Tories accuse First Minister of failing to deliver on his legislative agenda
The leader of the Welsh Conservatives has accused First Minister Mark Drakeford of failing to deliver on his legislative agenda.
During First Minister’s Questions in the Senedd yesterday, the Tories attacked Mr Drakeford for the government’s failure to introduce a Clean Air Act, first mooted in 2018 and delays to the Agriculture Bill, which was expected late last year but has now been pushed back to the end of this year.
Opposition leader Andrew RT Davies MS also asked why, with a year and a half remaining before his retirement from frontline politics, ‘long promised new laws are being left in a state of drift’.
“The clock is ticking on Drakeford’s time in office but he and his Labour Government are clearly not delivering on promises they made to the people of Wales,” Mr Davies said.
“It is not good enough for the First Minister to make promises he makes no efforts to keep, all the while people are dying unnecessarily because of air pollution and the agricultural sector is left in an impossibly precarious position because of Labour incompetence.
“Mark Drakeford said he’d be gone from office after five years. With about a year and a half to go, his legacy is a disastrous handling of the Covid pandemic, blocking an inquiry into it, failing to improve education and the economy, and no major legislative achievements.
“If he wants to be remembered for something other than this, then he better get a move on and deliver for Wales on what he has for far too long neglected.”
Mr Drakeford was elected as First Minister in December 2018 and just last month reiterated his intention not to serve another term.
Speaking at the Labour Party conference in Llandudno the First Minister said he would announce his plans stepping down in the second half of his term, at some point next year.
Support our Nation today
For the price of a cup of coffee a month you can help us create an independent, not-for-profit, national news service for the people of Wales, by the people of Wales.
Mae RT yn mynd yn dwpach wrth y dydd!
“Tories accuse….” Must be a Wednesday
….sorry, I couldn’t resist.
Also apt is an invention by Thomas Crapper that sums up the Conservative party ethos.. The lavaTory. 🚽 🇬🇧#VoteConservative #FlushYourDignityAway
Can you hear that horrible, loud, honking and laboured gasping for breath echoing around the mountains, ringing through the valleys and spooking the sheep on the moors of Cymru? That, I am afraid, is the sound of my laughter any time the Welsh Conservatives say anything at all.
More breathtaking hypocrisy from Andrew RT Davies. This is a man, or mouse, who was a signatory to his Conservative party Wales manifesto that promised in writing rail electrification between Cardiff & Swansea. And after the Tories were reelected at Westminster by dumping the Welsh electorate with falsehoods reneged on their promise with a plethora of pre- scripted excuses why it was scrapped. 🤡 🇬🇧 #AndrewRTDavies
The entire 2019 Conservative manifesto was a lie. From “not a penny less” to “50,000 nurses and 20,000 police”, from “40 new hospitals” to the iniquitous “We will not raise the rate of income tax, VAT or National Insurance” it was all a lie and it was all sold under Johnson’s name as “My Guarantee”.
I feel sorry for the people who think this is what a political leader is,
The tories have a proven liar in Westminster and a complete fool in Cardiff, do they allow tories in Scotland?
RT and the tories concern over the environment is as convincing as a fox complaining about a chicken coop left open at night. I’m not seeking to defend the FM.
The tories have no credibility as a party any longer (if they ever had arguably). Everything they say and do should be treated with suspicion. The English crowd and the, well, there are no Welsh tories by definition because they don’t represent Wales.
‘Not delivering on his promises to Wales’… Must be following the example set by Boris, then.