When I was a big boy my Mam told me that the best way to treat boys who think that they are bigger and better than you, who tell lies and say silly things, is to ignore them - then they will go away.
When I first read David Davies comments about launching a No campaign against the referendum clause in the Government of Wales Act 2006, my reaction was Ignore him and he'll go away.
Unfortunately too many people, most of a nationalist persuasion, have chosen not to ignore him and have given his silly comments wings. Mr Davies has not, can not and will not start an official campaign for a no vote yet! Starting such a campaign is not and was not the intention of his press release this week.
If a campaign under the Government of Wales Act Referendum clause ever happens, the question will be Should the Assembly continue with the LCO route of gaining powers or not? That is all that is in the clause.
When Plaid mentions Scottish Powers they are lying - there are NO Scottish Powers in the Act! If we hold a referendum tomorrow and the NO campaign gets 100% of the vote; by 2015 (Labour's preferred date for the referendum) most of the powers of the Government of Wales Act will have been passed to the Assembly by LCO's anyway.
The referendum is not a cause, it is a distraction, David Davies knows that, Labour knows that worse still - Plaid knows that too!
What David is doing is in tune with what Labour is doing - trying to stifle the debate about independence. Plaid cannot campaign for more than what the GOW Act 2006 offers until the referendum is won, because it has hitched its future to the GOW Act referendum.
David is not campaigning against the GOW Act - he is campaigning against independence, and leaving Plaid in its usual lurch of having to say this isn't about independence - rather than campaigning FOR the policy that most of its supporter want!
It is high time that Plaid stopped arsing around with other parties' Unionist agendas and tried to persuade the electorate of the advantages of independence!
Swallowed the Bait: