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Former Welsh Secretary suggests BBC ‘ignores’ England following football win

08 Jul 2021 2 minutes Read
John Redwood MP by Richard Townshend (CC BY 3.0)

A former Welsh Secretary has suggested that the BBC ignores England, following the country’s win against Denmark in the semi-final of Euro 2020.

John Redwood, the Tory MP for Wokingham in Berkshire, claimed England was the most “ignored and understated” country in the union, after Gareth Southgate’s men booked their place in the final against Italy with a 2-1 win over the Danes.

He also claimed the football success was “great for the UK”, despite Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland each having their own international football teams.

England came back from being a goal down to beat Denmark after extra time after Mikkel Damsgaard put the Danes ahead with a free kick.

They equalised when Simon Kjaer put past his own keeper trying to stop Raheem Sterling from connecting with Bukayo Saka’s low cross.

Harry Kane scored the winner from a rebound after Kasper Schmeichel had saved his penalty.

In response to the win, Redwood said: “Brilliant England win. Great for the UK. Great for the most ignored and understated country in our Union. Even the BBC has to mention England today.”

‘Nonsense’ 

Daily Mirror associate editor replied: “What’s most disturbing is the former Secretary of State for Wales believes this nonsense #daftlad”.

The Conservative politician has previously lashed out at devolution, claiming it is “unfair on England”.

He was responding to a suggestion by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown that the UK is at risk of becoming a “failed state” and that it needs “fundamental reform”.

This was after Brown was tasked by Labour’s Westminster leader Keir Starmer with looking at how more power could be devolved to the nations and regions of the UK.

But according to Redwood, devolution was “lop-sided” and his “latest suggestions would make things worse.”

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Ieuan Evans
Ieuan Evans
15 days ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣And he was our Secretary of state. Cloud cuckoo land or what

j humphrys
j humphrys
15 days ago

Good luck to the England team. B**** to the Tories.

Gill Jones
Gill Jones
15 days ago

Ridiculous Redwood must be watching a different BBC to the rest of us!

Nick Randall-Smith
Nick Randall-Smith
14 days ago

The worst Secretary for Wales in the history of job, he was as thick as a plank.

Phil Davies
Phil Davies
14 days ago

He mimed a good anthem!

Chris
Chris
14 days ago
Reply to  Phil Davies

Shame it wasn’t ours though

Cai Wogan Jones
Cai Wogan Jones
14 days ago

One has to question John Major’s values, judgment and regard for Wales and the Welsh in appointing a rabid English nationalist as Secretary of State for Wales. Redwood, who famously never slept a night in Wales while holding the office of SoS. And refused to sign any document in Welsh.

Chris
Chris
14 days ago

Didn’t realise he was still around. Thought he’d long been sent to the Home for befuddled old Tories

Marc Arkless
Marc Arkless
11 days ago
Reply to  Chris

You mean the House of Lords?

defaid
defaid
14 days ago

I too would like to suggest that the BBC ignores England.

(Sorry, I misinterpreted the headline…)

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
14 days ago

Either he is in a parallel universe or he knows what he is doing and causing trouble by whipping up English nationalism, playing with fire and very dangerous. Just look what happened to the former Yugoslavia.

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
14 days ago

I think I will ignore John Redwood.

Gill Jones
Gill Jones
14 days ago
Reply to  Mr Williams

I think we have always ignored this prat. It’s worth reading Elfyn Llwyd’s biography to see the true measure of the obnoxious self-serving Redwood.

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
14 days ago
Reply to  Mr Williams

What he is doing is very dangerous and playing with fire by whipping up English nationalism, just look what happened to the former Yugoslavia.

Adrian Pudsey
Adrian Pudsey
14 days ago

Look at all the money you get from England, lots every year.

Marc Arkless
Marc Arkless
11 days ago
Reply to  Adrian Pudsey

Is that sarcasm? Please tell me it’s sarcasm!

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
13 days ago

Here’s Dic Mortimer’s article on all the Welsh Secretaries. His opinion of Redwood is pretty choice.

https://dicmortimer.com/2019/02/08/tory-welsh-secretaries/

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