See what I did there? No? Allow me to explain:
Jacob Rees-Mogg has supported to the hilt plans that would put permanent borders within the United Kingdom – in the middle of the Irish Sea and on the inland border of Kent.
But he reckons a plan by Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford to ban entry into that country by people from other areas of the UK with higher Covid-19 lockdown restrictions is “unconstitutional”.
It isn’t; it simply puts those other parts of the UK in the same situation as those parts of Wales that are under more stringent restrictions and Drakeford is well within his rights to impose this temporary rule.
It seems, regarding internal borders, Rees-Mogg is schizoid – he is literally of two minds.
Jacob Rees Mogg replied: “What would you expect of a hard-left Labour Government?
“The approach to putting a border between England and Wales is unconstitutional and will place the police in an invidious position considering that they serve the whole of the United Kingdom.
“We are one single United Kingdom and we should not have… borders between different parts of the United Kingdom.
“And I’m afraid that is what you get when you vote for socialists.”
He did not offer any evidence that the Welsh Government’s plan was unconstitutional. Health is a devolved issue in Wales and can be legislated upon by the Welsh Parliament.
Police are not devolved but organised on an England and Wales, Scottish, and Northern Irish basis.
The measures regarding people coming to Wales from England are the same as those that exist between Welsh authorities.
You can see him making his comment here:
"I'm afraid that is what you get when you vote for socialists"
Commons leader and Conservative MP Jacob Rees Mogg says the Welsh government has created an "unconstitutional" border between England and Wales with its plans for a Covid travel banhttps://t.co/5nbxIyo5AE pic.twitter.com/xjyHNDG6Qw
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) October 15, 2020
Phew, what a loony!
“Hard-left Labour government”? Rees-Mogg’s own constituency of Bath and North-East Somerset is very close to Wales. All he has to do is cross a bridge to realise that this is not a country full of Bolshevik revolutionaries.
Drakeford himself always struck me as being more of the ‘New Labour’ persuasion than a socialist. Perhaps he’ll take the hint from Rees-Mogg and adopt a more left-wing policy from now on (that would be welcome).
Realistically, we could suggest that Rees-Mogg’s attitude is that of the spoilt boy who finds that someone else has been playing with his toys; perhaps he thought nobody else was allowed to do as Drakeford has – now he knows better.
Alternatively, he’s mad as a bag of cats.
Our friends in the social media have an opinion about that, of course:
Wales is worried about covid:
'I'm afraid that is what you get when you vote for socialists,' says Rees-Mogg
70,000 deaths, almost all preventable, plus the worst recession in the G7, and a no-deal Brexit days away:
'I'm afraid that is what you get when you vote for Tories'
— PuzzledPolitico (@Cat_n_Bagpipes) October 15, 2020
What Mr Mogg doesn't acknowledge (or perhaps realise) is that @WelshGovernment measures re people coming to #Wales from #England are EXACTLY the same as those that exist BETWEEN some authorities in Wales. So his analogy of an "unconstitutional border" is, with respect, incorrect. https://t.co/Zcg01EKUQQ
— Wyre Davies (@WyreDavies) October 15, 2020
So according to the fascist Jacob Rees-Mogg the Welsh Government's attempt to save Welsh lives is "unconstitutional" & driven by "hard left" ideology: https://t.co/PeRYdUhGaD This is an attack on a democratically elected Welsh Government trying to save the lives of its citizens.
— Bill Cruickshank (@BjCruickshank) October 15, 2020
Come to that, so do a few people from Wales itself:
IT IS NOT A WALES-ENGLAND ISSUE!
I live in Wales and cannot visit family and friends in other Welsh counties because my own county is in lockdown. FFS!
— Esyllt Sears (@EsylltMair) October 15, 2020
Me driving to the border to take on Rees-Mogg for talking shit about Wales pic.twitter.com/c8Ee2bbLfr
— Gwdihŵŵŵ👻🎃🦉 (@youwouldknow) October 15, 2020
Of course it is perfectly permissible to travel out of Wales in order to give Rees-Mogg a verbal battering.
And if you don’t travel through any English Covid hotspots, it’s perfectly permissible to travel back in again.
The only people under any restrictions are those who should not be travelling anyway.
So this Tory fool is making a fuss about nothing.
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