Drakeford Knows His Time Is Up
If you have not heard, Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales will be stepping down in March; with a new First Minister due to be elected at the next election.
Drakeford was known for his outbursts in the Senedd, making Wales the nation of sanctuary for illegal migrants, as well as implementing 20mph speed limits to supposedly reduce the CO2 levels.
Drakeford earned £148,575 per annum (2022) (which included £67,920 MS salary).
When one is rewarded so handsomely, what do the people expect from their Wales First Minister?
He was active in the development of the Wales 2040 plan which included the implementation of the 20mph. And here is why.
It states on page 13: “The Wales Transport Strategy provides the framework for transport related activities and sets out the strategic priorities of a safe, integrated, sustainable, efficient and economic transport system serving Wales. It provides the context for the Welsh Government’s aim to reduce the need to travel, particularly by private car, and supports a model to shift to walking, cycling and public transport.”
Welsh Labour have already said they want a non-White Leader next.
Here are the potential candidates for Wales in the next election:
Vaughan Gething, the current Economic Minister, who came second in the 2018 Welsh Labour leadership election, winning 41.4% of the vote in the second round to Mr Drakeford’s 53.9%.
Jeremy Miles, who has been the Minister for Education and Welsh Language since 2021
Baroness Eluned Morgan, who came third in the 2018 Welsh leadership race, winning 22.3% of votes in the first round of voting.
Hannah Blythyn, who has held the post of Deputy Minister for Social Partnership since 2021.
Labour comes out on top when people were asked who they would vote for if a general election were held tomorrow however support is down 4% compared to three months ago. Conservative, Lib Dem, Plaid and Reform support is all up, by 1%, 2% and 3% respectively.
Ultimately it doesn’t matter who the next first minister will be as they will have to follow the global plan.
Good luck to the ladies and gentleman putting themselves forward, keeping in mind most inner-city councils are now run by non-white councillors.