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Andrew RT Davies suggests smacking ban is linked to anti social behaviour increase in Wales

21 Mar 2023 2 minute read
The Welsh Tory Leader has sparked outrage following his most recent Twitter outburst

Welsh Conservative Leader, Andrew RT Davies has sparked outrage on Twitter after suggesting the ban on smacking children is linked to a rise in anti-social behaviour in Wales.

The Welsh Tory leader’s bizarre social media outbursts have increasingly polarised people leading to some users believing his account has been hacked.

Andrew RT Davies, who recently started a Twitter spat with Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream over human rights, Tweeted: “Anti social behaviour has increased in Wales since Labour’s smacking ban came into force.”

The post gained over 500 comments within hours of it appearing online with some users pointing out the correlation between the two sets of data is unlikely to be linked.

Others were horrified that the Tweet could be perceived as promoting smacking children as a policy to reduce anti-social behaviour.

Twitter users were stunned by the post from the Welsh Conservative Leader

On user suggested the post be screen shotted in case it was later deleted by Davies and said in a functioning democracy, such a Tweet should be “career ending”.

Another user complained to Twitter that Tweets from grown men “openly wanting to abuse children” shouldn’t be allowed to appear on timelines.

Questions were again raised on if the Twitter account is genuine – or whether it is a parody account pretending to be Davies and posting outrageous content.

Questions were again raised on whether the Twitter account is genuine

Physically punishing children became illegal in Wales in March last year and the landmark legislation provided children the same protection from assault as adults.

The First Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford hailed the legislation as a “historic achievement for children and their rights.”

assumptions regarding the legitimacy of Davies’s Twitter account were made following a poem published on Valentine’s Day which read: “The Roses are red, violets are blue, stop being woke, it’s not good for you.”

In a recent interview with Wales Online, Andrew RT Davies confirmed the Valentine’s poem and all other Tweets were genuine and had been posted by himself.


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GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
11 months ago

Jumping to conclusions without any evidence. Clown.

Geraint
Geraint
11 months ago
Reply to  GW Atkinson

The England and Wales crime survey estimates 37% of adults experienced or witnessed anti social behaviour in their community last year. This is the highest figure for six years. There is no smacking ban in England which we all know has a far higher population than Wales so it is highly unlikely that the Welsh smacking ban has any relevance to this rise in anti social behaviour.
If the Welsh Tory leader wants to be relevant he needs to look at the data and identify the real reasons for this increase.

Jane
Jane
11 months ago

What a complete arse that man is.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
11 months ago

I think he is going for the Boris Johnson narcissistic sociopath look. Getting there too!

Gareth
Gareth
11 months ago

The link between poverty and anti social behaviour has been proven in many studies made by professionals in the field. The fact his party has ruled from Westminster for so long, and now the effects are being felt in poverty levels, antisocial behaviour and the biggest wage freeze in the last 200 years, according to a recent study, has nothing to do with smacking. He knows this, but as always it is smoke and mirrors from this snake oil salesman.

Richard
Richard
11 months ago

While most NC readers might well just pass this off as the usual monthly ARTD press feature – we do live in the real Cymru …..

This sort of outburst plays well with the blue rinse brigade…….

BUT

Also for certain with ‘ Valleys Mam ‘ and BREXIT blue collar folk who left Lab/Plaid and jumped over the clear blue water 💦 at the last election 🗳️..

ARTD is a 🦊 in 🐑 clothing…… this issue 🎯 for a quiet anti woke section of our nation

Marc
Marc
11 months ago

To be fair he may have a point, last week I was mugged by a gang of 4 year olds who stole my Gummy Bears

Karl
Karl
11 months ago

Being a Tory moron is anti social. Not abusing kids is not

Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
11 months ago

Mae’r hen jaci soch yma yn fy ngwneud yn sâl. Gobeithio y bydd allan ar ei dîn yn yr etholiad nesaf. Gwynt teg ar ôl yr uffar.

Steve Woods
Steve Woods
11 months ago

In a recent interview with Wales Online, Andrew RT Davies confirmed the Valentine’s poem and all other Tweets were genuine and had been posted by himself.

Some people have no shame.

hdavies15
hdavies15
11 months ago

Perhaps the smacking ban should be relaxed to allow say a 100 members of the public to give ARTD a hefty smack around his earhole in an attempt to clear his head. If that doesn’t work then by his own standards another 100 should be invited to smack the other side of his head. Eventually we might get some kind of result. I’d settle for his silence.

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