Labour MS defends ‘one solitary mention of Wales’ in Starmer’s 11,500 word essay
A Welsh Labour MS has defended the decision of Keir Starmer to include “one solitary mention of Wales” in a 11,500 word essay.
Alun Davies, who represents Blaenau Gwent said you “don’t have to put the word ‘Wales’ into every sentence” in response to criticism of the Labour Westminster leader from Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts.
The Plaid MP said it was evidence that Starmer’s party’s “two decades in Welsh government barely registers on his radar”.
In his essay The Road Ahead, published by the Fabian Society think tank, Starmer attacked what he called the “multi-headed hydra of nationalism” that he said is “pushing apart our country and tearing at the social fabric”.
He also said: “We are proudly patriotic but we reject the divisiveness of nationalism.”
In the essay, the Labour leader set out what he stands for and how he wants to change the UK, ahead of his party’s conference
Though Wales is the only country in which Labour is in government, the country is mentioned once in the essay, as he discussed the challenges faced by the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Inspired by the ambition of Wales and New Zealand, and the experiences of the pandemic that kept our minds and bodies healthy, Labour would put wellbeing at the heart of government decision-making,” Keir Starmer says.
‘Don’t bother searching for Wales’
In response to the essay Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts said: “Keir Starmer’s 14,000 word essay? Don’t bother searching for ‘Wales’ – we only receive one solitary mention.
“Yet again, the Westminster Labour leader shows that his party’s two decades in Welsh government barely registers on his radar”.
Alun Davies said: You don’t have to put the word ‘Wales’ into every sentence! Surely we can engage in some political dialogue about values and priorities without this constant sense of being the victim? #VictimhoodCymru”.