Every other speech by party leaders these days emphasises how Wales desperately needs entrepreneurs. What they mean by this description is people who are prepared to take risks with their own money in a nation where labyrinthine government procedures can take up to nine months to work out if someone is authorised to take a decision let alone actually make one. Unsurprisingly, Welsh entrepreneurs are as scarce as reindeer shit and those who make it soon move abroad.
Wales has never been short of innovations ever since the Assembly came into being. What it suffers from however is a paucity of actual achievement. For example, how may people remember the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales (RIFW) launched by the Labour-Plaid One Wales government which was created to provide last-resort loans to struggling businesses and ended up getting investigated over land deals? Only in Wales could government manage to make the sustainability business unsustainable.
As much as Cardiff Bay politicians may try bang the drum in different ways, the harsh commentary on their record to date is that they have signally failed to match the success rate, investment ability and brand recognition of an outfit they consigned to the bin in April 2006 and which should be brought back pronto!