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Mark Drakeford’s ‘bottom of the barrel’ comments slammed as ‘insults’ and ‘not helpful’ by Wales Office minister

28 Oct 2021 4 minutes Read
David TC Davies, left. Mark Drakeford, right.

Wales’ First Minister’s comments describing Boris Johnson as “the bottom of the barrel” have been condemned by a Wales Office minister.

Monmouth MP David TC Davies said that he didn’t “want to respond to insults” and that “they’re not helpful” but that he was not responsible for how the First Minister “conducts himself”.

Mark Drakeford made a speech at the annual Aneurin Bevan Memorial Lecture, hosted by the Aneurin Bevan Society, on Monday evening in Westminster.

“We might have thought that the bottom of the barrel had been scraped, but we had not reckoned with Boris Johnson,” he said.

He had previously described Boris Johnson as “awful” in a fly on the wall S4C documentary recorded over Christmas of last year.

David TC Davies responded to the comments when prompted by now-independent Delyn MP Rob Roberts at the Welsh Affairs Committee.

“What I think the Secretary of State and myself have always sought to do is build a good relationship with the First Minister and his ministers,” David TC Davies said.

“He has a different political view, but we rise about that and we want to work with the Welsh Labour Government.

“We wouldn’t want to respond to insults, they’re not helpful, and if that’s how the First Minister wants to conduct himself, that’s up to him. That’s not how we conduct ourselves here – we want a good, mature, professional relationship with the Welsh Labour Government.”

‘Anglo-centric form of the Union’

Mark Drakeford has strongly criticised the UK Government during his speech, focusing on the way they had treated the autonomous nations after the General Election.

He said people may have expected “some humility” from Mr Johnson in that context of the result.

“A sense that the best thing to do would be to work closely with others in parts of the United Kingdom where its own mandate was much weaker,” he said.

“A sense even of needing to tread a little carefully. To ensure that a voluntary association of four nations could be preserved through consent. Through delivery of the tangible benefits of being part of a larger political, economic and social union.

“You might have thought so but the reality turned out to be quite the opposite. The dominant strain – not the only strain, but the dominant one – in the first majority Conservative Government since devolution has been, for nearly two years, determined and aggressive unilateralism.

“Their theory is plain to see devolution has undermined the United Kingdom, it has placed too much power and too much prominence in the hands of opponents with which they do not agree; successive UK Governments have been too placatory in the face of the ungrateful and ever-demanding subsidy junkies of the Celtic fringe – and it is time to demonstrate who is boss. It’s what I describe as the ‘show them’ playbook.”

He then went on to discuss how to save the union.

“First we must recognise that the Union means different things to different people. It’s why ‘muscular unionism’ – imposing a specific Anglo-centric form of the Union on British people – fails spectacularly as a unifying strategy,” he said.

“Rather than uniting people, it alienates those who hitherto have felt British, but not ‘this kind’ of British. The proposals of the Cabinet Office’s ‘Union Directorate’ to strengthen British patriotism – which often appear to revolve primarily around better branding and ‘flag mania’ – often risk overlooking the regional variations of the British identity.

“They seem to think that each nation’s desire for greater decision-making and greater control over their daily lives can be addressed through facile, top-down proposals for new branding or by shouting even louder about the crumbs that are benevolently handed out.

“It seems to believe that the increase in both the size and number of Union flags plastered on vaccine vials or face masks or used as official wallpaper, will convince people of the value of the Union. In short, it won’t.”

 

 

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Mick Tems
Mick Tems
30 days ago

Bonking Bozo IS the bottom of the barrel. Typical Tory disinformation, especially coming from someone who voted to pour filthy sewage in our Welsh rivers.

Carol Loughlin
Carol Loughlin
29 days ago
Reply to  Mick Tems

And then called it hate speech and abuse when someone politely disagreed with him!

Gareth
Gareth
30 days ago

I find it hard to take ,when DTC Davies can remark on a comment about Boris that he is “the bottom of the barrel” when he can remain silent when Boris make a statement like “let the bodies pile high” . It would seem that Davies is only upset by comments made against his leader/master, and not even embarrassed by hurtful spiteful remarks from the mouth of his master in London. If he felt anything about the bodies remark, why did he not comment.

Quornby
Quornby
30 days ago

. Not the dregs….. The floating scum.

Ed Jones
Ed Jones
30 days ago

I’ve corrected your prose – “David TC Davies responded to the comments when prompted by sex pest Rob Roberts…“

Erisian
Erisian
30 days ago

If a lazy, incompetent, self-agrandizing popularist liar isn’t the bottom of the barrel, then do tell us, what is?

Andrew
Andrew
30 days ago

Calling him bottom of the barrel is disrespectful to bottom feeders and all other pond life generally .

hdavies15
hdavies15
30 days ago

David Davies working on his a*se licking technique striding out to defend his leader’s good name and reputation. Sickening.

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
30 days ago

David TC should remember that Boris won’t be around for ever and certainly won’t be remembered as one of the great Prime Ministers. Loyalty is always commendable but sometimes you shouldn’t defend the indefensible! People (and the media) have long memories.

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
30 days ago
Reply to  Huw Davies

Not to mention his treating Rob Roberts as a serious politician! An old proverb says ‘Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are’.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
29 days ago
Reply to  Huw Davies

I agree. Boris Johnson can’t hide behind Covid forever. He will be caught out soon when Brexit hits the fan. And when he does, will go down as the worse PM in political history.

Owain Morgan
Owain Morgan
30 days ago

I guess David T. C. Davis doesn’t like the truth. Why am I not surprised 🙄😒

Llywelyn ein Llyw Nesaf
Llywelyn ein Llyw Nesaf
30 days ago

I wish they’d make their minds up. They object to being called ‘scum’ (the turds etc that float to the top of the barrel) and now they object to being described as from the bottom of the barrel.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
29 days ago

Surely our far-right Tories are not snowflakes that melt under the slightest of pressure. The irony.

arthur owen
30 days ago

What was wrong with the comment I made earlier.Not one eyed enough was it?

arthur owen
29 days ago
Reply to  arthur owen

Would it not be more sensible to print the previous comment I made and ignore this rejoinder?

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
29 days ago

I see nothing wrong with Mark Drakeford’s comment refering to Boris Johnson as “Bottom of the Barrel”. And I’m not surprised at that crooked liar Welsh Office Minister David TC Davies who protects a misogynist, racist and homophobe like a little underling. I think Drakeford’s remarks were tame in comparison to what this Conservative clown has said in print.

Last edited 29 days ago by Y Cymro
Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
29 days ago

Does David TC Davies have anything to say about all the racist and misogynistic insults that he’s used over the years? Of course not, it’s OK for tories to insult others but you mustn’t tell the truth about them.

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