The PM visits Wales: the great Cameron bake-off
I've spent much of today in a brewery with David Cameron. You can fill in your own punchline.
The prime minister visited S A Brain and Co as part of a one-day tour of the UK's four nations. He and his wife Samantha sampled a glass of Brains Black and baked a pie each. You may catch the pictures on the television news tonight.
His key claim is that the Conservatives are fixing the economy so that everyone feels the benefit. I suggested many voters in Wales weren't feeling the benefit - far from it.
His response: "There are fifty two thousand more people in work in Wales today than when I became prime minister and obviously this week we've lifted the tax threshold, the amount of money you can earn before you start paying taxes, so we've cut everyone's taxes here in Wales but I accept there's more to do.
"What I'm saying in this campaign is that we should stick to the plan that's working. It's creating jobs, it's creating growth. Wales actually last year grew faster than other parts of the United Kingdom. The plan's working. Stick with the plan, stick with the team and then we'll all feel the benefit."
My suggestion that the polls suggest his argument isn't cutting through was met with my first "the only poll that counts" response of the campaign.
"Here in Wales a recent poll had Conservative support at the highest it's been for many many years but as they say there's only one poll that counts and that's the one on polling day on general election day and there's a very clear choice. Stick with the Conservatives who are delivering jobs and growth and a strong economy or put it all at risk with Ed Miliband which means higher taxes, more debt; it means more spending, more of the things that got us into a mess in the first place. Don't let Labour wreck the recovery and don't let them cut your pay by putting up your taxes."
My third and final question was about Welsh funding - £400 a head less than Scotland. How did he justify that?
"Well what we're doing is saying that we're going to provide a guaranteed long-term fair solution for Wales by making sure there's a floor under which spending can't go - no government's done that before, but the government led by me has agreed to that. So I think we do have a fair system being put in place, and of course more power, and more devolution for the Welsh Assembly Government [sic] so they can work with us to make sure we continue to grow the Welsh economy."
Then there was a tap on my back and the interview was over.