Adam Price MP comments in today's Western Mail on the latest Hain outburst.
Hain would have us believe that he has discussed postponing a referendum on further powers beyond 2011 with senior Plaid Cymru members, and that he has found agreement. I challenge him to say who he's talked to and when.
If he won't come clean, we should perhaps conclude that he is misleading people and smearing Plaid. But why? Is it because, to get the 2006 Government of Wales Act through the UK Parliament, he had to assure some of his colleagues that a referendum on further powers would not be triggered in the short term and is now being told to come up with the goods?
The One Wales Government is committed to holding a referendum "at or before the end of the Assembly term" in 2011. Hain's comments clearly contradict this. 'One Wales' was drawn up on the basis of goodwill between Plaid and Labour, and Rhodri Morgan has this week confirmed that the referendum pledge still stands. Hain is trying to keep his devo-sceptic MPs happy, but risks destabilising the Welsh government in the midst of recession.
Fortunately, what Hain says counts for little as it is the Assembly alone that decides when the referendum will be held. And his opinion is likely to count for even less after the next UK general election...