One tweet from a Tory Senedd member reveals a more sinister agenda in Wales

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On Saturday 7 August, the Welsh government moved the country to “alert level 0”. This removes several legal restrictions in place because of coronavirus (Covid-19). It means there are now no restrictions on the number of people who can meet indoors or at public events in Wales. Additionally, businesses and nightclubs can reopen.

Despite these changes giving Welsh people greater freedom of movement, first minister Mark Drakeford refused to follow prime minister Boris Johnson’s example and call 7 August “Freedom Day”. Because, according to Drakeford:

We don’t use that language here in Wales because it’s not all over.

Hundreds of people every day are still falling ill from coronavirus in this third wave and while vaccination has fundamentally altered the relationship between falling ill and hospitalisation, it hasn’t eliminated it.

So while today’s a good day here in Wales, a day for optimism here in Wales, it’s also a day on which we ask Welsh people to go on making those contributions which each one of us can make to keeping each other, and Wales, safe from this awful virus.

This bizarre response

Drakeford’s comments sounded quite sensible and cautious against the backdrop of a global pandemic. So in that light, it really was quite bizarre that it would invoke any opposition. But then came this typically neo-conservative response from a Welsh Conservative member of the Senedd (Welsh parliament):

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A number of people appeared to be wise to what Evans was up to. Because soon afterwards, Labour Senedd member Lee Waters took to social media to call out Evans and the apparent links between Welsh Tories and the Centre for Welsh Studies, a right-wing think tank. Waters tweeted:

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The Centre for Welsh Studies (CWS) says:

We like to promote free market and new fresh ideas to improve the lives of the average Welsh worker.

And that:

We will work with any political party in Wales and across the UK to achieve this.

But in November 2020, editor-at-large of the Western Mail Martin Shipton revealed that the CWS received funding from a global organisation (the Atlas Network) based in the United States. The CWS is listed as a partner on the Atlas Network’s website. Shipton claims the Atlas Network:

seeks to promote right-wing free-market ideology across the world.

Following Evans’ tweet, Shipton’s article resurfaced:

Shipton’s article also reported that members of the Koch family have donated to Atlas. The Koch brothers are well known for pushing a right-wing agenda.

The rebuke continued

Others joined in supporting Waters too:

Lives over language

So while Wales’ first minister appears to be taking a public health approach to the pandemic, one Welsh Tory sees this as an attack on “individual liberty and freedom”. In this May’s elections Welsh people overwhelmingly chose Drakeford’s Labour over the Tories. That result, more than the nonsense espoused by right-wing Tories and their hidden agenda, speaks volumes.

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    1. If you think that is bad, have a speed red through Deborah Mattinson’s Books!, her Propaganda and thoughts on The PEOPLE aka “The LEFT” and The Poor! At first it may look just like statistics from Polls, but we know now, post-2015 to 2020, how targeted demographics are used as a tool for defamation! Here are some key words she uses to describe The Left, Bonkers, Looney, Lesbian, Militant, Dirty Hippy, Feminist, Smokes Pot, Lives in a Squat, talk about stereotyping, and talk about what we saw flooding at us on Twitter 2015 to 2020!
      Here is what Mattinson thinks of the Poor British in a Northern European Country with, in 2018 (imagine now!!!), 9/10 of the top 10 poorest places in ALL of Northern Europe, bar Number 9, AND 1/10 Richest Places, not just 1/10 BUT THE Nr1 Richest Place in Northern Europe! Mattinson has this to say about The British Poor: “the undeserving poor: immigrants, teenage mums and “benefit cheats”.” Was it not EXACTLY this kind of NAZI/TORYSPEAK and PROPAGANDA that led to and is leading to 10s of 1000s of DWP Deaths!
      Top that off with Keith’s hunt for ’10 year Prison Sentences’ for “benefit cheats” and the infamous Reeves with her “Labour will be tougher than the Tories on benefit Claimants!”! Why anyone would willingly want to cheat to be on the misery that is benefits, is beyond me! This is more about Stigmatisation and NOTHING to do with Cheating! I wonder if Mattinson would run TRUTHFUL research on the Cost to The PEOPLE’S Coffer of “Benefit Cheats” vs Wealthy TAX Evaders/CHEATS! I think I know what that result would look like!
      We have to first cut out the TORY Parasite/Cancer/Filth in what is supposed to be an OPPOSITION PARTY for The PEOPLE, before we even start to think about The Inbred Buffoon and Co! Thatcher’s Neolabour Party TORIES are full of Extremely Dangerous People who robbed The PEOPLE of the ‘ONE Opportunity’ to End 42 years of TORY HELL ‘TWICE’ GE17 and GE19!
      Voting for The Brand Name “Labour” will not solve any of our problems, those who still has their heads in comfy fluff bubbles will soon wake up when they come down to us Undeserving Poor with one hell of a Thud, and who can say they don’t know of anyone in such a predicament!?
      The Stigmatisation of the Poor instead of providing the support to give them back their Will to Live, Sense and Meaning, And to give The Poor very specific demographic group names is a very Dangerous 1930s Game!
      There are far more Goebelsspeak coming from Thatcher’s Neoliberal Neolabour Party TORIES than there are from Thatcher’s Neoliberal Conservative Party TORIES!

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