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Welsh Labour MP ridiculed after calling Scotland a ‘one-party state’

28 Feb 2021 2 minute read
Chris Bryant. Official portrait of Chris Bryant – UK Parliament (CC BY 3.0).

A Welsh Labour MP has been ridiculed after labelling Scotland a “one-party state”.

It was pointed out to Chris Bryant, who represents the constituency of the Rhondda in Westminster, that the Labour Party has been in government in Cardiff Bay for 22 years straight, and it has won every general election in Wales since 1918.

The SNP has been in government in Holyrood for 14 years and is on course to win a majority at the next Scottish parliamentary election.

Bryant said: “Scotland does seem to have become a one-party state with all the inherent problems including party and government leadership roles joined in one.”

Ceri Jones replied: “Wow the total utter lack of self awareness in this is absolutely staggering.”

Jack Henry said: “Says the man who’s party has been in power for 22 years in Cardiff Bay.”

Bob Lloyd, the President of Labour for IndyWales, said: “There really is no introspection at all is there – the SNP has won each election since 2007. Welsh Labour has won each election since 1918. People in glass houses and all that?”

The Barry Horns said: “Why do they program all public schoolboys with: zero self awareness?”

SNP MP Richard Thompson said: “A multi-party political system with PR isn’t a one-party state just because your party keeps getting hammered by the voters within that system, @RhonddaBryant.

“Show some respect for process and for people’s choices, instead of trying to sleekitly undermine them.

David Wallace said: “Do you have any idea how insulting you are. The Scottish PR system was designed by Labour. Scots democratically elected constituency  and list MSPs. I suppose when it’s parliament was controlled by Labour you didn’t think it was a one party state.”

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