Tory MP insists he’s not ‘speaking through his hat’ as he bemoans Wales having different laws to England
A Tory MP has insisted he’s not “speaking through his hat” as he bemoaned Wales having different laws England.
Daniel Kawczynski, who represents Shrewsbury, hit out at “divergence” between Cardiff and London, which he claimed has “magnified beyond all previous understanding during this pandemic”.
He was speaking on Rich Politics, a YouTube channel by former Abolish the Welsh Assembly Candidate Richard Taylor, when he made the comments.
He was asked by Taylor if devolution is a “threat” to the union, to which he replied: “Well this is the question I really came on your show for.
“So, I’ve represented a border community for 16 years and my experience over the last 16 years, I’m not speaking as a fresh new Tory MP who’s just been parachuted into the seat, who is speaking through his hat.
“I’m speaking as an English Member of Parliament, and by the way I’m British because I was born Poland.
“So, I’m neither English nor am I Welsh. I’m British and there are millions of us who don’t consider ourselves to be English or Welsh or Scottish. We consider ourselves to be British.
“Having represented the community and seeing as Cardiff and London since 1997 have started to diverge, and as the speed of that divergence quickened and as it has magnified beyond all previous understanding during this pandemic then I see, if you get two sides pulling apart it’s the thing in the middle that sees the tension, and where it rips.
“It doesn’t rip on either side, it rips in the middle and this, the border communities who are at the coalface of experiencing additional difficulties as a result of this increasing divergence between Cardiff and London.