FIRST MINISTER Rhodri Morgan will today warn voters not to "sleepwalk" into a Tory-Plaid coalition at next year's Assembly elections as he sets out Labour's programme for another term in power in Cardiff Bay.
Mr Morgan will tell party activists in Swansea he wants to see Wales as a full employment society, and in an echo of Prime Minister-in-waiting Gordon Brown's emphasis on education this week, will say he wants to focus on "under-performing areas of our education system".
Mr Brown's Budget this week had a hike in education spending in England as its centrepiece, with a £45m spending boost for the Assembly into the bargain. Mr Morgan is expected to allocate a proportion of that to Welsh schools.
Other areas Mr Morgan will highlight are tackling pensioner and child poverty, integrating public and private transport and better childcare provision. Referring to the extra muscle the Assembly will have after 2007 - it will be able to draw up its own laws for the first time - he will say, "It's not about enhanced powers, it's about what you do with them."
The prospect of other parties taking control of the Assembly would be a "chaotic coalition of convenience", Mr Morgan will say.
"The choice before the people of Wales could not be clearer. Vote Plaid, get Tory. Vote Lib-Dem, get Tory. Vote Labour, get Labour."
The theme picks up from Welsh Secretary Peter Hain's speech yesterday, which told voters, and Labour itself, to "wake up" to the possibility of Tory Nick Bourne sitting in Cathays Park as First Minister.
Mr Morgan will add, "The other three parties are at it every week in the Assembly. They are not interested in taking Wales forward; for them, it's just about divvying up the ministerial jobs after the election, with not one whit of transparency or principle involved.
"Of course nobody in Wales would actually have voted for such a coalition of chaos, but the voters of Wales could sleepwalk into it and only find out the week after the election when it's too late to do anything about it."
The Cardiff West AM plans to stand down in 2009 if he is re-elected next year, and sees winning a Labour majority in the Assembly as a key part of his legacy.
He will point to a "Triple Crown" of Labour achievements in the past week, with Mr Brown's Budget, the second reading of the Government of Wales Bill and the Assembly vote that signs the death warrant of quangos the WDA, the Wales Tourist Board, Elwa and Accac.
"It's the biggest shrinkage of the quango state in Welsh history," he will say. "We always saidyou could not run Wales with a fully democratic Assembly, fully accountable to the people who elected us, and through a whole host of quangos."