A columnist for the Telegraph has criticised Comrade Drakeford for making the People’s Socialist Republic of Wales “a testing ground for all the most ridiculous ideas in politics” and for expecting England to “subsidise his projects”.
Journalist Kara Kennedy argues that although Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan may get “all the attention”, Mr Drakeford is the “worst devolved leader of the lot”. As an alternative media team who have had the opportunity to ask a question to Mr Drakeford, we agree with this accusation.
This isn’t the only criticism the Welsh Government have faced this week for their nonsensical decisions. On Wednesday, British broadcaster and Telegraph columnist, Iain Dale, also denounced the Welsh Government for introducing the “mad” 20mph speed limit rule, while incorrectly claiming that they were “abolishing” the 30mph speed limit. This is another policy pushed through by the Senedd with no consultation which has faced a backlash. Please read previous article by VoW James here.
In her most recent column, Ms Kennedy criticised the Welsh Government’s policies on trans ideology, speed limit legislation and lockdown restrictions. Although she said she was “proud” to come from Wales, which she described as the land of Richard Burton and Snowdonia, she said she feared that the First Minister was turning Wales into a “laughing stock”.
“This week has brought yet another example – a new website, backed by the Welsh government, to give advice about menstruation,” she wrote. “But NHS Wales appears to have decided that its target audience isn’t women – you know, those who actually get periods – but “people who bleed”. It represents yet another example of the erasure of female biology by a public sector body.”
“Wales obviously isn’t the only part of the UK where trans ideology has taken hold. Nor is it the only place where 20mph zones are spreading insidiously, however, under Mr Drakeford, there has been a tendency to take everything to extremes. Last month, the Welsh government announced that it would seek to reduce the speed limit to 20mph – not just where that might be appropriate, but to all formerly 30mph roads in built-up areas.
“The Welsh Covid lockdowns lasted longer than almost everywhere else in the UK and the devolved government seemed to glory in introducing the most ridiculous of restrictions. And as if people haven’t spent enough time at home being paid to do nothing, now Mr Drakeford wants to trial a universal basic income – long a dream of those who put economic equality ahead of wealth creation. Perhaps this is unsurprising given that the First Minister was a lecturer in social studies before entering politics. But if the trial is extended, all it will do is universalise welfare dependency and sap what is left of Wales’s enterprise economy.
She added: “Mr Drakeford expects England to subsidise his projects. This is bad enough, but too many on the Left seem to regard his experiments as a model for the whole of the UK to follow. That way lies madness.”
Kara’s post on social media has attracted a lot of attention and seems to have been very well received with comments such as…
“I’m glad to see that Drakeford’s madcap ideas are getting attention nationally. Another thing, the buying of farms to plant trees. A good facts-based article. Thanks. It will get abuse because I can see you’ve hit a rich vein of barmy Welsh socialists, such as Twitter.”
“Congratulations Kara – that is a huge achievement. You should be very proud indeed!” – Steven Barrett, writer for the Spectator.
“Drippy isn’t the best is he? Buying farmland (future food production?) to plant trees, sending Covid- infected OAPs into care homes where the majority died, no investigation into child abuses at Caldey Island, dances at Diwali… “