‘One of the most awful UK governments we have ever seen’: Drakeford blasts Tories
Mark Drakeford has branded the UK Government as one of the “most awful” that “we have ever seen” during his speech to the Labour Party conference in Brighton.
The First Minister said it was incompetent to “its core” and accused it of having “visceral reactionary instincts at home or abroad”.
He told the conference that the “future is different in Wales” because of the “ambitious” policies his government had put in place.
These included free prescriptions, free childcare, abolishing the right to buy council houses, and putting the railways back under public ownership.
He argued that a Labour government in Westminster would treat devolution as the “UK’s greatest strength, not its greatest mistake.”
Mark Drakeford said: “The future is different in Wales because of the ambitious policies Welsh Labour in government has put in place. Free prescriptions and free breakfasts in our primary schools. Free childcare for working parents.
“We didn’t have to reintroduce bursaries for nurses because they were never scrapped in Wales. Fracking doesn’t have to be prevented in Wales because it’s never been allowed.
“We’re building council houses again in Wales and we’ve abolished the right to buy. Our children are protected from physical punishment. And our railways are back under public control.
He added: “Everything Labour has achieved in Wales, across England and in Scotland, has been achieved in the teeth of one of the most awful UK governments we have ever seen.
“Incompetent to its core and automatically hostile to anyone who does not share its visceral reactionary instincts at home or abroad. Just imagine what we could do if we had a UK Labour government committed to renewing and rebuilding the United Kingdom so it genuinely worked for everyone.
“A new relationship built around mutual respect. Proper participation. One that recognises that devolution is the UK’s greatest strength, not its greatest mistake.
“And where the radical re-direction of power to local places is the way we keep the United Kingdom together – together by consent. A new union that only Labour can offer and a country built again on Labour values to which people in all parts of the UK would choose to belong.
“As we look to the next general election and the road to power in Westminster – it is to that experience, those ideas and that practical innovation of Labour in power across the UK – with its rich legacy of progressive socialism – on which we can draw.
“Turning thought into practical action across our country. In the straightforward, day-in, day-out demonstration that trusting Labour with the power to govern, really does work – works for you; works for the place where you live and works for the whole of the United Kingdom.”