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Secret lives of the Welsh leaders
Neil Diamond; Abba
Neil Diamond and Abba ring bells for Mssrs Bourne and German
If you've ever wondered about the secrets of the men who want to run Wales, (almost) all can be revealed.

One wouldn't mind being crooner Neil Diamond, a couple could imagine being Scandinavian, and another had an embarrassing moment with shaving foam.

As the assembly election looms, we asked the four main party leaders the questions they have never faced before.

Welcome to the hidden worlds of Rhodri Morgan, Ieuan Wyn Jones, Mike German and Nick Bourne. Enter with caution...

Here are the answers to 10 probing, impertinent and quite possibly daft inquiries from Mr German, the leader of the Liberal Democrats in the assembly, and Mr Bourne, his Conservative counterpart.

And in 24 hours we will shine a light into the unseen hinterland of Welsh Labour leader Rhodri Morgan and Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones. Come back if you dare...

MIKE GERMAN, LIBERAL DEMOCRAT

Mike German
Mike German's pupils missed their ferry when he slept in

1. In which period of your life were you happiest and why? When I was at school - but I didn't know it then!

2. Which film role would you most be most comfortable in? Eric Porter's role in The Day of the Jackal. He played Colonel Rodin, who hunted down Edward Fox's character (The Jackal), saving de Gaulle and hopes for Algerian independence.

3. What music do you play to get in a good mood? Abba. I don't know anyone who doesn't smile when they hear songs like Super Trouper or Dancing Queen.

4. Who would you be in Stars in Their Eyes? I would be the compere, I think.

5. What is the most embarrassing thing you've ever done or said? When I was a teacher, I organised a 53-seat coach to take pupils to France for three days on an early ferry. The coach turned up with 52 people on board outside my house, as I had slept in. As we arrived in Portsmouth, we could see the boat leaving its berth.

Copenhagen mermaid
Mike German could imagine taking on Danish nationality

6. If you left politics tomorrow - what would be your alternative career? (no previous careers allowed!) A stage manager.

7. If you had to be another nationality, what would you like to be, and why? Danish. The social values and quality of life have produced a very harmonious small nation.

8. What hidden talent do you have that might surprise us? I am an expert map reader.

9. What are you really bad at? Stopping work.

10. What non-political aspect of modern life really irritates you? Bad manners.

NICK BOURNE, CONSERVATIVE

Welsh Conservative leader Nick Bourne
Nick Bourne had a Hugh Grant-style embarrassing moment at a wedding

1. In which period of your life were you happiest and why? I am fortunate to always have been generally happy. I think it would be invidious to single out any particular time. I am very happy at the moment in the assembly doing a job that I enjoy.

2. Which film role would you be most comfortable in? Some people in the Conservative Party would probably cast me as Don Corleone in The Godfather, but I would much prefer the part of Atticus Finch played by Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird.

3. What music do you please to get in a good mood? John Denver.

4. Who would you be in Stars in Their Eyes? I don't think I would be much good in Stars in Their Eyes, but possibly Neil Diamond.

5. What is the most embarrassing thing you've ever done or said? It was very embarrassing at a friend's wedding when I went up and spoke to the bride, loudly addressing her in the name of his former long-term girlfriend.

Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird and Marlon Brando in the Godfather
Nick Bourne prefers the Atticus Finch (L) model to Don Corleone

6. If you left politics tomorrow what would be your alternative career (no previous careers allowed)? I have always greatly envied Michael Palin's present career of travelling around the world to exotic and sometimes outlandish destinations and being paid, and have greatly enjoyed programmes like Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole and Sahara.

7. If you had to be another nationality what would you like to be and why? I have always had a great liking for France and, perhaps curiously for a Brit, greatly like the French. From an early age I used to go to France to stay with my French pen friend, I am still in touch with her even now, and I love holidaying in France - a country with all those wines and cheeses certainly can't be all bad!

8. What hidden talent do you have that might surprise us? Hard to know whether it would surprise people, but I have won cups for playing badminton in the dim and distant past.

9. What are you really bad at? Queuing.

10. What non-political aspect of modern life really irritates you? Telephone lines of large organisations (whether in the public or private sector) where the customer/client is deemed to be far less important than the organisation and kept waiting for ages and ages listening to Vivaldi's Four Seasons or Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony.






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