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DAVIES LETS MOUTH GET BIT FAR AHEAD OF HIM IN AWKWARD CLASH.

Byline: matt withers

THE most awkward moment in the Senedd last week came on Tuesday, when Tory leader Andrew RT Davies called the First Minister "an enemy of cancer patients".

That would be a particularly unpleasant accusation to lay at anyone's door, but especially so if, like Carwyn Jones has, the person has seen the agony of cancer in their own families.

Mr Jones' own wife has battled the illness, so little wonder he called a point of order, asking Mr Davies to withdraw it, which he did.

"In the course of exchanges in the chamber, many things are said in the heat of the moment," Mr Jones said.

"Indeed, many exchanges are robust, and I have no complaint about that - I am often the architect of such robustness and I ask for no quarter in return. However, I think that there are boundaries that should not be crossed."

To be fair to Mr Davies, nobody really believes he meant it, and he too has experienced tragedy, losing his mother when he was just 15.

But his manner of speaking - preferably loud and fast - means you get the impression he starts doing it long before he's decided what it is he wants to say.

It's that kind of quirk which leads to the humiliation of the past week. And the kind he really needs to rein in sharpish if he's serious about remaining leader of the opposition.
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 3, 2012
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