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Tory MP slams Welsh Government for not scrapping Covid self-isolation rules

13 Feb 2022 3 minute read
Official portrait of David TC Davies. UK Parliament (CC 3.0)

The Under-Secretary of State for Wales has accused the Welsh Government of causing “confusion and inconvenience” over its decision to delay scrapping self-isolation rules in line with England.

David TC Davies, MP for Monmouth, came out in support of the announcement, made by Boris Johnson during Prime Minister’s Questions at Westminster last week, that all Covid restrictions in England could end this month, including the requirement for those who test positive to quarantine for five days.

The Welsh Government has said it is not considering removing the regulation until at least the end of March.

Wales’ economy minister Vaughan Gething said the UK Government’s decision was not based on scientific evidence and warned that diverging policies on self-isolation would cause difficulties for people who travel regularly across both nations to live and work.

Mr Davies told the PA news agency that he rejected these claims, saying: “The UK Government have always acted on scientific evidence and have always been committed to returning people’s liberties as quickly as possible, whereas the Welsh Government seems to want to keep restrictions on freedom in place for as long as possible.

“Once again the Welsh Government have decided to do things differently, seemingly for the sake of making a statement, that they’re the Welsh Government and they can do things differently.

“This is just going to cause confusion and inconvenience for people living in Wales.”

Ambushing

At the press conference on Friday announcing the three-week review of the rules in Wales, Mr Gething denied that differing policies would cause confusion, and criticised the Prime Minister for “ambushing” the devolved governments with the decision to scrap self-isolation rules.

He said: “I think people have got used to the fact there has occasionally been differences between the two countries. It’s very clear though, the rules of Wales apply when you’re in Wales.”

In response, Mr Davies said: “The Welsh Government have been present at Cobra meetings where a lot of the decisions have been taken, so they know exactly how we’ve arrived at the decisions.

“They have not allowed the UK Government equal access to meetings at which they take decisions. So, we never have a clue what they’re about to do.

“We should be working more closely together and it’s an absolute crying shame that we can’t, and that instead of working closely, they’re determined to take every opportunity to attack the UK Government and drive a wedge between the UK Government and Wales.”


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John
John
7 months ago

When will these buffoons realise that the vast majority of the Welsh people support these rules.

Davies has been of no added value to society since he stopped being a full time lorry driver.

Brian Coman
Brian Coman
7 months ago
Reply to  John

Where is the proof for this ? Today there are 1300 cases and 1 death. That is a ratio of about 1 in 35000…that is a lot of people to walk past, in other words 2 people in a packed Principality Stadium

R W
R W
7 months ago
Reply to  Brian Coman

According to your maths, Wales seems to have a population of 45,000,000.!! The actual rate is around 1 in 2450.

Grayham Jones
7 months ago

Kick this idiot out of wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 stop voting for English party’s in 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

Quornby
Quornby
7 months ago

Being “slammed” by Davies is like being attacked by a dead London sheep.

Llyn
Llyn
7 months ago

Can anyone tell me what benefits a business, hospital or social care setting would gain in England over those in Wales when/if the UK Gov gets rid of self isolation rules before the Welsh Gov? Beyond of course forcing or encouraging those ill and highly transmissible with covid-19 into work and health settings to help spread the disease during the current pandemic?

Ieuan Evans
Ieuan Evans
7 months ago

If David TC Davies is criticising the the Welsh Government, then it must mean that the WG are doing things right.

Rhosddu
Rhosddu
7 months ago

I fail to see what value this man gives as an elected representative off a Welsh constituency. He’s been anti-Wales from day one, and he seems to be getting worse.
Now he’s buying into the trope that Wales’ covid regulations are there just to be different from England. How effing pathetic.

Erisian
Erisian
7 months ago

Mark Drakeford doesn’t need a distraction, and has no need to make dangerous, stupid gestures to appease fanatics in his own party.
Even he did – he would not ignore our safety to do so.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
7 months ago

From Westminster records the last COBRA meeting that the First ministers were invited to was on 15th December and then Boris didn’t bother to turn up and sent Gove as a deliberate insult.
Anyhow the official line is to deny all knowledge;”As a matter of policy, the Government does not comment on the details of COBR meetings.” Michael Ellis, Attorney General.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
7 months ago

More of the same Conservative crud from Anglophile liar David TC Davies. The man should do us all a favour and keep quiet for once. His corrupt lot in London are scrapping all of their Covid rules soley to save their cult leader Boris Johnson neck from the chopping board. And this even stretches to threatening & intimidating Russia to take heat off Partygate. And where the Welsh Government have always listened to scientific evidence regarding any easing of Covid rules here in Wales saving thousands of lives , his beloved idiocracy in Whitehall have been led by the money… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by Y Cymro
Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
7 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Spot on! Those of us with relatives who are vulnerable are horrified by the English Government’s decision. It is bad enough now in Wales that still too many folk do not mask up or do Covid Distancing and will be worse still when there are floods of English trippers coming over the border for a day at the seaside forgetting that our rules are sensible. Why should those of us with vulnerabilities have to go back into self imposed lock down simply because the rules have been relaxed too soon. It is not reasonable. Is it time to estable bordr… Read more »

Mark
Mark
7 months ago

Are these tories honestly this thick, you live in Wales, you catch covid, you stay the fu*k indoors, so simple even a tory should be able to understand.

Nobby Tart
Nobby Tart
7 months ago

Perhaps he should bring up this pathetic rant in the Senedd.
Oh hang on, he’s not a member of the Senedd.

He’s just shouting at traffic.

Cynan
Cynan
7 months ago

Lemming slams other animals for not following them off cliff

Malcolmrj
Malcolmrj
7 months ago

After watching that traitor too the Welsh people in
Parliament this week how did he get elected to be a Welsh MP he should be ashamed to collect is wages the only thing that I can think he must be after browni points from BORIS

hdavies15
hdavies15
7 months ago

Tut ! By all means disagree with Welsh Gov policies but do so on the basis of rational argument. Tories have been issuing knee jerk opposition for ages and it’s getting beyond tedious. Opposition should mean a lot more than just resorting this kind of yah-boo junk. Try factual reasoning for a change.

Crwtyn Cemais
Crwtyn Cemais
7 months ago

God forbid, that due to concern for the health of people in Wales, the Welsh government, in pursuing that concern, should sow “confusion and inconvenience” amongst the good people of England, by acting with greater caution.

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