Welsh politics professor’s savage burn to The Guardian during Drakeford discussion
A Welsh politics professor has delivered a savage burn to The Guardian during a discussion about Mark Drakeford.
Richard Wyn Jones, Director of Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre, told the London-based liberal newspaper’s Politics Weekly podcast that “even The Guardian has noticed devolution” if he could “put it in those slightly unkind terms”.
He made the comments during a discussion about the First Minister of Wales with Ruth Mosalski, Political Editor at WalesOnline and Chris Bryant, the Labour MP for Rhondda.
Professor Jones was asked about what Mark Drakeford’s success during the pandemic might mean for Welsh independence.
He said: “Well, the paradox of the recent period is yes it’s underlined the significance of devolution, I mean even The Guardian has noticed devolution, if I can put it in those slightly unkind terms.
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“We’re also in a period in which we have a UK Government that is intent on recentralising power in you know the name of the union and all that and we have a UK Government that is not respecting the mandate that Mark Drakeford has just won in the election, and so there’s a real tension here at the moment.£
He added: “Mark Drakeford is arguing, obviously Chris is right to talk about the practical issues around the NHS and so on and so forth, but Mark Drakeford has also made clear he think the union, the UK in its current state is basically bankrupt and that it needs comprehensive reform and we have a UK Government that is simply not willing to entertain anything the Welsh Government has to say about this.
“Meanwhile we’ve had the development of an independence movement in Wales, which is actually something I never expected to see in my lifetime.
“Around half of Labour supporters in Wales now say they would vote independence and Labour is doing really well in terms of hanging on to those voters.
“But if the devolution option keeps getting undermined from the centre then Labour have a long term dilemma.”