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Boris Johnson doesn’t meet with Wales and Scotland because of his ‘fragile male ego’ – Sturgeon

30 Oct 2021 2 minutes Read
Mark Drakeford, Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon

Boris Johnson sends Michael Gove to deal with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland because his ego is too fragile to do it himself, Nicola Sturgeon has suggested.

Communities Secretary Michael Gove has undertaken the majority of the UK Government’s meetings with the autonomous governments, earning him the nickname ‘England’s unofficial First Minister’.

While Wales’ First Minister has frequently complained about a lack of contact with the Prime Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said that it could be because of his “fragile male ego”.

She was speaking to Vogue magazine ahead of the Cop26 summit in Glasgow, discussing the campaign for Scottish independence and her approach to climate change.

“He tends to delegate most of his interactions with the devolved governments to Michael Gove,” she said.

“That’s fine, Michael Gove and I work together well, but it’s a different approach to his predecessors.”

Asked why she thought this was the case, she said: “Maybe it’s just a bit of a fragile male ego.

“He seems to have a disinclination to be, metaphorically speaking, in the same room as me. It’s odd.”

‘Ring me’

Mark Drakeford most recently told the Guardian that he hadn’t spoken to Boris Johnson since June.

However, Boris Johnson hit back in an interview with ITV Wales’ political editor, Adrian Masters, earlier this month.

“He keeps saying by the way that I never I never call him, well he never calls me – I mean come on – it takes two to tango,” he said.

“I love the guy but he’s not on the phone to me all the time [and] I keep reading in the papers: ‘Mark Drakeford denounces Boris Johnson for failing to ring him up’ – well come on, you know he can always – If he really wants to have a conversation then he can ring me up.”

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GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
1 month ago

It was Johnson who ran away from the COBRA meetings for 6 months during a pandemic, no-one else.

j humphrys
j humphrys
1 month ago

Can’t afford to call Ibiza all the time?

Pipps
Pipps
1 month ago

Are you implying that Johnson thinks Drakeford is too feminine?

Lowri C
Lowri C
1 month ago

Boris Johnson doesn’t meet with the devolved nations because he has zero interest in Wales, Scotland and NI.

Mew Gary
Mew Gary
1 month ago
Reply to  Lowri C

He could just let the devolved nations go then?

j humphrys
j humphrys
1 month ago
Reply to  Mew Gary

Devolved. The very word is an insult.

Last edited 1 month ago by j humphrys
Carol Loughlin
Carol Loughlin
1 month ago

Wasn’t it Johnson who last year ignored Drakeford’s phone calls and letters and chose instead to publish his reply in a national newspaper?

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
1 month ago

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Mawkernewek
1 month ago

I’ve seen the original article (written by Marie Le Conte) though I’m wondering if Nicola Sturgeon was being sarcastic when she said “Michael Gove and I work together well”?

CJPh
CJPh
1 month ago

More of the soap operafication of politics. Anyone remember when politics wasn’t like watching an episode of hollyoaks? Finne chwaith…

j humphrys
j humphrys
1 month ago
Reply to  CJPh

Whole West seems full of it. You know when they are in trouble when they buy a puppy.
Have to admit Drakey is far more diplomatic than most imo.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
1 month ago

Not sure about the male ego angle, I think it’s more about an imagined feeling of superiority. Johnson believes the First Ministers are beneath the total authority of the supreme leader of the UK – the Prime Minister. This is not a land of equals, that’s not what Westminster wants.

Mick Tems
Mick Tems
1 month ago

Isn’t it true to say that Bonking Bozo doesn’t meet with Mark Drakeford and Nicola Sturgeon because he’s a lazy, lying, misogynistic, racist, incompetent coward?

Quornby
Quornby
1 month ago

I think Nicola meant his fogged brain.

Dale McElwee
Dale McElwee
1 month ago
Reply to  Quornby

?

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

Smirking clown Boris Johnson is good at playing the fool but terrible at debating serious matters.

I’ve noticed in many interviews that when cornered without his Tory HQ script flounders and that’s his achilles heal to attack.

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