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‘Getting into bed with nationalists’: Conservatives in Scotland use Plaid Cymru deal to attack Labour

23 Nov 2021 3 minutes Read
Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar. Picture by the Scottish Parliament. Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford. Picture by the Welsh Government.

Both Conservatives and the SNP in Scotland have used Welsh Labour’s deal with Plaid Cymru as a stick with which to beat their Scottish counterparts.

The Conservatives attacked Scottish Labour for being in a party that was dealing with the nationalists, while the SNP criticised them for their refusal to do the same in Scotland.

Tory MSP Stephen Kerr shared a post that said: “Across the UK, Labour are getting into bed with Nationalists to secure power. You can’t trust them with the Union.” The message was originally created by the organisation group Conservative Friends of the Union.

Labour’s deal with Plaid Cymru was also pointed to by supporters of the SNP, with Scottish National columnist Martin Hannan asking “It all begs the question – if Labour can do a deal with Plaid Cymru in Wales, why not with the SNP in Scotland?”

Calling the deal “progressive” and “far-sighted” he said that the policy that will “give the Red and Blue Unionists the heebie-jeebies” was the plan to increase the Senedd from 60 to between 80 and 100 members.

He also contrasted Welsh Labour’s relaxed take on members campaigning for independence with Scottish Labour’s opposition to the issue, adding that it was “time for Sarwar to say what he will do.”

Scotland’s SNP First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also praised the deal, calling it “grown up” politics.

‘Trust’

The deal revealed yesterday by the First Minister and Leader of Plaid Cymru outlines a three-year cooperation agreement that includes action on free school meals for all, strengthening the Welsh media, a north-south railway, the teaching of Welsh history, second homes, and a larger Senedd.

The two partners – the Welsh Government and the Plaid Cymru Senedd Group – will work together to jointly develop and oversee the delivery of the policies covered by the agreement, they said.

The First Minister Mark Drakeford said that this would be in addition to the Welsh Government’s own “ambitious Programme for Government”.

“But we do not have a monopoly on good ideas and we will work with progressive parties where we have shared and common interests to benefit people in Wales,” he said.

Adam Price, Leader of Plaid Cymru said that the cooperation agreement delivered on the promise for “a new type of politics”.

“They placed their trust in a new democracy with an instruction to work differently – inclusively and cooperatively,” he said.

“The challenges we face require real ambition to deliver radical ideas. The fallout from leaving the European Union, the legacy of the pandemic, and the UK Government’s determination to erode the Senedd’s powers all increase the need for transformational change.”

The deal is not a coalition and Plaid Cymru Members will not be joining the Welsh Government as Ministers or Deputy Ministers.

Plaid Cymru will appoint a designated lead member for the agreement and committees made up of Welsh Ministers and Plaid Cymru designated members will be established to reach agreement on issues covered by the Co-operation Agreement.

The deal is not set in stone as Plaid Cymru’s own members will need to ratify it at the party’s conference.

 

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GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
4 days ago

As opposed to the right wing English nationalism the tories push down our throats, yes?

Cris Cogydd
Cris Cogydd
4 days ago

For “Union” read colonisation

Andrew
Andrew
4 days ago

Anything that rattles the Westminster self serving zeros of hypocrisy is a good thing. Little Englander nationalism is the driving force for anti union sentiment. Every time a Tory opens his mouth about independence, more people think about the option so keep it coming you tax dodging hedge fund multiple job gravey train brigade. The Peppa Pig world of political ideology is amusingly playing into the open hands of independence Day.

Welsh_Siôn
Welsh_Siôn
4 days ago

Remind these Tories of their associations with the DUP in the time (under Mrs May) and how they have now morphed into the Brexit Party and English Nationalist Party.

Either they have short memories. Or they are hypocrites.

No, wait. They’re both.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
4 days ago

This is so funny from our Tartan Tories. Didn’t they support Ukip & Brexit party’s narrow-minded little England Brexit agenda that had racist councillors and supporters like well-known thugs like Tommy Robinson in their ranks, and they attack Welsh nationalism, a force for good by the way, by cooperating with Welsh Labour for the betterment of Wales rather than whining from the sidelines like they and the Welsh Conservatives do. Do us a favour. Shut up and go back under your dank stones you Tory trolls

Last edited 4 days ago by Y Cymro
Cai Wogan Jones
Cai Wogan Jones
4 days ago

Hang on. Weren’t the Tories pressing for a coalition with Plaid in 2008?

This name-calling sounds rather hollow in the circumstances.

Gareth
Gareth
4 days ago

I was under the impression that a Tory in Scotland was like the Dodo, extinct. At least now I know different, but just like here, they spout the same old gibberish.

Grayham Jones
4 days ago

It’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 kick all English party’s out of wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 start fighting for your children and grandchildren future in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 stop being little Englanders and be proud to be welsh

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