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Telegraph brands Wales ‘wokest country in Europe’

20 Mar 2023 3 minute read
Mark Drakeford left – Photo: Dominic Lipinski / PA Media. Kier Starter right – Photo: Stefan Rousseau / PA Media

A Telegraph columnist has launched a scathing attack on Wales branding it the ‘wokest country in Europe.’

The article, which blasted Welsh Labour policies, was written by former Labour MP for Glasgow south and Scottish Brexit campaigner, Tom Harris.

Entitled ‘Labour has made Wales the wokest country in Europe’, Harris claimed the current Welsh Government is a “warning of Britain’s potential future under Keir Starmer”.

In the anti-Welsh Labour rant, Harris cautions “Britain” saying “Wales is not just an example of what Labour can do at a British level: it is a warning.”

He adds: “If Keir Starmer will say or do nothing to condemn the extremism rearing its head in Welsh schools, local councils and government departments, we must assume that he wants the same thing for the rest of the country.”

In the article, Harris writes fondly of his favourite historical novel entitled “Here be Dragons” which retells the story of the Brothers of Gwyneth.

But Harris accuses modern Wales of still harbouring dragons in the form of Labour who has “governed uninterrupted since the advent of devolution.”

The former Labour MP, who admitted to voting Conservative in the 2018 election, criticised Welsh Government plans to make it easier to change gender and accused Mark Drakeford of having “no second thoughts” on the proposals following the UK Government’s veto of the Scottish gender reform bill.

“no-nonsense insight”

But the Welsh Government’s current LQBTQ+ Action Plan was published shortly after the UK Government blocked Scotland’s gender bill plans.

The Welsh Government has said the plan will aim to strengthen equality and human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people to create a fairer and more welcoming society in Wales.

Harris, who has been dubbed by the Telegraph as a deliverer of “no-nonsense insight”, also branded the Welsh Government’s new teaching curriculum as a “sinister trend” for its inclusion of information about different genders which he says is an “unscientific notion”.

The Telegraph columnist went on to bash Welsh Government plans to provide private landlords with anti-hate crime training so tenants can be supported if they experience racism.

The proposals were announced following reports of racially motivated hate crimes being on the increase in Wales.

According to Harris, the measures to protect tenants “prove Welsh Labour’s status at the cutting edge of woke” and shouldn’t be included in the list of priorities in Wales.

The Welsh Government’s audit of statues and place names of people directly involved in the slave trade also gave cause for further finger pointing from Harris.

He described the Welsh Government review of monuments as “chilling” and “Labour feeling entitled to destroy historical items to push the right historical narrative”.

Welsh Tory Leader, Andrew RT Davies seemed in agreement with Harris’s rant and shared the Telegraph article to social media in a post that read: “And we all have to live through it. Labour in Wales have persued Sturgeon’s gender self-ID policy and want to tear down statues through their ‘Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan’.

“A warning to the rest of the UK what Starmer’s priorities would be.”

A Facebook user responded to the the post saying: “So just to confirm, you don’t want us to be anti-racist?”


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GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
11 months ago

Good, I want us to be woke. They think its an insult when the reality is that its a compliment.I bet they can’t even explain what woke means in the first place.

Stephen Amos
Stephen Amos
11 months ago
Reply to  GW Atkinson

Your first two points basically describe Brexit. The 3rd illustrates how badly you need education instead of jumping on a bandwagon without research. The 4th point is basically the current Westminster government.

I often find myself criticising the Welsh Government, but all you doing is projecting criticism of the the tories onto the WG.

My advice, get off the bandwagons and do some proper research.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
11 months ago

I would take that as a compliment and move on…is Guto Harri down for a Knighthood?

Robin Lynn
Robin Lynn
11 months ago

The Telegraph would. On a possibly related matter, was “persued” in R2D2’s original or is it an error of transcription?

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
11 months ago

Should ARTD be approached to allow his small-holding to be used as a location to film the remake of the CIA’s Animal Farm directed by George Lucas?…he could have a small part in it…

Last edited 11 months ago by Mab Meirion
George Bodley
George Bodley
11 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Yeah Mochyn Tory

WilliamsG
WilliamsG
11 months ago

Thank you Telegraph for that accolade. I want to be part of a nation that treats everyone equally and doesn’t celebrate slavery

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
11 months ago

A rare compliment and recognition of our country from the Tyrrannograph which is obviously another attempt to oppress and insult. It recognises that our nationality is Welsh/ Cymreig so we should demand all documentation states the fact officially and enshrine our right to quote our nationality correctly. If they disagree, they should explain why they are denigrating a section of what they view as the Great British People.

Gareth
Gareth
11 months ago

It is noticeable that the pro Brexit campaigners never write articles on how successful Brexit has been, but regularly write offensive, to Cymru that is, articles on or about Cymru, its government language or people. We are an easy target for outlets such as this, as their readership lap it up, its what they want to hear.

George Bodley
George Bodley
11 months ago

More Torygraph BS the Tories now getting really desperate with their culture wars.

Riki
Riki
11 months ago

Let’s sacrifice the rights of 99 people to cater to the rights of 1. How Uplifting and Progressive is that?!

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
11 months ago

While I deplore the so-called ‘UK press’, and I deplore them lecturing us, as a teacher, I can tell you that there is some truth in some of this.

In my county, due to their interpretation of the new RSE, we are being expected to teach children that there is a ‘spectrum’ of gender that children can ‘choose’ from. I fear that, rather than helping LGBT youngsters, this new teaching is actually causing anxiety – and I do see this happening.

Last edited 11 months ago by Mr Williams
Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
11 months ago
Reply to  Mr Williams

To adults, excepting parents and teachers, children are just prey of one sort or another…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
11 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

It was more of a ‘rheostat’ thing in my day Mr Williams, ‘Gentlemen’ came some way toward the centre. I pity the poor kids nowadays…

Iago Prydderch
Iago Prydderch
11 months ago

One group of Unionists attack another group of Unionists and the Welsh ‘nationalists’ get upset. That’s because they are fake nationalists. It makes no difference if you support Labour or Conservatives you won’t get independence.

Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
11 months ago

The Torygraph is either slagging of Cymru or Scotland it is by far the worst of the far right rag newspapers that support a Nationalist party an English Party

Ernie The Smallholder
Ernie The Smallholder
11 months ago

My suggestion to the ‘Telegraph’ is if you do not like Cymru, you do not like us as a people nor how our people choose to run it – then why will you not want to remove Wales from the UK ? This way England can run its own country.

We in Cymru can also run our own country as an independent UN member.

Why on earth do your lot in the ‘Telegraph’ still support an extreme English party that wants to own, control and occupier our country just as Russia occupies Ukraine ????

Riki
Riki
11 months ago

Hahaha, second time a comment of mine on this article has been deleted. Wales is Woke, the Wokest of all European countries. This cannot be Denied! Something is nothing but Woke when you, by law, protect the rights of a minority by proceeding to destroy the rights of the majority

Gareth Westacott
Gareth Westacott
11 months ago

I’d say there’s more than a smidgin of truth in the article.

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