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Wednesday, 29 September

Green-fingered Morgan put his foot in it
posted by David | 1155 BST |

An update on the mystery of Rhodri Morgan's shoes.

The First Minister arrived at the Labour conference in Brighton wearing his gardening shoes.

Hence the telephone call home to try to find something more statesmanlike. I'm told Health Minister Jane Hutt brought his Sunday best pair to Brighton - joined-up government in action - although something of a surprise to those of us who assumed Mr Morgan wears his gardening clothes to work.

The picture from Tony Blair's speech was less straightforward. The Prime Minister promised "Britain's hard-working families" an 18-week maximum wait from seeing a doctor to NHS hospital treatment.

Wales' hard-working families will have to rely on the Assembly Government offer of treatment elsewhere after a patient has been waiting 12 months for an operation - a guarantee that only applies AFTER the patient has seen a consultant (in England 18 weeks will be the total wait).

It's easy to get confused in the devolved Britain - and at these conferences.

Having spent last week in Bournemouth, and this week in Brighton, I told Wales Today viewers last night that I was in Bournemouth, which is where I'll be next week with the Conservatives.

I can't decide whether I'm a week ahead of my time or a week behind the rest of the world.

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