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Mark Drakeford branded ‘Welsh Warlock of Woe’ by newspaper over reluctance to scrap Covid measures

23 Feb 2022 2 minutes Read
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Wales’ First Minister has been branded “the Welsh Warlock of Woe” over his criticism of the UK Government’s decision to ease Covid measures in England.

Mark Drakeford described plans by Boris Johnson to end free Covid testing in England at the start of April as “premature and reckless”. England is also going ahead with getting rid of self-isolation rules tomorrow.

But Telegraph columnist Allison Pearson said that if it had been up to “the Welsh Warlock of Woe Mark Drakeford” and others, “we’d be in our fourth lockdown now and preparing a Covid vaccine rollout to domestic pets”.

She also criticised Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon for, she said, “shamelessly leveraging the pandemic for nationalist advantage”.

Calling on readers to ‘Rejoice!’ over the end of restrictions in England, she added that “whatever the precautionary-principle pessimists may say, and we will be hearing their long roar of defeat in the coming days”.

“What people need to get into their heads is that it simply doesn’t matter how much omicron spreads now because everyone is going to get it.

“Think of the protective bubble they threw around the Queen. It didn’t prevent her eventually catching the virus.”

The comments come after Wales’ Health Minister, Eluned Morgan, said the ending of restrictions was the subject of a “very heated” meeting between Wales, Scotland and the UK Government.

Tests being used in Wales are part of its UK allocation of rapid test kits, and if Wales were to continue free testing it would have to scale back spending on other commitments.

Eluned Morgan added that they would not look at ending more Covid restrictions in Wales until the next review on 4 March. They have already committed to looking at phasing out face masks by the end of March.

It was announced yesterday that all of Scotland’s legal Covid-19 restrictions, including the wearing of face coverings, will end on 21 March.


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Ed Jones
Ed Jones
3 months ago

I guess if I too had been declared bankrupt in November 2015, I’d be inclined to write the abject nonsense that Allison Pearson does, but what does that do to one’s soul? She rarely comes across as anything approaching happy, still, one has to pay the bills eh?!

hdavies15
hdavies15
3 months ago
Reply to  Ed Jones

So she’s a debt dodger eh ! Using that kind of abusive description seems to be the daily requirement of the gutter press ? Perhaps calling her financially incontinent would be equally acceptable to the same publication.

Gwyn Jones
Gwyn Jones
3 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Intrigued by these two posts I wikied her name. The first attempt got me Allison Pearson (accused witch) but the second attempt got me a lot of information about her sorry tory life.
Gwyn

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
3 months ago
Reply to  Ed Jones

Be fair, if you had grown up as Judith Lobbett in Burry Port it would have done your head in too.

Arwyn
Arwyn
3 months ago

I’ve got to hand it to the Tory right wing. They’re consistent in inventing bilge and confecting false narratives. It is their way. Stir up the echo chambers and the trolls. Grim. As Adam Price put it … “I can’t wait until Wales is independent so we don’t have to put up with this c**p anymore.”

Cynan
Cynan
3 months ago

Ah the hatred from the Torygraph comedy rag. MD is clearly doing something right

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
3 months ago

What protective bubble! Super Spreader Carlos gave it to his mum and wife…

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
3 months ago

I have gone passed caring what these ignorants think. Everything they say is BS and these people are completely irrelevant to Wales. What they cry about doesn’t change a thing. Its just gas.

Antony Jones
Antony Jones
3 months ago

Welsh Warlock of Woe makes him sound f**king cool tbh.

He can rain eldritch power onto all that cross him 😀

Dewi Williamswhat
Dewi Williamswhat
3 months ago

The frequency of this publication’s attacks on the 1st Minister, the Welsh government and devolution is becoming silly and making it so obvious as to its malicious objective. An editorial war cabinet must have been set up to advance its campaigning which is clearly being let down by a team of tactless amateurs

Quornby
Quornby
3 months ago

200+ deaths reported yesterday. How many of those read the bilge in the Tory press I wonder?

Last edited 3 months ago by Quornby
Brian Coman
Brian Coman
3 months ago
Reply to  Quornby

How many of those were anti vaccers a majority I bet their choice.

Eifion
Eifion
3 months ago

The man who said “nation of sanctuary” that’s unable to watch his own son.

Marc
Marc
3 months ago

Alison Pearson? Oh dear the Tory hate campaign has now truly reach the bottom of the barrel!

Quornby
Quornby
3 months ago

200+ deaths yesterday are less important to this shameless UK government than appeasing the ME, ME, ME of “business”.

Cofid
Cofid
3 months ago

While the Torygraph comments have been received with due scorn, I knew someone in England who was charged with a “hate crime” when calling a colleague a “Welsh witch”. Surely these comments are actionable. By the way, does anyone in Cymru actually buy the Telegraph?

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
3 months ago

Why are these clowns in the telegraph so worried about what Wales does these days? Is it because they’ve seen Welsh policies have been more successful and respected and that that may lead to independence quicker? I suspect so.

Last edited 3 months ago by Steve Duggan
Paul Fenton
Paul Fenton
3 months ago
Reply to  Steve Duggan

The truth hurts doesn’t it. Wales great experts TAG on 15/12/21 advised Drakeford & Co to commence Level 4 (lockdown) restrictions to commence on 27/12/21 for 2 weeks. On 22/12/21 Drakeford made no mention of this advice in the Coronavirus update other than to say all data is published and open to public scrutiny. The only problem was the public didn’t see this advice until about a month later after Drakeford watered down the restrictions and brought them forward to 6am on Boxing morning causing huge disappointment to numerous families wanting to attend outside sporting occasions. In the meantime we… Read more »

Nobby Tart
Nobby Tart
3 months ago
Reply to  Paul Fenton

What’s wrong with a Tourism Tax?

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
3 months ago
Reply to  Paul Fenton

Lost the plot or just a government that is trying to find new ways to govern in order to raise the living standards of its citizens. Nothing changes in Westminster because the Tories like the status quo – especially as they are making money from it.

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