Mark Drakeford unrepentant about calling Boris Johnson ‘awful’ in S4C documentary
Mark Drakeford is unrepentant about calling Boris Johnson “awful” in an S4C fly on the wall documentary on handling the Covid-19 pandemic.
The First Minister says he hasn’t apologised to the Prime Minister of the UK since making the comments following a Cobra meeting in December 2020.
During an interview with House Magazine, he laughed about making the remarks, which were broadcast in the programme Prif Weinidog Mewn Pandemig (First Minister in a Pandemic).
He said: “The reason I said it is because he was awful in that meeting.”
He added: “He couldn’t remember people’s names. He seemed fairly loosely attached to the agenda.
“And you got to the end of the meeting and thought, this was not the opportunity it ought to have been.”
In the programme Mark Drakeford is seen dialling into a COBRA conference call to discuss the closing of the border between the UK and France on 21 December.
It was the first meeting between the First Minister and the Prime Minister in three months.
Boris Johnson is heard saying: “Thanks everybody for joining this call. I think we must urgently look at the implications of the travel ban that some of our European friends have imposed.
“We will hear from Mark Drakeford and… various others.”
Mark Drakeford is heard to scoff and then say “Dear me, he really, really is awful,” as the meeting comes to an end.
“Imagine that some deadly new variant of the virus had been discovered in France and they were trying to persuade us that there was no need to take any action to stop French lorry drivers from driving across the continent!” he says.
"Dear me, he really, really is awful"
Mae hi wedi dod i'r amlwg fod y Prif Weinidog Mark Drakeford wedi beirniadu Prif Weinidog y DU Boris Johnson yn dilyn cyfarfod COBRA cyn yn Nadolig.
Cafodd y sylwadau eu darlledu mewn rhaglen ddogfen ar S4C nos Sul. pic.twitter.com/n44ZgIdHON
— Newyddion S4C (@NewyddionS4C) March 8, 2021
An aide then asks him: “Do you need any minutes from that meeting?”
To which he replies with contempt: “No, I don’t think there’s anything at all. Other than wringing our hands in a sense of despair.”
Mark Drakeford is asked earlier in the programme about his relationship with Boris Johnson and says they have nothing in common apart from having studied Latin.
“The government in London, they see the world, and they see the UK, through the eyes of London,” he says.
“Sometimes that doesn’t work for us. If we have to do what they want us to do in London there’s no point to the Senedd here in Wales.