Viewing yr Alban from up an Alp
Even up an Alp it was crystal clear: the news agenda in Welsh politics has been dominated over the past week by yr Alban, by Scotland. That is not about to change.
It sseems likely that tomorrow, we'll learn more about the commission the UK government is asking to come up with an answer, if not the answer, to the "constitutional anomalies" thrown up by devolution. These are the wise heads who will ask the "West Lothian Question" (as asked by Tam Dalyell but christened by Enoch Powell) and respond, not by shaking those wise heads and throwing up their hands but by coming up with a solution that might work and might be politically acceptable.
As the ministerial statement announcing plans for a commission put it:
"The government is clear that the commission's primary task should be to examine how this house, and parliament as a whole, can deal most effectively with business that affects England wholly or primarily, when at the same time similar matters in some or all of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are lawfully and democratically the responsibility of the separate parliament or assemblies."
Everything we already know about what the commission will and will not discuss - along with everything you ever wanted to know about the West Lothian Question but were afraid to ask - are here.
I hear the name of at least one member will be familiar to anyone who took an interest in - or took on - the All Wales Convention, a blast from what feels like the distant past of Welsh politics: 2009 that is.
And here's another: True Wales, the organisation that campaigned for a 'no' vote in the referendum of 2010 - and lost. Their written submission to the Silk Commission, the group asking how Wales should be funded in future, was made public today. It is written and endorsed by people both weary and wary of phrases like "a tidying up exercise" and "simplyfying the process" and who regard it as "a foregone conclusion that the Silk Commission will recommend wide-ranging devolution of tax powers to the Assembly".
They look at devolution, anomalies and all and what they see is this:
"the journey continues without care for the consequences for the people of Wales and largely without any genuine interest in what really matters - that is, jobs and prosperity. What we have is not devolution for the people but power grabbing - the hoarding and exertion of power by one institution rather than another ... The devolution trends are taking the UK to a fundamental constitutional realignment. We in True Wales have no doubt that the Silk Commission's 'findings' will be another stepping stone to the break up of the UK and a poorer settlement for the people of Wales".
But back to the West Lothian Commission and a blast from the present its members will no doubt hear and consider - polling from Cardiff and Edinburgh Universities along with the think tank IPPR and what it reveals about attitudes amongst English voters to the shape of things to come. 79% of English voters who responded said they want Scottish MPs barred from votes on English only laws.
Here's Professor Richard Wyn Jones from Cardiff University's Centre for Welsh Governance spelling out the implications as he sees them.
Much of the coverage tomorrow will, inevitably, home in on Scotland and on England.
Bear in mind, everyone, that what the commission decides is as relevant to us in Wales as it is to Scotland. Suzy Davies AM put it rather neatly in a tweet yesterday: "Could Sunday Times please remember that UK minus Scotland doesn't leave just England #exasperated."
If I may, # hear hear.