As a city council by-election approaches in Cardiff politicians could have to deliver answers on the doorstep in some awkward policy areas.
Welsh and UK issues often dominate even in local elections and party campaigners may face several key questions.
In Wales Labour have been in power - sometimes with partners - since the advent of devolution 14 years ago, yet 22 local councils remain.
This seems excessive for a population of just over three million, with all of those local authorities costing money.
Many council officials have not behaved well with the public’s cash and Wales Eye have reported concerns within senior circles (see Council figures - November 2, Council cuts - October 24, and Council benefits - October 10).
As councillors all over Wales prepare to take their seats it appears action may now finally be taken to cut the number of local authorities with even First Minister Carwyn Jones, AM, admitting the position is untenable.
But policy-makers have resisted pressure to change things for a very long time.
There are obvious opportunities to carve out a different approach for devolved politics.
What about the "clear red water" we used to hear so much of in the earlier days of devolution - representing a left-right divide between Cardiff bay and Westminster?
The preposterous Conservative move to limit benefits to new immigrants would be an ideal time to re-emphasise it if policy-makers in Wales still mean what they say.
The Prime Minister David Cameron has announced this week Britain would not be a "soft touch" for new migrants - not simply Romanians and Bulgarians although it is a policy which is clearly aimed at them.
New arrivals would not be allowed to receive out-of-work benefits for the first three months after coming to the UK. so that Britain sends out a "clear message".
This is despite repeated evidence that immigrants receive far fewer benefits proportionately than the indigenous population.
Controls over free movement of people within the EU, imposed in 2007, are about to run out at the end of this year.
So Mr Cameron, despite knowing about this for six years and being in power for three of them, has decided to act with just a few weeks to go.
The move is a very obvious attempt to pander to tabloid newspapers and secure good headlines, as well as cut the ground from underneath the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).
The first part obviously worked as the front page headline in the Daily Mail the day after the announcement was: ”Immigration: the backlash.”
Instead of attacking the Tories’ hypocrisy the Labour opposition in the commons berated the Conservatives for not imposing "strong restrictions".
But it was a fine spectacle to see Liberal Democrat ministers in Westminster struggle to defend what is a fundamentally illiberal policy.
The plain fact is that most migrants who come here already have jobs lined up.
They do work that British people want done but simply will not do themselves such as picking vegetables in freezing East Anglian fields.
The policy will affect very few.
Party campaigners could also face questions about the economy of Wales - in particular why it is apparently doing so badly compared with the rest of the UK (see Race to the bottom, November 22).
Here it is reasonable to look at some key facts.
Two crucial areas of devolved policy in Wales are education and health.
The schools policy is vital to the long-term health of the Welsh economy yet it remains a mystery.
In May tests for reading and numeracy began, with numerical reasoning to follow in 2014.
At the time the then education minister Leighton Andrews, AM, said: "We know … that literacy and numeracy standards in Welsh schools need to improve."
But what about the new regime?
The present education minister, Huw Lewis, AM, has been virtually silent on the issue.
So is the Welsh Government for or against testing?
Nobody really knows.
What about independent schools.
Do they like them or not?
These schools have charitable status when it comes to tax and this has proved controversial in the past.
Across Britain independent schools chalked up almost £1 billion in tax breaks over the last 10 years.
They can claim an 80 per cent cut in their business rates.
This means the bizarre situation arises where the milkman whose son or daughter goes to the local comprehensive pays for the children in some houses on his round to go to a private school.
Labour used to be against this anomaly but have gone quiet on the issue recently.
What then about educational targets?
Does Labour now think they are a bad thing or a good thing?
Again - nobody really knows.
Health care too could prove tricky.
The Welsh Government plainly do not think much of targets here.
The health minister Mark Drakeford, AM. has just announced a review of key targets such as cancer services for a "meaningful outcome" (does a non-meaningful one exist?)
But the opposition accuse Labour of "scrapping" targets.
The health budget is enormous in Wales - and was increased by £570 million over three years after the last budget wranglings, even at a time of cuts.
Within the £14.9 billion block grant from Westminster health and social care is treated as a Main Expenditure Group (MEG).
Controversy has swirled around cutting services in hospitals like Bronglais in Aberystwyth.
But apart from not liking targets and cutting popular services, what is the over-riding policy?
Once again nobody really knows.
At least Labour at a UK level have an idea for a national care system even if this is unlikely to work.
Then there is crime.
Crime levels are actually falling but the reality is almost certainly a different one for potential voters on the doorstep.
Policing and the criminal justice system are not devolved areas but that is unlikely to bother people tackling a politician.
Crime is a big issue in any election.
How successful have the Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales actually been?
Labour are reportedly prepared to scrap them if they win the next general election following the release of the report into policing by Lord Stevens - but what, if anything, will take their place?
The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats will face charges - wrongly - that they have introduced an extra level of bureaucracy.
Polls indicate that accountability has not increased and few people know the PCCs even exist.
The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg admitted he had "momentarily forgotten" the name of the PCC in South Yorkshire when he was asked about it on a local radio station.
Senior Plaid Cymru figures meanwhile have made no secret of the fact they want policing devolved to Wales.
It is another option explored in the Stevens report.
But how will the merger of the four Welsh police forces actually work in practice?
Given that criminals have no respect for national boundaries will it make little difference basing the overall administration for policing in Cardiff bay rather than Westminster, or even - heaven forbid - worsen the situation?
For Plaid Cymru is this a case of social engineering too far - believing Wales should be able to control these things even if the country is very small?
Issues like these dwarf the policy of forcing food outlets to display hygiene ratings.
Politicians used to say they enjoyed meeting ”ordinary” people out on the stump as they talked to them at their doorstep.
They may not be so eager to say that after this by-election.