Interviewer goes viral after stumping anti-Senedd leader with two simple questions
A BBC interviewer has gone viral after stumping the leader of the Abolish the Assembly party with two simple questions.
On the programme Politics Wales, James Williams asked Richard Suchorzewski: “Is Wales a country?”
A visibly flummoxed Abolish the Assembly leader eventually answers: “I don’t understand the premise behind that question…. quite frankly. I view it…”
“Do you think Wales is a country?” James Williams asked again.
“Well… I view it as a nation, I view it as a country. I view it as an entity, within, though, the United Kingdom.”
“Which other country in the world doesn’t have its own parliament?” James Williams asks.
Again after a long pause, Richard Suchorzewski answers: “We are a country of 3 million people. Now quite frankly if we look… you have counties in England…”
“Can you name any other country that doesn’t have its own parliament?”
“I don’t understand the point you’re making, with respect,” he answered.
“Well, every other country in the world has its own parliament. But you think that Wales, being its own country, doesn’t deserve its own parliament.”
“Have the people of Wales voted for a parliament? The people of Wales, actually, the referendum, voted for an assembly – they haven’t voted for a parliament.”
Wales held a referendum on full law-making powers in 2011 and voted for by 63.49% to 36.51%.
After the interview was broadcast, a clip of the awkward answers was shared hundreds of times on social media sites.
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Asked what other policies the party had, Richard Suchorzewski said that they would support any policies that did not expand devolution.
“If we get enough seats, and I appreciate that rolling back devolution is a process rather than an event, quite frankly. But if we get enough seats, we can make a difference,” he said.
“We can stop further devolution which we believe has been destructive for the people of Wales.”