Having said that it would not go in for a comprehensive reorganisation of local government, it now seems that Carwyn Jones's dithering administration is inching towards a major shake-up. One of the strongly rumoured changes will be a merger of Ceredigion and Powys to create a gigantic rural council.
The last round of local elections was in 2012, and voters would normally have headed back to the polls in 2016. Thanks to a decision by Carl Sargeant, the date was pushed back by a year to 2017 in order to avoid holding elections to the Senedd at the same time. The Senedd elections themselves have been delayed by a year to avoid a clash with the Westminster general election.
Now it seems that there may be a further one-year delay to 2018 while the government reshuffles the local authority pack.
Good news for rotten councils everywhere which will not have to face disgruntled voters for six years.
As a resident of Ceredigion this won't be the worst outcome. Our authority has decent senior officers but we're not big enough for economies of scale. An ex-police neighbour of mine used to refer to the 'Golden Triangle (Llanelli-Carmarthen-Haverforswest) Ceredigion and Powys seem to miss out so we're better as together.
Byddai uno Powys a Ceredigion yn drychinebus i ddyfodol y Gymraeg. Mae'r cyngor yn ddigon cyndyn i weithredu dros fuddiannau Cymry Cymraeg ei staff fel mae hi.
Gobeithio bod y si arbennig hwn yn ddim mwy na hynnny!
Na, Iestyn, rwy'n credu fydd hyn yn debygol iawn o ddigwydd.
Mae'r gweithdrefnau addysg ym mynd i gael eu huno rhwng Ceredigion a Phowys yn barod.
Rwy'n cytuno na fydd hyn yn dda i'r Gymraeg. Paham na gawn ni uno'r Fro Gymraeg ar hyd y Gorllewin yn un awdurdod fel mae Adam Price yn ei awgrymu?
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