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King’s respect for devolved nations ‘a lesson for Liz Truss’ says Scottish broadcaster

15 Sep 2022 3 minute read
King Charles III in a kilt leaves the Scottish Parliament. Picture by Andrew Milligan / PA Wire.

King Charles’ respect for the devolved nations in the aftermath of the Queen’s death has been a “lesson” for Prime Minister Liz Truss and other UK Government politicians, a senior Scottish broadcaster has said.

Times radio presenter Ayesha Hazarika said that Charles III’s rush to visit Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales as part of Operation Spring Tide showed that he had more nous than the Conservative Party when it came to shoring up the UK.

Writing in the Evening Standard, Ayesha Hazarika said that while the “last few days have focused on history” the “optics we’ve seen are reminders of our connection but the union still feels fragile”.

“While the late Queen and our new King had to and will remain neutral, their actions speak volumes,” she said.

“They worked hard to show high regard for the devolved nations because they know this country is more than London and Windsor.

“In Westminster [the King] quoted Shakespeare. In Edinburgh, it was Burns. Yesterday the King made his 40th visit to Northern Ireland and on Friday he will address the Senedd in Cardiff.

“Compare that genuine curiosity to the behaviour of our senior politicians. Liz Truss gleefully declared she would ignore Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford during the Tory leadership hustings — ironically both elected First Ministers of their nations, unlike our new Prime Minister.

“Successive ministers appear to have not a clue about Northern Ireland’s complicated history.

“If our political leaders in London want to save our union they would be wise not to squander the goodwill forged from the King’s first tour.”

Wales visit

Charles’ first visit to to Cardiff as King will see him and Queen Consort Camilla first visit Llandaff Cathedral for a Service of Prayer and Reflection before arriving at the Senedd.

Finally, they will attend a reception at the Cardiff Castle where the King will also hold a private audience with the First Minister, Mark Drakeford MS, and the Llywydd of the Senedd, Rt Hon. Elin Jones MS.

At Cardiff Castle, 2,000 members of the public – on a first come, first served basis – will also be welcomed into the grounds.

The Senedd said that the public are also invited to line the route to welcome the Royal Party as it approaches and departs the castle.

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1 year ago

Too soon to jump to any conclusions. Quick off the mark with the announcement of the next Prince of Wales which may have left him without enough energy to utter an equally shocking statement about the future of Scotland. No doubt there is more in the pipeline.

George Atkinson
George Atkinson
1 year ago

So respectful he pushes his inbred son in as ponce of Wales without asking one person in Wales. This is a pure lie and his family still steal from our lands through the crown estate. Would you call that respecting Wales? Because I wouldn’t.

Vivian O’Blivion
Vivian O’Blivion
1 year ago

As a Scottish political anorak, I was taken aback at the description of “senior Scottish broadcaster” Ayesha Hazarika. Having refreshed, I do have some vague recollection. Privately educated humanities graduate that decided to hitch her wagon to Scottish Labour. Wrong gravy train hen. NuSNP is the only game in town for middle class, never had a proper job in their lives, humanities graduates these days. Ayesha’s analysis isn’t entirely wrong, but saying Charles’ sensitivity to the nationalist question is more subtle than Truss’ is akin to rating your GP’s performance against Harold Shipman. Of greater interest is why Charles is playing… Read more »

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
1 year ago

We open arms to these people and yet they are part of the establishment that has looked down on Wales for centuries. When are we going to learn to stand on our own two feet? Groveling just makes us look bad. if we are to have a prosperous Wales in the future – we need to kick the Royal family and Union into touch.

1 year ago

As a republican even I have to admit there’s a lot of truth in this. There again the Royal family are driven by a overarching desire to keep the Union, while the Tory party are driven by an overarching desire to placate their right-wing, British/English nationalist support base.

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