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Great leader Rhodri Morgan ‘did the nation proud’

By Shropshire Star | Opinions | Published:

Politics is a rough and tumble business and things are said which may lead you to think that rival politicians dislike each other.

Rhodri Morgan

That is of course sometimes the case - even within the same political party. But we would venture to suggest that generally there is a measure of respect and friendship which stretches across the political divides.

A political enemy is not a real enemy. And it is possible to be an effective and deft politician who wrongfoots opponents, mixes it in debate, sticks to principles which rivals may not share, and yet be liked by everyone.

The tributes to Rhodri Morgan, the former First Minister of Wales, have come from all sides of the political spectrum. He was a Labour man, but here is what Glyn Davies, the Tory Parliamentary candidate for Montgomeryshire (with the dissolution of Parliament, there are currently no MPs), has to say about him: "He was a top man, who did Wales proud, and deserves to be honoured and remembered as one of our great leaders."

Mr Davies describes him as a star performer.

History will record that Rhodri Morgan's star shone brightly at a pivotal time for Wales, being a founder member of the new Welsh Assembly and steering it through its early years.

Wales has lost a friend and father figure.

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