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Wales@Westminster newslog

It's Wales@Westminster Newslog, BBC Wales' Parliamentary correspondent David Cornock's diary on political life. It's a two-way process though, so add your comments too.

Monday 29 September

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Labour conferences are not what they used to be. The serious business of government is taking its toll here in Bournemouth.

Even Welsh Night, that staple of the Kinnock years, has been killed off.

The event, which was often little more than a sing-song, a booze-up and a raffle, has been airbrushed out of history.

No more kissing away each hour of hiraeth as we come home again to Wales - for the first time, in some cases, in almost a week.

The first sign of New Labour's modernisation of Welsh Night came a few years ago when the traditional male voice choir was replaced by a Tom Jones lookalike.

Now even Tom is no more. Why, why, why, New Labour?

This, as you may know, is not the only weblog devoted to Welsh politics. Lib Dem AM Peter Black uses the medium to convey his take on the key political issues of the day.

Mr Black is aghast that the building of the Wales Millennium Centre has ruined the view from his Assembly office. He says he's been left with a view of a "bland brick wall that would not look out of place as part of a penal institution".

I'll resist the temptation to drag up that old joke about politicians not looking out of the window in the morning, lest they have nothing to do after lunch.

Mr Black's musings can be found on http://www.cix.co.uk/%7Eldswaleswest/Web%20Log/weblog%20frame.htm.

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