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‘I subsidise Wales’ says English Tory MP in attack on Welsh Covid rules

29 Dec 2021 3 minute read
Michael Fabricant MO. UK Parliament (CC 3.0)

An English Tory MP has said “I subsidise Wales” during an attack on Welsh Covid-19 regulations.

Michael Fabricant, who represents Lichfield, made the claim after being told that the decisions made in Wales were “none” of his “business”.

He also suggested that the Welsh Government’s style guide for civil servants is “unhinged”, despite the UK Government giving the same advice to its own civil servants. 

In response to the comments, the Welsh Government’s Counsel General, Mick Antoniw has accused the Conservative politician of telling the people of Wales to “know your place”.

He also said that the “Tories are clearly rattled and trying to divert attention from their disastrous government in Westminster”.

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.

Michael Fabricant said: “Labour’s Mark Drakeford, the First Minister of Wales, is showing why people think him to be unhinged.”

In response to the cancellation of a Parkrun outdoor exercise event in Wales, he said: “And now he’s banned @parkrunUK @parkrunbecause he thinks it ‘unhealthy’. His is all political posturing regardless of the epidemiological case.

Andrew Bettridge replied: “Have you ever done a park run or are you just using it to score political points? Not sure why middle England Conservative MPs are all of a sudden so interested in a policy area that they have no influence over.

Fabricant replied: “I have. Yes.”

Bettridge said: “Unless you’ve got interests in becoming a Senedd member, it’s really none of your business.”

Fabricant said: “I subsidise Wales and all this nonsense as all English people do. My mum was Welsh, I speak Welsh (badly) and I hate to see the way Cymru is being run.”

‘You Welsh are so ungrateful’

The Welsh Government’s Counsel General, Mick Antoniw said: “Translates as ‘You Welsh are so ungrateful. Some of my best friends are Welsh. I’ve got nothing against the Welsh, I’ve even been there, but know your place.’ Old Tory colonial attitudes clearly survive even in this 21st century. Was hoping @WelshConserv would speak up for Wales.”

He added: “The Tories are clearly rattled and trying to divert attention from their disastrous government in Westminster. In the absence of any credible Welsh Conservative voice they are scraping the barrel in desperation for Tories prepared to have a go at Devolved governments. So Sad.”

The Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Cllr Andrew Morgan, told Fabricant: “You got the Tory whatsapp message too did you? Funny how English Tory MPs are now so concerned with what’s happening in Wales. Focus on your own problems mate and maybe the UK won’t then be called plague island!”


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Ed Jones
Ed Jones
7 months ago

My taxes probably pay for his wigs, so shall we say we’re quits?! Scared aren’t they? Keep it up chumps, keep it up!

Andrew
Andrew
7 months ago

Subsidised? We pay for your little vanity projects out of our taxes, projects like HS2 and the crumbling Westminster building. We see nothing in return apart from bottom feeder rhetoric aimed diverting scrutiny from the pond life that is Conservation English Nationalism. You could subsidise us for the next 200 years and it still would not come close to what’s being taken away.

Marc Davies
Marc Davies
7 months ago

Another one who looks like he’s been spanked for hours by Nanny.

defaid
defaid
7 months ago
Reply to  Marc Davies

He has the appearance of one who still enjoys it…

hdavies15
hdavies15
7 months ago
Reply to  defaid

too often for his mental stability !

Erisian
Erisian
7 months ago

Fabricant – is that some sort of soft-furnishing replicant. The Perm-inator perhaps?

hdavies15
hdavies15
7 months ago
Reply to  Erisian

it’s an ancient mutation of “fabricate” which blended with a 4 letter word describes a lying ba*t*rd !

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
7 months ago
Reply to  Erisian

There’s letter in his surnAme that should be replaced with a U.

Last edited 7 months ago by Y Cymro
Mr Williams
Mr Williams
7 months ago

Michael Fabricant. Another Tory who has made a fool of himself with a stupid comment. I’m not going to get angry, I’m just going to laugh at him!

Cath Hill
Cath Hill
7 months ago
Reply to  Mr Williams

I applaud the man…he says silly things and he has stupid hair, I can’t wait to see what he does next. Probably something mad like getting into an unlikely situation in a used car dealership or stepping on a rake.

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
7 months ago

How many Guinea Pigs had to die for that thing on his head?

Cath Hill
Cath Hill
7 months ago
Reply to  GW Atkinson

Only one…..but it was the one that used to belong to Michael Douglas.

Last edited 7 months ago by Cath Hill
George
George
7 months ago

Drakeford’s team really got it wrong with the Parkrun decision, didn’t they? The story should be how much of a gamble Tory backbencher’s forced Boris to take (based on the advice on 16/12/21) regardless of outcome, as well as what’s needed to keep up protection levels, but instead some are now able to make it about uber-restrictions in Wales.

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
7 months ago

Fabricant said: “I subsidise Wales and all this nonsense as all English people do. My mum was Welsh, I speak Welsh (badly) and I hate to see the way Cymru is being run.”
Well guess what rug head. Your mum being Welsh is irrelevant, you are not a politician in Wales and you hating the way our country is run is yet again irrelevant because people voted for this government and completely dumped your trash anti Welsh party. He and his people subsidise sh1t when it comes to Wales.

John Richardson
John Richardson
7 months ago

The quicker Wales breaks from the English “Baron” classes who see us as nothing more than an inferior and useless annex of England the better.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
7 months ago

The back benchers are – scared, no terrified. Terrified their electroral saviour is about to fall flat on his face come January. By the way – if you think you subsidise Wales – you know what to do – accept our right to become independent.

Richard
Richard
7 months ago

Dear old Michael – such a lovi and so nice a person really – he has a long record of adding comments occasionally on the land of his mother. Things must be slack in Lichfield I guess ……I feel ARTD needs to invite him over to Y Senedd for a fill in the time he appears to have spare currently..

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
7 months ago

Said the Gerry Anderson puppet who forgets Welsh coal built & powered England and Welsh water quenches its thirst.

Cath Hill
Cath Hill
7 months ago

If I were him I would really show us what for by demanding that Cymru be made to leave the “Union” of the “United Kingdom” until we learn to behave ourselves.
We need to stop being so ungrateful, after all, the Westminster government does lots of things for us,…….. all the things like…well, at least they allowed us to pay for some of the HS2 railway project so we didn’t feel left out whilst they vandalised a great big chunk of the countryside of England. ….and they made sure to, erm…they did errr…I’ve got nothing.

j humphrys
j humphrys
7 months ago
Reply to  Cath Hill

Please don’t throw us into the bramble patch of Independence, Mr Fudd! Pleease………

Philip Jones
Philip Jones
7 months ago

I love it when idiots like Fabricant can be provoked into spouting nonsense like this. Doing our job for us independence supporters.

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
7 months ago

Diolch i Alun Davies a Mick Antoniw for putting this entitled little dwt and the woman Madeline Grant in their place today after their verbal attacks on Welsh democracy. This propaganda barrage is only going to increase.

Keith Gogarth
Keith Gogarth
7 months ago

Even if were it so call it pay back for the water,copper, coal,, iron and slate that equipped and supported the growth of the British Empire and for which the people of Wales gained ….nothing

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
7 months ago

And another Tory expresses support for Welsh independence.

Rhosddu
Rhosddu
7 months ago

Edrychwch ar y gwallt arno fo. ‘Sgynno fo ddim “Boris bounce”…

Rob
Rob
7 months ago

Recently the Tories abolished the ‘English votes for English laws (EVEL)’ process in Westminster. At the time this was seen by some as a blow to the Tories and a ‘victory for the nationalists’, I disagree. English Tories are now going to be making the argument ‘If you are going to interfere on our laws, then we can interfere on yours.’ We need to remind them that they are the ones who abolished EVEL. Also the last time I checked my payslip I was paying tax, and I resent my taxes going to subsidise HS2 whilst the rail network here… Read more »

Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
7 months ago

Let’s put that on a big red bus and drive it around England…..

Argol Fawr
Argol Fawr
7 months ago

His concerns are easily calmed though…. Just cast us adrift of England.. Scary guy though. Reminds me of a Radio 1 DJ… Is that hair and pose real?

Alan Poore
Alan Poore
7 months ago

On the topic of Mr fabricant taxes paying for us here in Wales..thanks very much

Iolo ap Gwynn
Iolo ap Gwynn
7 months ago

These idiots really do not have a clue do they? Time for independence – and as soon as possible before they do even more damage.

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
7 months ago
Reply to  Iolo ap Gwynn

Just the odd thought to add to the conversation. I wonder how much tax Mr F actually pays given the extent that safe seat Tories tend to squirrel money away in tax havens. Secondly, as a Tory Neo-Liberal he shows how little he really understands about how Government financing works. He has the daft idea that all expenditure is funded by taxation. As a currency issuing state the UK Government funds its spending requirements by issuing money. Taxation is simply the process of taking money back out of the economy whilst chasing particular policy objectives and keeping a control of… Read more »

Quornby
Quornby
7 months ago

Fabricant….he even lies about his hair.

Richard
Richard
7 months ago
Reply to  Quornby

Michael once described himself as the most attractive blond in the Commons – where he is widely regarded even loved by some for his individual and often very unusual character comments…indeed very unusual ones.

In his many years sitting on the back benches and enjoying a life of select committee trips, showing constituency folk around and social interaction he is almost a fixture there……

Uffar Gwirion
Uffar Gwirion
7 months ago

I hope and trust he carries on saying stupid things as he usually does. His contribution to the argument for Welsh independence is priceless.

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