At the start of the week, the Conservatives met in Manchester for their conference. At the end of the week, Plaid Cymru is meeting in Swansea for theirs. The two events could not be more different as far as Wales is concerned.
The Conservatives arguably had less Welsh focus than for years, with new Assembly group leader Paul Davies removed from the agenda and confined to a fringe meeting. Meanwhile, Alun Cairns was spotted eating ice cream with Boris and used his own conference platform to argue for a stronger UK union when we leave the European one. All of which is a world away from Plaid Cymru’s core messages to its faithful. The party is aiming for a decade of transformation and leader Adam Price is even calling for reparations for Wales over economic exploitation, arguing the country has been subject to colonialism.
The juxtaposition is stark. Even putting aside the positions of the two parties, there is absolutely no common ground between them these days. The chances of any non-Labour governing arrangement between them in the Assembly is becoming more remote by the month. In a week of bad opinion polls for Labour coupled with a weak council by-election performance in Cardiff, the one thing they have to smile about is that 2021 will not produce any workable coalition against them. A sixth Labour run Assembly in some form next time looks almost inevitable.