It's always good to have a speaker from the SNP at our party conference, for they share the same aims for their country as we do for ours, and the lessons we learn from them will only help us when it is our turn to hold a referendum.
This year the SNP guest speaker was Pete Wishart. On the subject of those who support independence at Westminster, this small snippet from his speech made me smile ... though perhaps not quite as much as it made Dafydd Wigley smile.
There's something like 1,500 parliamentarians in all of the Houses of Parliament at Westminster. 1,490 of those 1,500 parliamentarians are opposed to independence. There's ten that support independence: there's the six of us in the SNP, there's our three colleagues in Plaid Cymru ... and we've got Dafydd Wigley in the House of Lords.
Conference, I think that's quite good odds. They may have the quanity, but with our ten we most definitely have the quality ...
Pete Wishart is as aware as all the rest of us that there are in fact two Dafydds in the House of Lords who are members of Plaid Cymru. But even though Dafydd El Cid has managed to pull the wool over the eyes of some in Plaid Cymru's leadership about his support for independence (see here) he hasn't fooled anyone in the SNP.
This is Pete's speech in full.