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‘Wales makes the UK what it is’ says Boris Johnson in St David’s Day message

01 Mar 2022 2 minute read
Boris Johnson. Picture by Pippa Fowles / No 10 Downing Street (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Boris Johnson has said that it is “Wales and the Welsh that make the UK what it is today” in a St David’s Day message.

The Prime Minister praised Wales’ association with Doctor Who, Alun Wyn Jones, lamb and a pint of brains, as well as the island of Anglesey which was a marginal Conservative gain at the 2019 General Election.

“Dydd Gŵyl Dewi hapus to everyone who’s celebrating today,” Boris Johnson said. “Maybe you’re proud to call Wales your home, maybe you’re spending time in exile so that you can come back to Wales and love her more.

“Maybe you just happen to think there are a few things finer in life, finer than a pint of brains, a rack of Gower Salt Marsh Lamb, and the sight of Alyn Wyn Jones (sic) in full flight.

“All that matters is that today, St David’s Day, we all take the opportunity to celebrate Wales and her people, from the stunning coastline of Ynys Mon that I had the pleasure of visiting myself recently, to the majestic mountains of Monmouthshire, to the thriving buzzing 21st century cities.

“Modern Wales is a nation of high-tech cutting-edge industries, top tier universities and the host of everything from the ashes to NATO summits to the Hay Festival. It is even the home of Doctor Who.

“In short, it is Wales and the Welsh that make the UK what it is today.

“And as Prime Minister it gives me great pleasure to wish you all a very happy St David’s Day. Diolch.”

His message came after Wales’ First Minister called for “random acts of Welshness” on St David’s Day.

Mark Drakeford has urged the people of Wales to celebrate March 1 by doing a “little something to brighten up someone else’s day”.

In his St David’s Day message for 2022, he said he hopes that we can “leave the worst of the pandemic behind us” and said he wanted to “thank everyone for everything you’ve done to look after and protect one another”.


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hdavies15
hdavies15
6 months ago

How very inclusive of him !

Gareth Jones
Gareth Jones
6 months ago

If I read this article I will be physically sick

Cathy Hill
Cathy Hill
6 months ago

Let us, for the sake of fun, take what Boris KGB Johnson at face value and then let us see what questions arise from it, because if Cymru makes “the UK what it is” why then does he starve us of money, allow his ministers to mock our Senedd, allow Lord Frost to say that devolution should be taken back “by stealth” without censure? Why does he not keep his promises to the people in Cymru that he and his party made to the people in Cymru that voted for his party? Boris (not even his real name) KGB Johnson,… Read more »

Brian Clement
Brian Clement
6 months ago

This has really brightened my day, and given it some meaning, as I was seriously thinking about not celebrating St David, and having a fallow year, until I’d been re-assured by the UK PM. Boris is the true Emperor of Wales.

Dewi Williamswhat
Dewi Williamswhat
6 months ago
Reply to  Brian Clement

We’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. Said tongue in cheek and an attempt at humour perhaps?

Brian Clement
Brian Clement
6 months ago

Well spotted Dewi. I’ve long thought that we are seeing the slow death of irony, especially with the rose of Twitter, but to pacify readers I DO NOT think that Boris the true Emperor of Wales.

JJJ
JJJ
6 months ago
Reply to  Brian Clement

It’s honestly tragic that you needed to clarify that.

Carol James
Carol James
6 months ago

Dear Boris, If you make St David’s Day a national holiday I will promise to buy you a pint of Brains.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
6 months ago
Reply to  Carol James

It is “a pint of brains” not Brains. What manner of brains is up for debate but twice the use of the lower case “b” confirms it.

JJJ
JJJ
6 months ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

Pipe down there Kerry, don’t get excited.

Gareth
Gareth
6 months ago

Please Boris, take your patronising words with you and go somewhere you may be liked or wanted, because you, or what you have to say , are not wanted or welcome in Cymru.

Last edited 6 months ago by Gareth
BobSnail
BobSnail
6 months ago

“A pint of brains” – get it right! It’s Brain’s from the Cardiff brewery not offal.

Moelwen Gwyndaf
Moelwen Gwyndaf
6 months ago

No mention of our language and culture, Guto Harri.

Dewi Williamswhat
Dewi Williamswhat
6 months ago

At least something must be happening to arouse Westminster’s unsolicited and sudden interest in us. So let’s display our cautionary Welsh magnanimity and accept it gracefully no matter how it is intended.

Dewi Williamswhat
Dewi Williamswhat
6 months ago

Someone on this site is failing to recognise irony. Come on! we Welsh have a sense of humour. Don’t keep letting us down.

Grayham Jones
6 months ago

Kick all English party’s out of wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 the UK is finished Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 and Ireland 🇮🇪 to be Free

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
6 months ago

Isn’t Brains now made & owned in England??

R W
R W
6 months ago

Shove off Boris!!

Owain Morgan
Owain Morgan
6 months ago

Does this guy even think before he opens his mouth 🙄 When has any aspect of Welsh cultural identity formed a part of British culture 🤔⌚I’ll wait, but I have no faith no whatsoever in that bunch of muppets in Downing Street 😒

Nobby Tart
Nobby Tart
6 months ago

brains?
Alyn?

Maybe he should’ve got Guto to proof read it first?

O'r gorllewin gwyllt
O'r gorllewin gwyllt
6 months ago

I smell the pen of Guto here.🤧

Mark
Mark
6 months ago

if he wanted to be taken seriously, he would have let us have our own public holiday on our St’s day, instead he can shove his platitudes up is backside.

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
6 months ago

Nothing more than a damage limitation exercise. His party’s daily verbal attacks on this country show his level of contempt for it. I don’t wish to appear ungrateful for the message that Guto has probably written for him, but in the light of his treatment of devolution, his comments seem in rather bad taste.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
6 months ago

If the Tories weren’t fearing the rise of the independence movement in Wales and the eventual break-up of the UK, we would have heard – absolutely nothing from the UK PM today. Too late Johnson, no amount of flattery is going to keep us in your decrepit neglectful Union.

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