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England-only Covid broadcasts shouldn’t be on Welsh TV screens, Plaid Cymru MS suggests

14 Dec 2021 3 minutes Read
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A Plaid Cymru MS has suggested that England-only Covid announcements should not be on Welsh TV screens.

Delyth Jewell, a regional Senedd member for South Wales East, has called for broadcast rules to be changed to stop “inaccurate information” being spread in Wales.

During a debate in the Senedd, she pointed to an England-only broadcast made by Boris Johnson on Sunday, which was was broadcast on Welsh TV screens but was “not relevant to us”.

In response, the Welsh Government’s Trefnydd Lesley Griffiths argued that Boris Johnson should make it “very clear” when he’s only “speaking on behalf of the people of England” in an announcement.

Jewell told the Senedd: “On Sunday evening, Trefnydd, Boris Johnson’s broadcast was on Welsh TV screens saying that everyone would receive a third vaccination by the end of the year.

“Now, at the time, this was an England-only announcement, and this isn’t the first time for the Prime Minister to have made a statement broadcast on Welsh TV screens that was not relevant to us.

“The one in May was much worse, when Mr Johnson announced that the advice had changed from stay at home to a slogan that was far more ambiguous. This announcement didn’t apply in Wales.

“The advice here was that we should continue to stay at home, but there was no explanation at the time that the announcement was not relevant to Wales.”

‘Causing confusion’ 

“I think it’s clear, therefore, that we need changes in broadcasting rules to prevent inaccurate information being broadcast here and causing confusion, if not risks.

“I’m pleased therefore that the co-operation agreement between Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Government includes a commitment to consider establishing a shadow broadcasting and communications authority for Wales, as this body could recommend such a change.

“Could the Government, therefore, timetable a statement on this at some point in the new year, in order to provide details on the next steps?”

The Trefnydd Lesley Griffiths replied: “Thank you. I think it’s very important, when the Prime Minister does make these announcements, that he makes it very clear that, on that particular occasion, he’s speaking on behalf of the people of England, and that’s why it was very good to see our First Minister addressing the people of Wales in a similar vein on Monday evening.

“The point you raise, as you say, it is within the co-operation agreement between Delyth Jewell’s party and my own, and I’m sure, as we work through the 46 policies, a statement will be brought before the Senedd.”

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Dave
Dave
1 month ago

suggested this in an online Welsh Labour meeting over a year ago and for all my Plaid friends, look at the posters in Welsh Government buildings and spot Boris the Idiot everywhere. I have even spoken to council management who still think that Bo Jo instigates Welsh Policy.

Rhosddu
Rhosddu
1 month ago

This is an intentional omission by Johnson, I’m sure. I have always felt that he has never forgiven the Welsh and Scottish First Ministers for developing their own strategies and broadcasting them very soon after his original ‘PAN-UK’ covid broadcast in March 2020.
It is, however, useful for Welsh and Scottish citizens to be aware of any new regulations in England if they wish to travel to that country, so the broadcasts should continue being shown here. But Johnson must act grown-up and point out that his regulations are England-only. If he won’t, then the broadcasts should definitely stop.

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Rhosddu

… and Drakefords’ broadcasts should be fed into England so that eedjits from over the border don’t come here with daft quips like “them rules don’t apply to us, we’re from Birmingham/Cheshire/ etc etc “. There’s a contempt for Drakeford across the border which just shows how effin’ dim those English really are.

Ann
Ann
1 month ago

The real problem is that there isn’t an English Government! It is always hard to discern whether announcements by the UK Government are actually for the UK o’r England only!

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago
Reply to  Ann

For a long time the BBC were confused. It’s taken them an eternity to realise there are four nations in Britain rather than one. England

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

I totally agree. No wonder there’s confusion , especially when you see England’s Covid rules beamed throughout Britain while Wales announcements are isolated and regionalised in BBC basement tucked out of sight. And no offence to my Scottish friends, but I’ve noticed also how the BBC including other broadcasters like ITV, Sky & Ch4 prioritise England & Scotland Covid announcements but largely ignore Wales and NI. They do this in other aspects of Welsh life too, be it representing Wales in their programming, the Senedd Election coverage etc….. So it’s high time Wales had the devolution of broadcasting. No more… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Y Cymro
Gwyn Meredith
Gwyn Meredith
1 month ago

The problem is that too many people in this country do not watch this country’s English-language television service from choice but we are not supposed to mention this problem

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