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Welsh Secretary attacks ‘dysfunctional duo’ of Plaid and Welsh Labour focused on ‘ripping apart our union’

03 Oct 2022 2 minute read
Welsh Secretary Robert Buckland speaking during the Conservative Party annual conference. Picture by Jacob King / PA Wire

The Welsh Secretary has attacked what he has called the “dysfunctional duo” of Plaid Cymru and Welsh Labour who he says are focused on “ripping apart our union”.

Robert Buckland told Conservative Party members at the party’s conference that “being a proud unionist doesn’t make anyone less Welsh and being proudly Welsh doesn’t make anyone less of a unionist. The two go hand in hand”.

He added: “We are all part of one United Kingdom with shared values and we are stronger together.”

Sir Robert turned his fire on Labour and Plaid Cymru, which he described as a “party more focused on stoking division and ripping apart our union than delivering for Wales”.

He added: “Rather than focusing on the people’s priorities, like delivering the M4 relief road that Welsh businesses and families are crying out for, this dysfunctional duo are hellbent on creating a larger Senedd, packed with even more politicians paid out of the public purse.”

‘Growth’

Speaking at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre (ICC), Robert Buckland said that the UK Government is using its Brexit “freedom” to “bring a freeport to Wales for the very first time”.

“Backed by millions of pounds of UK Government funding, a freeport will bring renewed growth to Welsh communities and it’s why we’re helping families and firms directly with the energy price guarantee, so that no-one will go cold this winter,” he said.

“This is what taking back control can deliver for Wales.”

Sir Robert concluded his speech with his message of UK unity, telling members: “I want to finish by saying to those who might be losing faith, not just in Wales, but across the country, that this Conservative Government will deliver the growth and the prosperity that is only possible in a strong United Kingdom.”


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Mr Williams
Mr Williams
2 months ago

Dysfunctional?

How many Prime Ministers is your Government on now Mr Buckland?

Cwm Rhondda
Cwm Rhondda
2 months ago

It is not ‘our’ union, it is your union. It works for your view of the world it doesn’t work for ours in Wales.

Aled Rees
Aled Rees
2 months ago

He has the bare faced cheek to use the disfunctional when his one month old PM was about to do the biggest U turn since Reginald molehusband.Maybe they never bothered to tell you Rob’you dont matter to them anymore than we do.Sychophantic clown.

hdavies15
hdavies15
2 months ago
Reply to  Aled Rees

Silly boy is in a competition with ARTD and others to see who wins the daily league for stupidity.

Rhisiart
Rhisiart
2 months ago

>Welsh Secretary attacks ‘dysfunctional duo’ of Plaid and Welsh Labour focused on ‘ripping apart our union’

To be fair, I think the Contservatives are doing a good job at splitting up the union as it is but there’s no harm in giving them a helping hand on occasion to get the job done quicker.

Dyfal donc.

Last edited 2 months ago by Rhisiart
Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones
2 months ago

Tory chats blatant b******t. SHOCKER!

Last edited 2 months ago by Cathy Jones
Gareth
Gareth
2 months ago

When you have messed up big time, blame everybody else. U-turn on the 45p tax rate cut, attack the Senedd to deflect. Ignore the UK gov cut to road building fund by £3.4 billion, and talk about the M4 relief road. Trumpet the Union, while ignoring marches in Cardiff and Glasgow and a huge gathering in Dublin for a united Ireland. “Dysfunctional duo” of Truss and Kwarteng draws a warning from the IMF, blame Price and Drakeford. We see through your smoke screen fella.

Gareth C
Gareth C
2 months ago

If we shared values a Welsh man would not be representing an English constituency and standing up talking at a Conservative conference espousing the merits of a dysfunctional union called the UK

Adrian Meagher
Adrian Meagher
2 months ago

Maybe the “dysfunctional duo” wouldn’t be so “hellbent” on creating a larger Senedd if the Tories in Westminster weren’t so hellbent on reducing Wales’ representation in the House of Commons by twenty percent.

Christine Jones
Christine Jones
2 months ago

You have to laugh at the Tories. They are funnier than any sitcom on the telly. There is nothing more dysfunctional in today’s society than their party, the State that they adore, and the Establishment they represent.

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
2 months ago

The political equivalent of The Addams Family.

Dewi
Dewi
2 months ago
Reply to  SundanceKid

but not as funny or entertaining!

Ernie The Smallholder
Ernie The Smallholder
2 months ago

TRUE !

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
2 months ago

Shameless. On Friday he was defending the tax cuts and champagne parties that even The Khasi now admits were wrong.

Frank
Frank
2 months ago

What’s he for? As far as I can see he is a government man who will try and scupper any plans Wales has for independence.

Geraint
Geraint
2 months ago
Reply to  Frank

He is just the government’s representative in Wales who has been defending their line and then made to look inept when they change their mind.

Quornby
Quornby
2 months ago
Reply to  Frank

Yes Frank the WG needs to render his post irrrelevent.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
2 months ago

The Dysfunctional Duo of the Year award goes to the Lone Ranger and Tonto…

The Toady of the Week award goes to Sir Robert Buckland of Scammerland

Last edited 2 months ago by Mab Meirion
Llefain
Llefain
2 months ago

The rest of you have the serious points covered so…
Good lord, their obsession with the M4 “relief” road is getting embarrassing. Do they all have personal investments in the tarmac company or something? Let it go you weirdos.

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
2 months ago
Reply to  Llefain

It’s about colonisation.

The M4 “relief” road is all about extracting youth, talent and resources and flooding the region with pro-union voters who will change the voting demographics of those areas, drain out local people and our heritage, culture and language.

It’s rather telling they never bang on about a “relief” A470 or A483 road isn’t it.

Ernie The Smallholder
Ernie The Smallholder
2 months ago
Reply to  SundanceKid

Another aspect of coloniation is forcing Wales into accepting nuclear power stations.
Wales has no nuclear fuel and will be dependant on imports, Guess where from.
Nuclear power plant are expensive to set up and run.
What would we do with the expended waste?

Wind turbine farms are much cheaper to set up, and they can be in service producing electricity within months.

David Zenati-Parsons
David Zenati-Parsons
2 months ago

I actually respect Mr Buckland a lot, but he is missing the point. The Union has not advanced the economy of Wales, even worse money that doesn’t target the Welsh Economy is being attributed to the advancement of Wales (eg HS2) he knows this and chooses to ignore it. People have had enough of being sold short; we simply want to take control of our own destiny. This is not an anti-English thing this is an anti-Westminster thing it will not go away no matter how much Mr Buckland protests or accuses those who want to try a new way… Read more »

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
2 months ago

Then why not use his title…

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
2 months ago

Using its ‘Brexit freedom’ to give Wales a freeport ? – There was nothing stopping the UK government creating freeports before, while in the EU, and they did. More false rheteric. As for dysfunctional – it would be very hard to beat the dysfuntional Tory government in power now. Is your government going to show accountability for the billions the Bank of England had to shelve out recently to save pensions?

Llyn
Llyn
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Duggan

Quite. There were free ports in the UK from the 1980s to 2012, including one in Cardiff. So Robert Buckland’s statement that the UK Government is using its Brexit “freedom” to “bring a freeport to Wales for the very first time” is simply not true.

George Atkinson
George Atkinson
2 months ago

Pure projection. If anyone is destroying the UK, its this turd and his turd party of far right English nationalists.

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
2 months ago

Below Watford Nationalists.

Frank
Frank
2 months ago

Quote “Welsh Secretary attacks ‘dysfunctional duo’ of Plaid and Welsh Labour focused on ‘ripping apart our union’” The Tories don’t need any help from other parties to rip apart the union they are successfully doing that all by themselves.

Christopher David
Christopher David
2 months ago

Wales could have had its M4 relief rd. The Purple route but it was greedy. Leave the Gwent levels alone. As for the union. Who want to be in union with the country England has become with it neo fascist government. Its 850 strong Lords a Leeching House of Lords oh and its redundant monarchy? If we can find a way to make up the huge budget deficit, I say leave the union. Who is the bloke anyway? Did Wales appoint him?

Karl
Karl
2 months ago

His union, not mine. Take our Senedd government over his Westminster, everytime. The biggest reason for rips in his union is his party. Horrendous corruption and arrogance.

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
2 months ago

I thought weasels were thinner?

Last edited 2 months ago by I.Humphrys
DAI Ponty
DAI Ponty
2 months ago

He has more faces than Big Ben comes to mind just sit back and watch the tories do our indie job for us with their policies and infighting stabbing each other in the back

DAI Ponty
DAI Ponty
2 months ago

Just like the Appointment of a Prince of Wales to a COUNTRY this excuse of a man Secetry of state for Wales same thing as days of Empire when they appointed Governer Generals of the Country they ruled have they appointed one for England NO

Valerie Matthews
Valerie Matthews
2 months ago

Well he would wouldn’t he? If Nations become independent, he is out ot a job!

Quornby
Quornby
2 months ago

Your union Buckland, not ours.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
2 months ago

Here we go again. Looks as if Englishman Robert Buckland is picking up the bigoted BritNat baton where anti-Welsh Simon Hart left off by attacking Plaid Cymru & Welsh Labour for their political consensus where they prefer chaos whilst highlighting how the Union is under threat conveniently omitting all the Conservative threats and intimidation made towards Welsh & Scottish Government competency the reason why support for the SNP in Scotland has surged. Pro-Devolution parties are the majority in Wales. And indepencence movement is gaining support daily. Also, you shouldn’t throw stones seeing your pathetic Conservative party and lame horse PM… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Y Cymro
Gwyn Hopkins
2 months ago

I was a member of Dyfed County Council during the period 1993 – 96, when Robert Buckland was a member. He spoke a great deal of claptrap then – he certainly hasn’t lost his flair in this respect.

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
2 months ago

What “union”?

Vyvyan
Vyvyan
2 months ago

Another Dic Sion Dafydd

The original mark
The original mark
2 months ago

I would really like Mr Buckland to explain how a freeport will bring growth to communities, the very nature of a freeport means the operation remains in a small contained area, it’s a bit like trickle down economics.

WilliamsG
WilliamsG
2 months ago

We shouldn’t be paying for the 800+ un-elected house of lords then

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