Here's an interesting fact for you, the Lib Dems did a lot better on the firstFor the full story, click HERE.
vote than the second. The party received 14.8% of the constituency vote compared
with 11.7% of t6he regional votes. The difference between the two figures is
substantially more than any of the other parties. Looking at the individual
constituencies the difference is shocking. The Tories, for example, won the
regional vote in Montgomeryshire, Brecon and Radnor.Of course, except for a
fistful of constituencies, the regional vote was important to the party. What
then went wrong? Well, the plain, incredible truth is that the party targeted
the wrong vote.I'm sure you can remember all the fuss about charts and
quotations on the party's leaflets that claimed a "two horse race" or "only we
can beat party X here". What were these doing in reality? Well, they asked
people to cast their first (constituency) vote strategically in an irrelevent
race and to use their second (regional) vote any way they wished -but it was the
regional vote that counted.Who was responsible for this strategic bloomer? It's
time to meet Duncan Borrowman.
UPDATE: Following on from THIS story yesterday, Peter Black AM has told the Arsembly Blog HERE that Mike German should stand down and that the LibDems should not enter into a coalition with Labour. Interestingly, it is being reported in Scotland that the LibDems there will only talk to the SNP about a coalition and not Labour.
UPDATE: More from Wales on Sunday HERE and Peter Black HERE.