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Tories call on Adam Price to apologise for branding Westminster ‘the common enemy’

01 Dec 2021 3 minutes Read
Adam Price picture by Plaid Cymru. Cows picture by Osian Hedd Harries.

The Welsh Tories have called on Adam Price to apologise for branding Westminster “the common enemy”.

They have accused the Plaid Cymru Leader of dragging politics into the “gutter” in response to his criticism of the UK Government during a debate in the Senedd.

They have also claimed that Price was wrong to suggest that the Conservative Party has “betrayed” Welsh famers.

Price told the Senedd that the Tory manifesto at the 2019 general election “would guarantee the annual budget of farmers in every year of the next Parliament”.

But he said the “opposite” had happened, adding that “Welsh agriculture allocation is going to be £248 million worse off”.

Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Equalities and Deputy Chief Whip, Altaf Hussain MS, said: “At a time when the country is trying to pull together to recover from Covid, the last thing we need is the leader of Plaid Cymru describing people as the ‘common enemy’ and yelling insults.

“We need to make politics better, not drag it into the gutter, and this language especially in light of the tragic murder of Sir David Amess has absolutely no place in our Senedd.

“Adam Price should remember that more people voted Welsh Conservative in May and in the 2019 general election than for his party by a significant margin.

“Whilst he might have given up on scrutinising the Labour Government at First Minister’s Questions, let’s hope he finds time to reconsider these remarks and apologise.”

‘Multinational corporations’ 

Adam Price told the Senedd: “We’ve even recently heard some Conservatives in this Senedd raising their voices against multinational corporations buying up Welsh agricultural land.

“It’s great to see the Tories as late converts against the unbridled operation of the free market, and I think Welsh agriculture, beset by all these pressures at the moment, needs a bit of a united front. But the wider attempt to present the Tory party as defending Welsh farming sticks in the throat of many farmers.

“When they were promised in the 2019 manifesto that the Conservatives would guarantee the annual budget of farmers in every year of the next Parliament, what have we had but the opposite: the promise of a cut every year in this comprehensive spending review?

“So much so that, actually, as the FUW point out, by 2025, it’s going to be—[Interruption.]—Welsh agriculture allocation is going to be £248 million worse off. I’m all in favour of finding common ground, but let’s be clear who the common enemy is: a Westminster Government that has betrayed farmers and farming in Wales time and time again.”


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Dave
Dave
5 months ago

So the Welsh Conservative’s want Adam Price to say sorry for telling the truth? I suppose they are so used to #ToryLies that they have forgotten what honesty and integrity actually means #BoJotheclown

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
5 months ago

The tories are using the pandemic to distract from their corruption and lies. Never apologise for telling the truth.

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
5 months ago

His job isn’t to kiss tory a**e. He is supposed to pull them up on their lies and broken promises.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
5 months ago

Front page of their 2019 manifesto was a personal guarantee by Johnson. We will get Brexit done in January and unleash the potential of our whole country.I guarantee:Extra funding for the NHS, with 50,000 more nurses and 50 million more GP surgery appointments a year.20,000 more police and tougher sentencing for criminals.An Australian-style points-based system to control immigration.Millions more invested every week in science, schools, apprenticeships and infrastructure while controlling debt.Reaching Net Zero by 2050 with investment in clean energy solutions and green infrastructure to reduce carbon emissions and pollution.We will not raise the rate of income tax, VAT or… Read more »

Gareth
Gareth
5 months ago

The implementation of the internal market bill, was against the will of all 3 devolved nations Gov’s, and the trade deals with Australia and New Zealand have drawn a united opposition from the devolved Gov’s, so the statement is correct, Westminster is the common enemy of the devolved nations.

Andrew
Andrew
5 months ago

Let’s not mince words,they are the common enemy.

Dic Ben
Dic Ben
5 months ago

Wasn’t it a Conservative government,that refered to striking miners as ‘the enemy within’?

Malcolm rj
Malcolm rj
5 months ago
Reply to  Dic Ben

Yes it was Margaret THATCHER said that about the miners how can someone say that about the men that brought so much wealth to the whole of the UK and died in their thousands and hundreds are still down the mines with no grave wicked woman

Arwyn
Arwyn
5 months ago

This from a member of a party that is busy undermining democracy in the UK and up to its eyballs in sleaze … https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/29/sleaze-uk-politics-democracy-government

Mark
Mark
5 months ago

The tories have given us the internal market bill, which undermines both Welsh farmers and Government, opened the door to imports from New Zealand which will be the bases for any future deals with Australia and the US, which UK farmers won’t be able to compete with unless they lower their production standards, which will lead to a loss of any remaining sales into the EU, I won’t even go down the payment scheme rabbit hole. But yeah, I think it’s safe to say the tories have thrown UK farming under the bus, so why do so many Welsh farmers… Read more »

Grayham Jones
5 months ago

Kick all English party’s out of wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 start fighting for your children and grandchildren future in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 we in wales have got to stop being little Englanders and and be proud to be welsh

Rhosddu
Rhosddu
5 months ago

Insofar as the Tory Government has made it their business to ignore, sideline, humiliate, override and emasculate both the Senedd and the Government of Wales, “common enemy” is a fairly accurate description. No apology from Price necessary.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
5 months ago

The Welsh Conservatives are on rocky ground with their calls for Adam Price to apologise for speaking the truth. Westminster is the common enemy of Wales, as are they.

Anyone who should make an apology is their leader Boris Johnson. Has he ever apologised for his past racist & homophobic slurs made in his newspaper columns? No he did not!. So I advise our Welsh Tory trolls to shut up and go back under their dank stones.

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