Welsh Chief Medical Officer Admits School Return Plan Blocked by Unions

The Welsh Chief Medical Officer admitted today that the Welsh Government is not following the science when it comes to re-opening schools. Wales, which is set to open schools from 29 June and then close them again for summer holidays, is pursuing what CMO Dr Frank Atherton calls a “second best option” thanks to teaching unions. Classic Labour.

Dr Atherton told a press conference that his preferred plan to have children return during the summer holidays was “not attractive to the unions” and therefore won’t be going ahead. Not the scientists, not even the politicians, Welsh policy is controlled by the unions…

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Welsh Government Keeps Sending People Incorrect Coronavirus Letters

It’s been a little over a month since the Welsh Government sent tranches of self-isolation letters to the wrong households, giving people incorrect advice and potentially failing to reach out to those who are genuinely vulnerable. Now it’s happened all over again…

A Swansea mother received a letter last week from the Welsh Government advising her to go into self isolation, despite having no serious health conditions. This was a month after it apologies for having sent out letters to the wrong households. Plaid Cymru’s Dai Lloyd, chairman of the Welsh Assembly’s health committee, told WalesOnline:

“It is ridiculous that this error has happened again – only a month after the last error. The Labour Government in Wales needs to sort it out. You would have expected the system errors from last time to have been identified, and rectified.”

After last week’s twin cock ups, Wales is putting in a good showing for worst crisis handling in the UK…

This is not good news for Sir Keir Starmer, who just yesterday was at pains to stress how in line he is with the Welsh First Minister, saying the “perception that the leader of the Labour party and Welsh Labour are in two different places, is not right, and that’s my job to make sure people realise we’re all on the same page, all working together”. Awkward.

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Welsh Government Allows Outdoor Picnics After Health Minister Pictured Picnicking Outdoors

The Welsh Government, fresh from confusing its own guidance about meeting members of other households, has now embarrassingly further liberalised restrictions after its own Health Minister was pictured breaking them. Despite calls to ‘Stay Home’, Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething was snapped by The Sun picnicking in a park over the Bank Holiday weekend. This was even before England had allowed that activity…

Guidance abruptly changed on Monday, after Gething was seen in the park over the weekend. The Welsh Government is now denying the change is anything to do with the incident. Of course it wasn’t…

Readers may remember Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething from his swearing at a colleague during an expletive ridden virtual Welsh Assembly appearance, sending Coronavirus letters to the wrong households,  and charging the taxpayer many thousands of pounds for globetrotting. After surviving these scandals, he’s now single handedly changed lockdown policy in Wales to pretty much match England. Remarkable!

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Welsh First Minister Confuses His Own Rules

First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford repeatedly claimed that people could meet up with family members from other households in parks at his press conference yesterday. The man who has been at pains to stress his rules were different from those in England claimed in response to two different questions:

“It has been the case throughout coronavirus in Wales that if you as an individual are out taking exercise you can, at a social distance, have contact with one other person.”

“The rules in Wales are that two people can meet providing they observe social distancing, so if one person from a household is going out and meeting another member of their family then under our rules that would be permitted.”

When WalesOnline, who attended the press conference, subsequently published an article saying exactly what Mark Drakeford had said, it found itself chastised by the Welsh Government that Drakeford’s quotes are not in fact the rules in Wales, and that “arranging to meet friends and family is not reasonable excuse” to leave your home.

WalesOnline now says that “by the time the Welsh Government had given us a correction at 6.50 pm over 50,000 people had read this incorrect advice.” A pretty monumental mistake. Guido suspects Welsh Labour may now be regretting boasting so loudly about their oh so clear messaging…

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Wales Goes It Alone on Lockdown

The Welsh Government this morning been at pains to stress that that the UK Government’s lockdown ease down announcement this Sunday will only apply to England’s 56 million people and not the 3 million people living in wales. First Minister Mark Drakeford is expected to be issuing his own separate statement for Wales at the weekend…

In a huffy press release the devolved administration argued it has a tougher lockdown and insisted it has the power to impose lockdown with discretion over how it should be implemented. Funny how they’re never that loud about running all aspects of their NHS…

“The Prime Minister’s announcements this weekend will relate to England only. Any decisions to ease restrictions in Wales will be announced by the Welsh Fist Minister”

Guido’s not sure who the “Fist Minister” is, let’s hope he makes a good fist of the decision, though…

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Welsh Health Minister’s F-Word Zoom Faux Pas

The House of Commons’ first virtual parliament ran relatively smoothly today, with only a few MPs losing connection mid-question. Wales’ proceedings didn’t run quite as smoothly, with the Labour Health minister Vaughan Gething swearing at a fellow member being picked up when he left his microphone on.  It appears Gething directed his fury at fellow Labour AM Jenny Rathbone, spitting “what the f**k is the matter with her?” Plaid Cymru are of course demanding his resignation…

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