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Wales’ First Minister blasts ‘utterly shambolic’ Tories for decisions over quarantine rules

Mark Drakeford: Wales’ First Minister described the Tory government in Westminster as “utterly shambolic”.

Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford has described dealing with the UK Government on quarantine relaxation as “an utterly shambolic experience”.

His words follow the scrapping of the 14-day self-isolation policy for people returning to or visiting England from certain destinations.

Travellers returning from countries such as Spain, France, Italy and Germany will no longer need to self-isolate for two weeks.

The UK Government said, “We have been working with all devolved administrations on quarantine from the outset and we will continue to do so.”

But Mr Drakeford has a different view. Here it is:

“I’ve seen it as our responsibility to put onto the statute book here in Wales the regulations that allow that UK scheme to operate here in Wales,” Mr Drakeford said.

“But dealing with the UK Government over the last few days has been an utterly shambolic experience.

“If ever there was an example of making an announcement first and then trying to work out what you meant by it – that is what we have seen since this announcement was first trailed in the press.

“And day after day we have attempted to get a sensible answer from the UK Government on how they intend to make these changes, which countries they intend to extend the arrangements to, and I just have to say it’s been an impossible experience to follow.”

Asked about the issue of air bridges and border quarantine, Mr Drakeford told a press conference in Cardiff that they were matters for the UK Government because the Welsh Government is not in charge of border security.

Source: Mark Drakeford blasts UK Government for ‘utterly shambolic’ decisions over quarantine rules | ITV News

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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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