No mention of Wales at ITV’s Corbyn v Johnson debate

Boris Johnson. Picture by Cancillería Argentina (CC BY 2.0) and Jeremy Corbyn picture by RevolutionBahrainMC (CC BY 3.0).

Wales was not mentioned once during ITV’s Jeremy Corbyn v Boris Johnson leader’s debate.

Brexit, the NHS and Prince Andrew were among the topics discussed as the leaders of the Conservative and Labour parties faced off, but Wales did not garner a single mention.

Scotland was discussed however and the SNP’s Humza Yousaf said it was a “democratic outrage” that his party wasn’t involved in the debate to answer Boris Johnson’s claims that they and Labour would form a post-election deal.

A YouGov poll after the debate projected that 49% of the audience thought Jeremy Corbyn had won, with 51% favouring Boris Johnson.

 

‘Proof’

Plaid Cymru said that it was “shameful” that neither had mentioned Wales once.

“Shamefully, although not surprisingly Wales failed to get a single mention in this deeply depressing debate, between the two establishment party leaders,” Plaid Cymru’s Liz Saville Roberts said.

“Their Westminster-centric, out-of-touch soundbites contrasted with the vision, passion and optimism of Adam Price, who himself was interviewed live on BBC an hour before.

“If the people of Wales needed any more proof that they need to elect MPs from the only party that put’s Wales’s interest first, tonight was it. It is only by electing Plaid Cymru MPs will Westminster wake up to the fact that our nation exists.”

Speaking for the Liberal Democrats, Tom Brake said it was “outrageous” that the Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson wasn’t there.

He said his party was “in the business of stopping Brexit” and he regretted that the 16 million people who voted to remain in 2016 were “not represented” in the debate.

 

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Sian Boswell
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Sian Boswell

In fairness, we were all watching the football at the time, and they must have known nobody in Wales were watching.

Jonathan Gammond
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Jonathan Gammond

Quite agree ,and after tonight’s great performance in Cardiff (not the ITV studios), it might be the only way we will be in Europe in 2020!!

Elle Little Gardiner
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Elle Little Gardiner

Why would I watch two nationalist Englishmen lie through their teeth instead of watch Wales win against Hungary???

Dave Brooker
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Dave Brooker

Does the NHS and Brexit not also cover Wales?

More clickbait…

Rhosddu
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Rhosddu

NHS – no (we’ve got our own); Brexit – yes. But there’s a lot more to Welsh politics than the NHS and Brexit, as indeed there is in Scotland (whose issues were discussed, albeit briefly).

What amazes me is that they both know they run the risk of losing Scotland, but neither of them has said anything whatsoever to try and convince the Scots not to leave their precious union.

Keith Parry
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Keith Parry

Who are they? Never heard of them. No one will watch them with Ramsey and company on the march!

Bryn
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Bryn

Well, i wouldn’t say no mention at all, when asked if they think the breakup of the uk is worth it, they did mention all 4 countries and how’d they’d like em to stay together

Mawkernewek
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The SNP and Nicola Sturgeon were included in the interviews program after the debate: ITV News Youtube channel but Plaid Cymru were not.