‘Hard to know if it’s Plaid or Drakeford creating interest in independence’, says ex-minister
It’s “hard to know” if it’s Plaid Cymru or Mark Drakeford creating interest in independence, according to a former minister.
Rhodri Glyn Thomas, who used to be the Plaid Cymru AM for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, said the First Minister has “established the idea of Wales as a nation within the debate about the future of the United Kingdom”.
Back in March a Savanta ComRes poll commissioned by ITV put support for independence at an all time high of 39%.
According to Thomas, who was the Minister for Heritage in the One Wales coalition government with Labour, Drakeford is responsible for creating “clear red water” between Wales and Westminster.
He made the comments in a column for the Welsh language magazine, Golwg, in which he branded Plaid Cymru’s election results since 1999 as “disastrous”.
He said: “The electoral machine is responsible for winning and rewinning constituency and regional seats, but one figure had maintained and guided Labour Party thought.
“Ruling was the only interest of Rhodri Morgan and Carwyn Jones, but the man responsible for establishing the thought and the image for the party is Mark Drakeford.
“He’s responsible for the clear red water and he’s established the idea of Wales as a nation within the debate about the future of the United Kingdom.
“By now, it’s hard to know if it’s him o’r Plaid Cymru creating the interest in and support for independence.
“It’s true that the coronavirus emergency has lifted Mark Drakeford’s political profile, but the truth is that his influence has been central to enabling the Labour Party react creatively to devolution and to governing over 20 years, which is remarkable, if not unique.”