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Drakeford ‘U-turn’ on Covid passes ‘closing stable door after horse has bolted’ say Conservatives

17 Sep 2021 3 minutes Read
First Minister Mark Drakeford and Andrew RT Davies. Pictures by Senedd Cymru (CC BY 2.0).

The Conservatives have said that the First Minister is “closing the stable door after the horse has bolted” on Covid passes.

Andrew RT Davies said that Covid rates in Wales were currently falling and that the peak in infections had been reached a fortnight earlier.

He described the measure as a “Covid passport” although Mark Drakeford has denied this, saying that it is only a Covid pass as proof of a negative test will be enough to be able to access ‘high risk’ events.

“This is another disappointing U-turn from Labour’s First Minister who told me in July he was against the idea of people having to show a COVID passport to enter a venue or event in Wales,” Andrew RT Davies said.

“Welsh Conservatives have been against the introduction of such documentation from the outset, due to the wide-ranging ethical, equality, privacy, legal, and operational ramifications.

“The inclusion of the lateral flow test element eases one area of concern but a whole host remain, particularly regarding the overall effectiveness of this measure and the impact it will have on businesses, jobs and Wales’ economic recovery.

“The timing of its implementation in Wales by ministers is also questionable and will come a fortnight after the peak in the Labour Government’s own modelling of the latest wave, and some two months after these large-scale events resumed and venues across the country.

“For many, even those who support such a restriction, this looks like another perfect example of Labour ministers in Cardiff Bay closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.”

‘Lectured’

Mark Drakeford said at today’s press conference that his Cabinet had only decided on the measure last night.

Earlier in the week he had sparred with Andrew RT Davies in the Senedd when asked whether the measure was under consideration.

The First Minister said he has been “lectured” by the UK Government on the need for vaccine passports.

He said: “I have lost count of the number of meetings I have sat through with UK ministers in which they have lectured me about the necessity of vaccine certification. When I have raised with them the ethical, the legal, and the practical issues that need to be resolved, I’ve generally been treated as though these were details that ought not to get in the way of this necessary course of action.”

Mark Drakeford claimed he was notified “as late as the end of last week” that the UK Government would be going ahead with vaccine certification, but England’s health secretary Sajid Javid announceed on Sunday that they were not going ahead.

Vaccine certification will be required for nightclubs and other large events in England if data suggests action is needed to prevent unsustainable pressure on the NHS, according to the UK Government’s ‘Plan B’ for winter.

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j humphrys
j humphrys
1 month ago

It looks like a no win for the FM? He is often quoted as supporting the Union “insurance policy”, but can never get “assurance” as to which direction they may turn in any one day.

Notta Bott
Notta Bott
1 month ago

RT Davies would be in support of passes if Marky boy said no to them, that twp only says the opposite of what Labour does, he has no brain for himself.

Erisian
Erisian
1 month ago
Reply to  Notta Bott

Farty Davies (Flatulence and Unionists) only ever says or does what he thinks make him look electable to the deluded little dupes who voted for him in the past. He has never said or done anything that demonstarted he has Wales’s best interests at heart.

George Bodley
George Bodley
1 month ago
Reply to  Notta Bott

Rt davies a failed conservative like bojo in the little Englander parliament

Erisian
Erisian
1 month ago

Point of order Mr Editor. A Conservative has said. Not THE Conservatives.
I expect they would agree with RTD but did you ask them all?

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

Is this the same Andrew RT Davies who represents a Conservative & Unionist party that’s U-turned more times than Mark Thatcher did ilwhen lost in the Sahara Desert. I have provided five examples, and there’s many more, of Conservative policy U-turns. Oh, and seeing Andrew RT Davies always uses England as his benchmark for Wales to aspire to being a blinkered Unionist, should accept & embrace when his hypocritical party lies and backtracks. 1: Education in England: Tories U-turn by announcing that all English students will receive the A-level grades their teachers predicted for them and not have their futures… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Y Cymro
George Bodley
George Bodley
1 month ago

Wtf Davies and his failed government in westminster can butt out of welsh politics

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