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Plaid Cymru slam Johnson’s ‘blather about levelling up’ amid disruption and hardship

06 Oct 2021 2 minutes Read
Boris Johnson giving a speech to the Conservative Party Conference

Plaid Cymru have slammed Boris Johnson’s “blather about ‘levelling up”, amid what it says is economic failure, business disruption and social hardship.

The party’s leader in Westminster, Liz Saville Roberts MP, was responding to the speech the Tory Prime Minister gave at the Conservative Party Conference.

She attacked Johnson for slashing benefits to their “lowest level since 1990” and for hiking taxes on ordinary people to “its highest level since 1948”.

The Plaid MP took aim at the PM for “distance himself” from previous “disastrous” Tory  governments he “wholeheartedly supported” for “over a decade”, and she argued that “Westminster clearly is not working for Wales”.

Boris Johnson told the conference that reducing regional inequality was the “greatest project that any government can embark on”.

He claimed reducing “aching gaps” in opportunity between regions would “take the pressure off” south-eastern England as well as boosting places that felt left behind.

‘Ignore’ 

Liz Saville Roberts said: “Ignore the blather about ‘levelling up’, the reality is that under Boris Johnson today, £286m is being cut from Welsh local economies and 275,000 families plunged into poverty.

“Boris Johnson spent half of his conference speech attacking his Tory predecessors for creating one of the most imbalanced societies in the world.

“But no matter how much he tries to distance himself from those disastrous governments – he wholeheartedly supported those Conservative governments for over a decade.

“His own government’s record is one of economic failure, business disruption and social hardship. The basic rate of benefits at their lowest level since 1990, the tax burden for ordinary people is at its highest level since 1948 and there has been no growth in UK business investment since 2016. Westminster clearly is not working for Wales.”

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Mark
Mark
17 days ago

I actually listened to johnsons speech, little of it made sense, most of it was down right lies and bs to sum it up in one word I would say it was delusional. If the tories remain in power for much longer we will see suffering and poverty most of us have never had to experience.

Robert Williams
Robert Williams
16 days ago
Reply to  Mark

Congratulations to Mark for his fortitude in listening to a Johnson ‘speech’. I can’t manage three minutes without being overcome by depression and nausea. The point about suffering and poverty is well made, the cruel cut in Universal Credit being a prime example.

j humphrys
j humphrys
17 days ago

In Westminster the Tories are dire and Labour useless. Only SNP and Plaid contribute anything meaningful. And do we care, anyway? We should concentrate on Cymru now, with cooperation between us, Ireland and Scotland, ( not forgetting Kernow)?

Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
13 days ago
Reply to  j humphrys

It is true that with their small percentage of MPs they punch well above their weigh, what’s the story Sir Red Tory?

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
17 days ago

It’s all rubbish whatever he says – and that is being polite.

Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
13 days ago
Reply to  Steve Duggan

No point the tories are only polite to their rich paymasters

Andrew
Andrew
17 days ago

We have a puppet from Spitting Image running the country.

Mick Tems
Mick Tems
17 days ago

“No amount at cajolery and no attempts at ethical or social seduction can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory party that inflicted those bitter experiences on me. So far as I am concerned, they are lower than vermin” – Nye Bevan, father of the NHS

Grayham Jones
17 days ago

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