Welsh Tories accuse Drakeford of ‘flirting with hostile nationalism’
The Welsh Tories have accused Mark Drakeford of “flirting with a divisive and hostile nationalism”.
Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for the Constitution, Darren Millar MS was responding to comments made by the Labour First Minister on the future of the UK in an appearance in front of a House of Lords Committee.
Drakeford said that the UK is “sleepwalking” towards the end of the Union if the UK Government does not change its attitude towards devolution.
He added that the current UK Government was the first in his political career that was “actively hostile” to the Welsh Government and Senedd.
But according to Darren Millar, the First Minister should not be focusing on “constitutional change”.
He said: “Labour’s First Minister is flirting with a divisive and hostile nationalism.
“The people of Wales want him to focus on our recovery from the pandemic, not constitutional change.
“Labour’s priority should be protecting jobs, tackling unacceptably long waiting lists and improving our education system in Wales – not stoking fear about the future of the United Kingdom.”
At the committee hearing Mark Drakeford said that the UK Government had shown a “confrontational approach – an approach of muscular unionism. Aggressively unilateral in the way that it goes about things”.
“The union is under the greatest pressure it has ever been in my political lifetime,” he said.
“With the current UK Government, we face for the first time in the history of devolution a government that is instinctively hostile to devolution.
“We’ve never worked with a government that is instinctively hostile to the notion of devolution. It certainly doesn’t have to be like that – it hasn’t been like that for most of the 20 years of devolution.
“We are sleepwalking if we’re not careful into the end of the union as we know it.”