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Watch: ‘No PM has done more to undermine the Union’ than Boris Johnson, says Shadow Welsh Secretary

18 Jan 2022 2 minute read
Jo Stevens

No Prime Minister has “done more to undermine the Union than” Boris Johnson, according to the Shadow Welsh Secretary.

Labour MP Jo Stevens accused Johnson of “plastic patriotism” as well as being “mired in law-breaking, deception and incompetence”, during a scathing speech in the UK Parliament.

She made the accusation during a meeting of the Welsh Grand Committee in Westminster which is titled: “To consider the matter of Strengthening the Union as it relates to Wales”.

Jo Stevens said: “Well we should start with the Minister for the Union – the Prime Minister, whose job it is in everything he says and everything he does to strengthen the Union.

“He holds the most important office, one that’s vital to the integrity of our politics, our government and out democracy. So how shameful is it for the Union to have a Conservative Prime Minister mired in law-breaking, deception and incompetence. Leading a government whose ministers at best attempt to deflect from the Prime Minister’s inherent personal failings and at work publicly and repeatedly endorse both them and him.”

‘Far from being strengthened’

“And the Union far from being strengthened by the Prime Minister and the government is being degraded and weakened, because for all his flag waving and plastic patriotism, no Prime Minister has ever done more to undermine the Union than this one.

“He has irretrievably damaged public trust and confidence in the UK Government and UK politics. And that’s bad enough a legacy in any time, but when it’s during a health emergency it’s unforgivable.

“And as the Leader of the Opposition has quite rightly said ‘he’s the worst possible Prime Minister at the worst possible time.'”


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Arwyn
8 months ago

Insofar as the likes of Thatcher and Redwood prove to be motivation for the Yes vote in 1997 that established the then Welsh Assembly, this Johnson Govenment has confirmed our worst fears about the Tory Party. They are dominated by hard-right Anglo-British Nationalists and their policies are materially and culturally damaging to the Nation of Wales. In that regard, Johnson & chums have shifted a lot of pro devolutionists into the pro-independence camp. But with regards to Wales, Westminster has long been dysfunctional. The gap between the Welsh economy and the rest of the UK has widened linearly for a… Read more »

Arwyn
8 months ago

Insofar as the likes of Thatcher and Redwood prove to be motivation for the Yes vote in 1997 that established the then Welsh Assembly, this Johnson Govenment has confirmed our worst fears about the Tory Party. They are dominated by hard-right Anglo-British Nationalists and their policies are materially and culturally damaging to the Nation of Wales. In that regard, Johnson & chums have shifted a lot of pro devolutionists into the pro-independence camp. But with regards to Wales, Westminster has long been dysfunctional. The gap between the Welsh economy and the rest of the UK has widened linearly for a… Read more »

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
8 months ago

The Conservative party, at the moment, is not really the Conservative party of old. It is now UKIP in all but name. UKIP was (is) primarily an English nationalist party and that leaning is now endemic within the Conservative party. As a result, even if Jonhson is replaced any new leader will be just as hostile to the other countries of the UK as Johnson. If the Union is to be saved – the Conservative party and attitudes in Westminster need to change. There isn’t much hope of that happening as both are too set in their ways. The break-up… Read more »

Erisian
Erisian
8 months ago

I trust she is suitably grateful for his efforts. I am. Bring it on.

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
8 months ago

This from the same party whose leader wraps himself with the butchers apron and ignores the fact that Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England exist. Just like the tories do.

Last edited 8 months ago by GW Atkinson
Julie Jones
Julie Jones
8 months ago

Jo Stevens is correct in her analysis. Johnson is certainly assisting with the deconstruction of the Union State. That is why it is vital that he stays in power for as long as possible.

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