Seneddwr has a bitch post about Alun Davies AM. I don't like bitch posts - politics is about policies rather than personalities.
I don't agree with much of Alun's political viewpoint, but he is one of the most charismatic orators that I have ever heard.
I have heard the big guns of Plaid speak in conference, but only Alun has ever made me have to pretend that a fly got in my eye because I was too macho to admit that I had been reduced to tears.
In Plaid in the late 80's early 90's the debate about the ambitious young turks usually cantered on wither Ashley Drake or Alun Davies would be that generation's eventual party leader, most said Alun. Adam was never part of the equation (Ashley seems to have disappeared).
Alun has made his mark in the Assembly in the few weeks that he has been there, he may not have pleased everybody - but everybody now knows who he is - which is more than you can say about most of the new intake (and many of those who have been there for the whole eight years).
Sadly Alun will never be the leader of Plaid, but I would be very much surprised if he doesn’t become the leader of the Labour Party eventually, and if electoral things go his way a very, very popular First Minister.
If that happens I won't let him forget what he said that bought tears to my eyes. Alun spoke of his grandfather's love of Wales and his deathbed regret that he wasn't dying in a Free Wales. I don't know about you, said Alun, with passion but I don't want to die a British subject.
I still don't want to die a British subject, Alun, I hope that you don't either!