Hotel owner accuses First Minister of ‘secretly’ extending Covid legislation
A leading hotelier has accused Mark Drakeford of “secretly” extending Covid-19 legislation by three months.
Jonathan Greatorex, owner of The Hand at Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, has been a vocal critic of the Welsh Government over its handling of the pandemic.
Greatorex, who also describes himself as a consumer and civil rights campaigner, hit out at the First Minister on Twitter.
He said: “Level 0”, yet you secretly extend Covid legislation for another 3 months? Is @fmwales so desperate to cling on to his self-indulged, Covid-fueled (sic) power trip that he can’t quite give up control yet?
He also posted a picture of the amendment which extended the period covered by the legislation from August 27 to November 26.
“Level 0”, yet you secretly extend Covid legislation for another 3 months? Is @fmwales so desperate to cling on to his self-indulged, Covid-fueled power trip that he can’t quite give up control yet? pic.twitter.com/mNwZogk5Xm
— Jonathan Greatorex (@greatorex) August 7, 2021
His stance was supported by Jim Jones, the chief executive of North Wales Tourism, who added: “It’s the only thing that keeps him relevant.”
Greatorex also hit out with an expletive filled rant in January after an investigation was launched into allegation that Senedd members were drinking alcohol during the pub booze ban in Wales.
The then Welsh Conservatives leader Paul Davies, Clwyd West MS Darren Millar, the party’s chief of staff Paul Smith and Labour’s Alun Davies all apologised for their behaviour.
In his video posted on Twitter, he warned people who were easily offended to “switch off”.
He said: “My bar has been shut now for over a f****** month and we have four elected f****** members of Welsh Parliament who decide that the rules that apply to me don’t apply to them.
“Tens of thousands of people in Wales have lost their jobs in this industry, in hospitality, and they have got the disgrace, the insult, to think that the rules don’t apply to them when they apply to us.
“Shall I just open my f****** bar if the f****** rules don’t apply?”
He claimed he has had police and licensing people ensuring he was complying with regulations but that he was always “applying by the rules”.
“But those four f****** melts in the Welsh Assembly decide it does not apply to them,” he adds.
He later told North Wales Live: “I just think that Welsh hospitality has given its all to protect the NHS and save lives. We have no more to give and when we hear about the ‘rule makers’ treating us with contempt like this, it is a step too far.
“Everyone involved, all the way down the supply chain to the farmers producing Welsh produce is suffering with no roadmap out. The time has come for us to start saving livelihoods as well as lives.”