Mr Cameron is coming to Wales: stop, look, listen

Next week, I understand the Prime Minister, David Cameron, will be following in the footsteps of Tony Blair and coming to the National Assembly to address members.

He will speak and they will listen but not, in line with Mr Blair's visit, get to ask questions.

Why, you may wonder, has the Prime Minister changed his mind? I await your suggestions.

What might he have to say? Might we get the "flesh on the bones" of the pledge by the UK government to hold a commission that will look at the way Wales if funded and might the pledge to "improve accountability" made by the Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan open the door to doing considerably more than simply re-visiting the work already done by the Holtham Commission.

The eponymous chair of that commission spells out his views on what this commission is about here.

I asked Plaid Cymru at their weekly briefing what they hoped to hear from Mr Cameron?

A speech, said Elin Jones that is relevant to Wales, that unlike the previous Prime Minister to visit the Assembly chamber "doesn't use Wales as a platform to make statements that had nothing whatsoever to do with Wales".

How about a discussion of the relationship between Mr Cameron's government and that of Mr Salmond's in Holyrood suggested Alun Ffred Jones - and its relevance to Wales, he added helpfully.

So their members would turn up to listen, then?

"Well he IS elected" said Elin Jones "so there's half a chance at least some of us will be there ..."