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Drakeford’s handling of Omicron will show ‘indy curious’ that British ‘muddling through’ is best claims Telegraph

23 Dec 2021 3 minutes Read
First Minister Mark Drakeford. Picture by the Welsh Government.

Mark Drakeford’s handling of the Omicron crisis will show the “indy curious” that the British way of “looking on the bright side and muddling through” is superior to that of the Welsh Government, a Telegraph columnist has said.

Columnist Jamie Blackett said that Mark Drakeford was “drunk on power” and that his imposing of restrictions and warnings about Omicron were primarily a means of being able to blame “wicked Westminster” for the problem.

In contrast to Wales and Scotland, he said, Prime Minister Boris Johnson “bravely holds his nerve, under sustained, and sometimes hysterical, pressure from the health lobby and its cheerleaders in the media”.

“And if, as seems likely, their restrictions are proved to be unnecessarily draconian, I hope the narrative will finally shift its focus from Boris bashing to scrutinising these shameless demagogues,” he said.

“It may be too much to hope for, but perhaps it might persuade the ‘indy curious’ to stare into the dystopian abyss of separation and conclude that the British way of looking on the bright side and muddling through is better after all.”

‘Ominous’

Mark Drakeford announced yesterday that a rule of six customers at a table, face masks and table service would be reintroduced in Wales from Boxing Day. That followed restrictions on sporting events on Monday which moved many rugby and football matches over the New Year behind closed doors.

In Scotland, all outdoor events will be limited to just 500 people from Boxing Day. Indoor events such as concerts will be limited to 200 people if they are seated, or 100 for standing. As in Wales, table service and 1m social distancing will return to the hospitality sector from 27 December.

Writing in the Telegraph, Jamie Blackett took aim at the restrictions and said that Mark Drakeford and Nicola Sturgeon have “assiduously talked up Omicron since it first emerged in South Africa”.

“They have trailed their media conferences in press releases laden with ominous threats before strutting onto their stages and inflicting economic pain on their peoples with faux gravitas and sonorous warnings of wholly hypothetical worst case scenarios,” he said.

“In both cases they have gambled on being able to blame the wicked Westminster Government for not finding the money to compensate entertainment and hospitality businesses pushed into difficulty by their actions.

“It may yet be that they are proved right and omicron does ravage England while the devolved nations are unscathed. But for the moment the evidence does not support their actions.”


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adopted cardi
adopted cardi
6 months ago

One good reason for never ever wasting good walking time reading trash like the telegraph – with pillocks like this being employed to tell them how it is.

Gaynor Jones
Gaynor Jones
6 months ago

Is this the standard of writing and political analysis in the Telegraph these days, once a great paper. Last night i watched Yes Minister, are those script writers now running the UK and London Media? It was the episode where Jim with the help of Sir Humphrey becomes PM by scheming and campaigning to save the British Sausage from the regulations of the European CM. Followed by a Hilarious series of speeches about sausages, yesterday’s fiction but TODAY IT IS REALITY!!!

Andrew Thomas
Andrew Thomas
6 months ago

Probably wrote his article from the safety of his holiday home !

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
6 months ago

Deluded.

Stuart Cane
Stuart Cane
6 months ago

Johnson “bravely holds his nerve” as his bus crashes from one side of the street to the other, desperately steering too late to avoid another car crash before he changes direction and repeats the error over and over again.

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
6 months ago

The time I start listening to some journalist who sits in their ignorant little London bubble while talking crap about a country they have never been to and know f-all about is the time you can officially shoot me in the head and put me down for good.

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
6 months ago

Imagine defending all the corruption, lies, criminality and deaths and using all the devolved governments as a deflection to protect the over privileged eton scum.

Malcolm rj
Malcolm rj
6 months ago

The Welsh people should stop bying that paper

Erisian
Erisian
6 months ago
Reply to  Malcolm rj

Very few do. But like most broadsheets, it does line the cat’s tray a treat.

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
6 months ago

“Prime Minister Boris Johnson “bravely holds his nerve, under sustained, and sometimes hysterical, pressure from the health lobby and its cheerleaders in the media”.” Don’t make me laugh. Bojo the Clown is not now, never has been and never will be a leader. Michael Heseltine summed him up best: he said of Bojo the Clown that he doesn’t lead, he stands to one side of the crowd, waits to see which way it is moving and then runs to the front and shouts ‘follow me’. If Bojo the Clown was a leader he would do what he believed was right… Read more »

Eric Hall
6 months ago

It least there won’t be another shortage of toilet paper in the UK as long as this disgusting rag continues in print.

Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
6 months ago
Reply to  Eric Hall

I would never insult my a*** by going anywhere near it with that rag

Gareth
Gareth
6 months ago

This type of article is what is known as, “dead cat strategy” or “deadcatting”, where an article is written to deflect from, in this case, the latest party photo/resignation/bad news item for Boris. The article has no substance, and if this is the best he can do, he may as well give up. I feel for all the people that have lost a loved one to this pandemic, through the inaction of Boris and his team of fools, and the constant lies to cover up incompetence and indifference, to quote Boris,” let the bodies pile high” and ” f**k business”.

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
6 months ago
Reply to  Gareth

This type of deflection was used in the old Soviet Union and is still being used in Russia and China today……….and now Westminster with their media lackeys.

Ed Jones
Ed Jones
6 months ago

Had never heard of this charmer before, so being a modern man, went to Wikipedia, check it out – genuinely think it’s the first entry self penned = hilarious! To save you time, he’s as awful as you’d expect and, in fact, much worse. Scared aren’t they? Without the Celts, they have never had and continue to have no identity…

Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
6 months ago
Reply to  Ed Jones

They are just exploiters always have been, pillage is their forte e.g welsh coal, Scottish oil etc. In the real world they will slump

Dail y Goeden
Dail y Goeden
6 months ago

As always when looking at opinion pieces (“for” or “against”), it’s useful to look at “the detail and the diction”. The final paragraph quoted here was ““It may yet be that they are proved right and omicron does ravage England while the devolved nations are unscathed. But for the moment the evidence does not support their actions.” “Unscathed” is both a word of exaggeration, and not supported by the present facts, the hard numbers of omicron hospital admissions already in the past week in Wales and in Scotland. (Leave aside, in that analysis of the words on the page, the… Read more »

Christian
Christian
6 months ago

I’ve heard there’s a special place in hell for falisifiers…

Erisian
Erisian
6 months ago
Reply to  Christian

Dante certainly thought so.

hdavies15
hdavies15
6 months ago

D.T ? Did anyone expect anything different ? They gave up logic and analysis a long time ago.

Ieuan Evans
Ieuan Evans
6 months ago

Hasn’t Jamie Blackett got good English!!!. Just a shame there’s no comon sense.

Finn
Finn
6 months ago

Subtext to Blackett’s article: he is clearly very much aware of the perceived lack of focus and purpose in Boris’ approach. as compared with that in the celtic nations’. Being of English mindset, this is then spun around into something superior, pragmatically British, and common sensical. The whole angle Jamie Blackett takes is cringe-worthy, laughable. Message to Mr Blackett, to Boris, and other: the main difference between London’s approach to tackling covid19, and that of Cardiff/Edinburgh, is an ideological one. The British government is compromised by an ideological irrationality, hampering its effectiveness, and leading to the deaths of thousands upon… Read more »

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
6 months ago
Reply to  Finn

My friend, start calling them by their true name. The English government. Because that’s what they are.

Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
6 months ago
Reply to  Finn

When use instruments from the extreme right wing demagogue’s toolbox they should not be surprised when people call them fascists

Mark
Mark
6 months ago

These clowns are an embarrassment to journalism, they will make up the biggest pile of lies, half truths and bull s*it just to defend the parasites that reside in Westminster and Whitehall, its well past the time that these jokes did their jobs and held the UK government to account, and stop bullying smaller countries and their democratically elected governments.

Jonathan Gwyn Mendus Edwards
Jonathan Gwyn Mendus Edwards
6 months ago

How many of you actually read this? Carefully, I mean. 1. He is quite happy to be guided by facts=evidence as they emerge, which they haven’t yet. 2. He doesn’t like Drakeford’s style. An opinion in which he is not alone. 3. Being on the DT he does not favour Indy, so we disagree with him. 4. A Drakeford style Indy might well be dystopian, but it not the only style available. Personally, I’d like to see a Wales that is economically dynamic and self-sufficient, my people free from neurosis. But we’re not exactly there yet, are we?

Ieuan Evans
Ieuan Evans
6 months ago

And lets not forget, he is Eton educated. I wonder where his loyalties lie

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
6 months ago

Let’s face it you’ll find more common sense in the Beano than the Telegraph. 90,000 cases and Johnson is content to just continue with his ‘cheese and wine’ parties instead of acting to save lives, boosted by deluded article writing. Quite the opposite to what the Torygraph spouts – we are far better off out.

George
George
6 months ago

We’re going to see so much outcome bias from this difference in approach. Did the evidence justify taking action when the decision was made and was the overall judgement correct to take action?

I guess I’m asking whether Boris would have taken action if not for 100 MP’s recently shouting “No” and “Don’t believe the scientists/health professionals” and I think the answer is that he would have.

And do those 100 have any to back up their views other than want to do a bit of science bashing? I haven’t seen it.

Notta Bott
Notta Bott
6 months ago

I have news for you Torygraph, if at the end of this it shows it didn’t work well, Drakeford will likely say so. Bojo would lie and call it a success. This will show the indy curious that our own indy government are more accountable than the elite in WM. Politics can be better in Wales

Dewi Williams
Dewi Williams
6 months ago

The English Press and Establishment obviously are concerned that the servile Welsh are getting a bit “Uppity” and need to be slapped down and put in their place. What puerile and shocking journalism not to realise that Mark cannot be drunk with something he has not got in the first place. The effective “power” that exists is unequivocally vested in the English Westminster. What power Mark has in comparative terms is fictional. Blackett attaches it to the wrong man. This offensive label clearly better describes and belongs to Boris. It is becoming clear that the English Political Establishment are becoming… Read more »

Erisian
Erisian
6 months ago

Save us from the Torygraph…
I think it’s time we started submitting articles to the Western Mail and the Abergavenny Chronicle opining about life Mayfair and Knightsbridge.
Based on the BS above, we are at least as well informed and qualified to do so.

Michael Lloyd
Michael Lloyd
6 months ago

Since when has Nation Cymru been a telegraph advert page? Can’t you find your own news items to print?

James
James
6 months ago

Mark Drakeford is drunk on power. 10 cases of deaths were reported yesterday. He has lied about the omicron virus and Wales now has one of the biggest waiting lists for operations whilst Cancer and other conditions go undiagnosed. He is a national disgrace.

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
6 months ago
Reply to  James

‘…Wales now has one of the biggest waiting lists for operations…”

Not the biggest then. I wonder who that is.

As for ‘drunk on power’ you really need to look to number 10.

Rhosddu
Rhosddu
6 months ago

If this “opinion piece” is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, it’s infantile and unfunny. If it’s meant to be serious, it’s offensive and factually incorrect. Unadulterated c***u mochyn.

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
6 months ago

Lol. They are very worried aren’t they 😁

Rhodri Thomas
Rhodri Thomas
6 months ago

Could we possibly find anyone less like a demagogue than Mark Drakeford?

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
6 months ago

Wales has so much untapped potential. For years now have been hoodwinked by Unionists who talked Wales down whilst England up. See, If you are continually told you are useless , incapable, or too small will eventually believe the lie. Sad but true. But If any positives can come our if this Covid pandemic, besides the vaccines , is finally Wales has seen the light regarding the benefits of devolution and how independence is at touching distance. And by controlling our own destiny, can make Wales a prosperous more socially just country to live in, where you don’t have to… Read more »

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