Pam Palmer's motley collection of closet Tories came third in last year's council elections and are not what most people would consider to be natural bedfellows for Kevin Madge's Labour group, runners-up in the elections. Some of Kev's troops like to think of themselves as Socialists, but their voting record suggests otherwise. Much easier to follow the example set by the new council chair, Cllr Terry Davies, and wax eloquent about miners leaders in the 1920s than vote to pay the council's lowest paid staff a living wage.
But then Pam had something that Kev wanted: - enough votes to enable him to get his hands on the Leader's limo, and so this time last year a lot of intensive wooing was going on.
Pam played hard to get and sold herself for as much as she could, before putting on a show of reluctance and submitting to a one year trial cohabitation. Of course, they had been cohabiting for eight years before that, but then Pam and Meryl were on top, and the 2008 elections had left Kev in a state of shrivelled impotence.
The last year of cohabitation has had its moments of difficulty. In particular the defection in very peculiar circumstances of Labour's Cllr Theressa Bowen to Pam's Indies a few months after the election can't have gone down well at Labour HQ, especially as it levelled up the numbers and strengthened Pam's grip on the show.
But faced with loss of power and special responsibility allowances, neither Kev nor Pam was about to have a fling with anyone else, and so the two have now entered into a four-year deal, which judging from the announcement (BBC report in Welsh here) offers nothing new at all.
As PR professionals know, when you haven't got anything new to say, just announce again what you have already announced and make it sound like news.