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Welsh political quotes of 2014: Answers

The Welsh political scene has provided us with some notable and intriguing quotes in 2014. Can you remember who said what, and why?

1 - "In Wales we do not hand out the begging bowl. We contributed greatly to the prosperity of the United Kingdom through coal, steel, tinplate and slate. Is it unreasonable therefore that we should receive a fair share of the pot?"

Answer: First Minister Carwyn Jones

He spent much of 2014 - his fifth year as first minister - trying to chip into the debate about Scottish independence.

His biggest gripe is that the Treasury shortchanges the Welsh government.

The Westminster coalition parties - and his own Labour Party - have committed to keep the Barnett formula which influences how much public money is spent in Wales and Scotland.

Mr Jones says he would be happy with a top-up to the Welsh government's £15bn budget in the short term, but eventually he wants a new formula.

Whether Wales gets a "fair share" is becoming a defining question of his time in office.

2 - "I tell you - when Offa's Dyke becomes the line between life and death, we are witnessing a national scandal."

Answer: David Cameron

In 2014, health was the only issue to rival constitutional reform for the attention of Welsh politicians.

The prime minister raised eyebrows at the Welsh Conservative conference in April with this verdict on the Welsh NHS.

Labour says Mr Cameron overstepped the line but the Tories are determined to keep up the pressure on the Welsh government's handling of the health service.

3 - "Will you ask the question and take your hand off your hip please?"

Answer: Presiding Officer Dame Rosemary Butler

Is standing with one's hands on one's hip a breach of assembly protocol?

It is a question that AMs were left to ponder after Presiding Officer Dame Rosemary Butler told Liberal Democrat AM Eluned Parrott (pictured above) to correct her posture in November.

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4 - "He [my father] travelled down from mid Wales to south Wales, doing a bit of bare knuckle boxing and stuff like that, he used to work on the fairs as well. We come from, I'm quite happy to say this, quite a humble background."

Answer: Andrew RT Davies

He says he is not a career politician, but the Welsh Tory leader looks like he enjoys the rough and tumble of politics. Evidently his father was a bit of a bruiser too.

But has the opposition landed a glove on Carwyn Jones in 2014? Labour is outnumbered by its opponents in Cardiff Bay, but it has won key votes on legislation and budgets by striking deals with Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats.

5 - "The purpose of my request was simply to provide background information and I can offer my absolute assurance that at no time did I intend to use this information, neither for political gain nor for public use."

Answer: Alun Davies

One of Labour's most awkward moments in 2014 was supplied not by the opposition, but by one of its own AMs.

Alun Davies was sacked as the environment minister in July after asking civil servants to provide him with confidential financial information about prominent opposition AMs.

He later apologised to government officials and the first minister, who had earlier stuck by Mr Davies when he was found to have breached the ministerial code on another matter.

6 - "Last week Carwyn Jones said these criticisms weren't a war on Welsh Labour or the Welsh government, but a war on Wales as an entire nation. How dare he take cover behind the people he is meant to lead. What kind of leader does that?"

Answer: Kirsty Williams

Back to the NHS. "War on Wales" is how the first minister described fierce Tory criticism of the Welsh government's record on health policy.

The slogan didn't find favour with Ms Williams, the Welsh Liberal Democrat leader. However, she did reach out to the Welsh government in 2014, offering to help set up an all-party commission to defuse political rows about the NHS.

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7 - "It is facile and assumes a kind of superiority that we decide who is Welsh and who is not Welsh."

Answer: Lord Elis-Thomas

At times in 2014, other political parties have marched to a tune called by UKIP.

The anti-EU party came a close second to Labour in Wales at the European elections in May.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said a vote for UKIP was "a vote against Wales".

That may or may not have upset UKIP, but it certainly didn't go down well with fellow Plaid AM and former party leader Lord Elis-Thomas.

8 - "That is nothing to do with professionalism - what it does have to do with is a population that is going through the roof chiefly because of open-door immigration and the fact that the M4 is not as navigable as it used to be."

Answer: Nigel Farage

When UKIP held its first Welsh conference in December, its leader Nigel Farage missed a Friday night reception in Port Talbot where people had paid to meet him.

That was his explanation as to why he failed to arrive on time.

9 - "I hear what you're saying. It's very good, in terms of the sounds you make."

Answer: Conservative AM Nick Ramsay

A member of the public complained about Mr Ramsay's slurred speech when he delivered this line in the assembly chamber in June.

He denied being drunk and, after the matter was "looked into thoroughly" by the presiding officer, no further action was taken.

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