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Ex-Tory MSP suggests Wales shouldn’t have been allowed to set its own Covid rules

30 Dec 2021 2 minutes Read
Former Conservative MSP Brian Monteith being interviewed on GB News

A former Tory MSP has suggested that Wales should not have been allowed to set its own rules to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Brian Monteith who represented the Mid Scotland and Fife region in the Scottish Parliament has argued that there should have been a “UK-wide approach”, which would have put Boris Johnson’s government in charge of Wales’ Covid regulations.

He claimed that it was a “big error” for powers over Covid rules to be “devolved down to different administrations”.

According to the Welsh Election Study conducted by Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre, the Welsh public overwhelmingly prefers the Welsh Government’s handing of the pandemic to the UK Government’s.

It put the percentage of respondents who though the approach of the Welsh Government to handling the lockdown was good at 49.72%, while only 28.41% thought the approach of the UK Government was good.

When it came to communicating its decisions, 56.01% of respondents thought the approach of the Welsh Government was good, compared to 37.32% for the UK Government.

Monteith told GB News: “Well it certainly looks like Boris Johnson has got it right, but the big error is that right from the start this should have been a UK-wide national emergency, not devolved down to different administrations.

“So we have all of these confusing and self-defeating competitions between politicians as to who is going to get it right. That could have been avoided by having a UK approach, and now we’re seeing the ridiculous nature of people traveling from different parts of the country to beat the different bans. It’s just ridiculous.”

‘Omicron variant’ 

England has the highest seven-day positivity rate any country in the UK, as cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 surge in the country.

The governments of Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland have put tighter restrictions in place in a bid to bring down the number of cases, while Boris Johnson’s UK government has refused to do the same in England.

This has led Professor Andrew Watterson, of the faculty of health sciences at the University of Stirling, to suggest that England is “out of step”, adding that “one would have expected a more precautionary and preventative approach” from the UK Government.

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Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
25 days ago

By “travelling from different parts of the country” I presume he means “from one country to another”, but he can’t bring himself to say it. Absolute dinosaur.

Argol Fawr
Argol Fawr
25 days ago
Reply to  Wrexhamian

Brian Monteith‘s arrogance is merely the lower benchmark of all tories, who see Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as nothing more than English possessions.

Stephen
Stephen
25 days ago

The Tories/Unionists feel very threatened…

hdavies15
hdavies15
25 days ago

Failed Jock Tory goes on GB News to spout garbage. Big deal. He flopped on his own turf and now thinks he’s got the credibility to pontificate further afield. Very sad delusion that.

George
George
25 days ago

“Well it certainly looks like Boris Johnson has got it right,”

There’s undoubtedly things that each nation got right and wrong but insufficient nuance in this analysis if covering the whole pandemic and it being such an early analysis if covering the Omicron wave makes rest of his words pointless.

Statements like this show how worried Tories in England and Celtic Nations are regarding judgement of their own performance. Something that applies to Drakeford in a small way too, If they were fully confident in what they’ve done they wouldn’t be pointing the finger at others.

Glyn Jones
Glyn Jones
25 days ago

Really? Not according to ‘Our World in Data’ and ‘JHU CSSE’ covid figures, which show Wales as having a death rate of 1.09% per covid cases, and England of 1.2%, (figures updated 28/12/21).

j humphrys
j humphrys
25 days ago

Aren’t they sweeties? Always thinking of us! But why do they all look so similar?

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
25 days ago
Reply to  j humphrys

Given the amount of abuse that right wing Tories are throwing at Wales I suspect that this part of an organised campaign from Downing Street to shift attention away from the disaster that Omicron is about to create in England. Personally I would have wished Mr Drakeford had stressed Covid Distancing as that is surely one of the best ways of mitigating the spread of this particular variant. From my observations of perople’s behaviour here in West Wales too few folk (of all ages) are trying to avoid close contact.

Mochyn 69
Mochyn 69
25 days ago

The toraidhs in Wales are totally toxic and need to be utterly extirpated

Or to put it another way, we need to win the arguments across the country and make Wales a tory free zone

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Y Cymro
Y Cymro
25 days ago

This Scottish Tory quisling attitude towards Wales typifies Unionism. Imposition and an English size fits all. If Wales followed England’s would have had deaths in the high thousands not low. Wales , Scotland & NI have tailored their own response to Covid. Thank heaven for devolution. We’d be in a far worse situation if Whitehall coordinated our fight against the pandemic. The mistakes made by Boris Johnson’s Tory Government caused the deaths of tens of thousands in England . The Tories wasted billions on a failed Covid testing system. Lost hundreds of millions purchasing tons of unusable PPE supplies .… Read more »

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
25 days ago

It is nothing to do with him

defaid
defaid
25 days ago

“Not allowed!?” I thought, getting ready with the righteous fire, and then I saw it was a quote from the Comedy Channel.

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