So Mohammad Ashgar is now a Tory?! Whilst its disappointing to lose a Plaid AM, I hardly think he'll have a great time with the Tories. They are being incredibly two faced to accept and welcome him to their group, and to them, it's just a chance to score a few petty points rather than gain a valuable asset. In fact, I've lost count of the number of negative things I've personally heard them say about him over the past few months and the amount of times I've defended him to some Tory AM's, only to hear them ridicule and dismiss him. They've been incredibly cruel and down right nasty and times, and have made no secret of the fact that they find him laughable. He'll simply be a pawn in their political game, and whilst they may be smiling and welcoming him now, it won't be long until he's sidelined and shown no respect. They can't be trusted. It's also incredibly shabby of them, as Guerrilla Welshfare rightly points out, to do this on Rhodri Morgan's last day as First Minister and also without forcing him to pre-warn Plaid. Its childish behaviour, and one that proves that they wouldn't have been politically mature enough to handle the Rainbow Coalition.
As far as the future, I think Ashgar should do the honourable thing and stand down as an AM and then run as a Conservative. If he wins, fair enough - he will be the people's choice. But at least people will vote knowing what his values and beliefs are. His constituents were voting for a Plaid AM at the election and they should be able to decide if they still want him to represent them after changing his fundamental beliefs. That's the democratic and right thing to do.
So to summarise, whilst it is a shock and a shame, he's hardly going to be the shining light of the Conservatives in Wales and once he's served his purpose, the group will soon forget about him. Plaid Cymru accepted that Oscar was different and a bit of a character. Yes he was unpredictable and panicked us at times with some of his views, but he always had our full support and respect as an AM and we did defend him from others. Despite what they may have promised, he won't get the same from the Tories. For his sake, I hope those amongst the Conservative AM's who spoke badly and disrespectfuly of him will stop doing so as he'll need their support once the spotlight fades on this story.
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