The Welsh Government has just published a review of relations between the four nations of the UK. Its conclusions are damning. It mentions “poor quality of engagement” and observes that several recent actions indicate “a series of aggressive intrusions by the UK Government into areas of devolved competence.”
Strong stuff indeed, but no surprise. The Johnson government has been unable to engage in respectful cooperation throughout the pandemic.
Many of us watched the recent programme on S4C in which our First Minister attended a Cobra meeting with the PM to discuss Christmas Covid restrictions. And heard Mark Drakeford’s exasperated and heartfelt remark: “Dear Me – he really, really is awful!”
On top of that, Johnson has now bypassed Welsh Government by directly recruiting 12 senior civil service roles in Cardiff to ignore Welsh input and deliver the so-called Shared Prosperity Fund.
Over the past 12 months the Conservatives have shown a complete lack of respect for devolution. They’d like to see all power concentrated in London again. We cannot allow that to happen. Devolution needs to be strengthened, not undermined. A vote for Welsh Labour in the Senedd elections will help to make sure that happens.