called GOOD by Plaid's Labour Luvvies?
Neil Kinnock said in 1979 that devolution was the slippery slope to independence - Plaid argued that it wasn't at the time, but secretly believed that Kinnock was right, Plaid Cymru has based its national vision on Kinnock's belief ever since 1979.
Kinnock was wrong!
Welsh Devolution has proved, so far, that it has neither the lubricity nor the gradient required to lead to independence.
Its time for Plaid to realise this fact; to give up on its evolution of devolution policies, to go back to its roots and to re-ignite a proper Campaign for Independence.