Politicians daily pronounce on the hard times, but First Minister Carwyn Jones, his Cabinet and the rank and file AMs of all parties who assemble in the Senedd in Cardiff Bay are a bit more rough and ready than their London counterparts who spout the party line with a glibness taken to new heights. Where is Wales, 13 years after devolution asks Roy Jones.

The Welsh Assembly government boasts nothing like the millionaires' front row of Westminster.
Members sit in a semicircle and discuss in a rather downbeat fashion the burning issues of the day. Though not all minsters go as far as Business Minister Edwina Hart, who remains seated when answering questions.
In 1999 the first gift of power to Wales gave it limited options, but enough to allow the Labour Party, in the words of its leader Rhodri Morgan, to put "clear red water" between Labour in Wales and the Blairite administration, and so refusing the introduction of academies that undermine comprehensive education, foundation hospitals, GP funding and limiting the private finance initiative and other regressive measures.
A Welsh devolved administration is now sparing its electorate the worst excesses of the Con-Dem alliance attacks, such as those of Tory Michael Gove in education, taking apart the education of the masses to ensure the path for the rich is kept clear.
In health, Andrew Lansley's attacks on the NHS - in the rush to sell off medical care for all to the highest bidder - have not taken root here.
The Con-Dem economic policies now make the fight against poverty even harder, hampering a continuing fight to erase the legacies of yesteryear with their severe exploitation of its working people alongside disease, poor diet and bad housing that is endemic among families in industrial and rural poor areas.
But the setting of Wales is surely a blessing, so well formed is it that it needs little help to make the place attractive to visitors, with its natives in closely knit communities which, given a chance, are better able to work together for their own good and for the nation's prosperity.
In Cardiff Bay all the political parties are to the left of their colleagues in Westminster, showing little sympathy for most of what passes for political thinking in London, with a willingness to sit down with trade unions to find the best way forward for the country.
An urban myth paints many Welsh people as looking on the dark side of life.
Merthyr Tydfil - used frequently in the media as an illustration of Welsh progress, or lack of it - recently led the news positively as public investment attracts private cash, with local people and councillors portraying a community building in confidence.
And Jones has declared himself open to discussions on how to spend the extra £38.9m generated as a result of the British government's decision to freeze council tax.
A north Wales newspaper, not known for its positive outlook on Welsh life, last week headlined the need to "make the most of what we have got" over its opinion column.
But to do so will need something of an increase of dynamism at the top and sharp and persistent encouragement from those of us at the bottom to keep them on their toes.