Sunday, March 08, 2009

Harrogate - Day 3: Kirstymania sweeps Harrogate

I have, in the past, noted my respect for the newly elected Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams.

Winning an election is one thing, doing the job is another, however. Each 'first time' is studied by close observers of politics, analysed and picked apart to see if you're up to the job. It can be nerveracking, if you let it.

Kirsty's answer? To just let rip, to revel in the history and traditions of Welsh liberalism, to condemn the Welsh Assembly Government for their ineffectual, centralising approach, for their failure to take positive steps to help Welsh workers and Welsh communities. And not just the easy jibes, but philosophical, principled opposition, outlining our positive proposals to make Wales a better place, and proclaiming our role in delivering services to people across Wales.

She didn't stint on her criticism of Plaid Cymru, condemning the ease with which they sold their principles for seats in ministerial limousines.

Spirit, passion, everything you could possibly ask for, and rewarded with a thoroughly deserved standing ovation.

If you ever had any doubts, Kirsty, you shouldn't have them any more...

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