Reckless asked if Wales is ‘inherently ill-equipped to self-govern’ and refuses to answer
Mark Reckless has refused to answer when asked if people in Wales are “inherently ill-equipped to self-govern”.
The candidate for the Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party was asked the question three times by Andy Davies on Channel 4 News, and ducked the question on each occasion.
He also complained about the Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford being in control of Covid-19 regulations in Wales, rather than Boris Johnson, who recently denied that he’d said that he would rather let “the bodies pile high” than impose a third lockdown on England.
When asked if people in Wales were inherently ill-equipped to self-govern the first time, Mark Reckless said: “I’m British. We’re British, we want a British parliament, not a separatist parliament that’s breaking up the United Kingdom.”
When pressed again to answer the question he replied: “My answer to your question is that we’re British and we have a United Kingdom independent parliament, and we don’t want to break up our country by having more and more powers always being devolved.
“We want to go back to one UK government.”
When asked the question again, he said: “I think people in Wales are well-represented by having members of parliament in Westminster.”
He was then asked for a simple yes or not, to which he replied: “I think in Wales we’ll be better off if we are one country, a United Kingdom.
“We have huge amounts of money, comes to support us in Wales £14bn a year and without that we would be a much poorer country. I believe in Britain and the United Kingdom.
Andy Davies said: “It’s interesting you can’t give a yes or no to that”.
Reckless said: “I think we can govern ourselves better as a United Kingdom rather than alone.”
He added: “When we voted for a degree of self-government including over health, we didn’t understand that that meant Mark Drakeford rather than the Prime Minister at Westminster would decide when you could leave your house, when you could work.
“The degree of powers that have been used by the Welsh Government purportedly because health is devolved, have been far greater than people previously understood”.