BoJob booed again as the new PM fails in Wales

Farmers at last weeks Royal Welsh Show demanded answers from new prime minister Boris Johnson about the effect of a “no deal” Brexit which they fear will harm exports and bring a fall in animal welfare and environmental standards – along with a massive cut in funding. If they expected answers when he visited Wales yesterday, they were disappointed.

Mr Johnson was booed as he arrived at the Welsh Assembly for talks with First Minister Mark Drakeford. He had previously visited a chicken farm near Newport and an online retailer in Brecon.

Boris Johnson: A clown, even when he isn’t wearing the make-up.

After behind-closed-doors discussions, Mr Drakeford was disparaging about BoJob. Here’s the BBC’s report of his words:

He held talks with Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford, who said there was a “deeply concerning lack of detail” from the new prime minister.

The Welsh Labour leader said he pressed Mr Johnson to explain the path to a deal with the EU but did not get a “clear sense” from him of what the plan would be.

Mr Drakeford said he emphasised the “catastrophic effect” a no-deal Brexit would have on the Welsh economy, and said the PM provided assurances of support for manufacturing and agriculture in such a scenario.

“But asked to describe the nature of that support, I’m afraid that there is a deeply concerning lack of detail that is available to people whose livelihood is on the line”, Mr Drakeford said.

The first minister said the PM told him there would be many new opportunities for Welsh agriculture and businesses, but he had “no sense again” there was detailed thinking behind what “otherwise becomes vacuous optimism”.

Mr Johnson said: “We’re not aiming for a no-deal Brexit, we don’t think that’s where we’ll end up.”

“This is very much up to our friends and partners across the channel,” he added.

A Welsh farmer called on Mr Johnson to stop “playing Russian roulette” with the lamb industry over the threat of a no-deal Brexit.

Members of the press are starting to call Mr Johnson “Maybot Mk II” after he refused to respond to a single on-camera question.

Adrian Masters of ITV Cymru/Wales explained on Twitter:

Of course, control of the mass media is a warning sign of fascism – see this article for the rest and consider how many other conditions the Conservatives have already met, and how many more they are likely to meet as BoJob’s leadership continues.

The fledgeling PM was much-criticised for leaving his meeting with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon by the back door.

Having failed in Wales, I wonder whether he left Mr Drakeford by the same route.

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  1. nmac064 July 31, 2019 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Reassuring to know that the dishonest and nasty rat bag Johnson is getting the sort of reception he deserves.

  2. Growing Flame July 31, 2019 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Bojob’s Welsh visit seems to confirm a pattern that is emerging. He, and the Tory Brexiter Right-Wing are not bothered about farming, fishing or manufacturing industry. In his own words “F**k business”. The only activity that seems to expect success in all this is the “casino capitalism” of the City of London. There, stocks and shares are bought and sold, investments are made and withdrawn all over the world. It will become an island of global wealth in a sea of Brexit British dereliction.

    Though the wealth will go to just a global few, the City income from stocks and shares will be included in the country’s GDP figures so that we will continue to appear to be one of the world’s richest economies. But the actual PEOPLE of the country will struggle to get work or a decent income. Factories close. Hill farms close and scrub over.
    Tax revenues will decline because the rich will avoid paying much at all and the workers won’t earn enough to pay much in tax.

    Health and other services will contract. But still, the economy will seem to be healthy because the City of London will continue to add billions to their coffers so our annual GDP will seem bouyant.

    No wonder the leading Brexiteers like Farage, Banks and Rees-Mogg make their money in stockbroking and investment rather than the actual, creative economy. They can invest anywhere they want. Britain is just a base.

  3. Joan Edington July 31, 2019 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    If he won’t let reporters film his answers to questions, if he ever does, then he should expect absolutely no coverage at all. Starve him of the publicity he craves. Why should the media only be able to quote his words? Guaranteed that at some time he will be able to deny any of the promises made.

  4. vondreassen August 1, 2019 at 9:37 am - Reply

    what was that about South American Diktatorships ?

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