Welsh first minister said Boris Johnson ‘really, really is awful’

Mark Drakeford
Support us and go ad-free

Remarks made by Mark Drakeford about Boris Johnson which were caught on film are “revealing” about the first minister’s commitment to the United Kingdom, the Welsh Secretary has said. Simon Hart also accused Drakeford – Wales’ most senior politician – of being “fixated with politics” during the pandemic, and said that he hopes the first minister now “slightly regrets” a clip of him saying the prime minister “really, really is awful”, which emerged during an S4C film.

‘Really, really awful’

Hart said that hearing the remarks made him question whether Drakeford “is really committed to trying to achieve UK-wide progress on some of the really important challenges that we face”.

He told journalists at an online press briefing:

I’ve sat in on numerous calls chaired either by Boris Johnson or by Michael Gove, and at no stage in the margins of those meetings have I ever heard either of them be anything other than courteous to Nicola Sturgeon, the Northern Ireland executive, or ministers from Welsh Government.

And it’s not because they agree with them, it’s not even necessarily because they have much in common. It’s because when all is said and done you respect the position.

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

In February 2020, the National reported:

Boris Johnson’s spokesperson has been forced to deny accusations the PM called Nicola Sturgeon “that bloody Wee Jimmy Krankie woman” during a No 10 meeting on climate change.

In January, the Daily Record reported on comments from Conservative leader of the Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg:

Jacob Rees Mogg dismissed the First Minister’s suggestion that the PM’s trip to Scotland to promote the UK-wide response to the covid pandemic was “non-essential”. …

He told the Commons: “Well, I used to think that Moanalot was a fictional character, but it turns out it’s actually the First Minister of Scotland.”


Hart continued:

I just thought it was slightly depressing, and it made me question just how serious the First Minister was being about leading the country though a pandemic, or whether he’s actually fixated with politics.

And I thought that there was more fixation with politics than I found appropriate, and rather too little commitment to actually doing the things that ultimately we’re all there to do, which is to try and get through this pretty awful time for everybody and get out the other side with as much of our community and economy intact as we could.

I hope that he slightly regrets that clip ending up in the public domain.

Simon Hart
Simon Hart was critical of Mark Drakeford’s comments (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

“Both ways”

Hart also said Drakeford had “spent quite a lot of time complaining about lack of engagement with the PM, and then is filmed having engagement with the PM”.

“And so you can’t really have it both ways,” he added.

Drakeford told the Welsh Affairs Committee last week he believed the UK “is over” and a new union should be crafted to reflect a “voluntary association of four nations”. Under Johnson, support for Welsh independence has risen to its highest levels ever.

Support us and go ad-free

Do your bit for independent journalism

Did you know that less than 1.5% of our readers contribute financially to The Canary? Imagine what we could do if just a few more people joined our movement to achieve a shared vision of a free and fair society where we nurture people and planet.

We need you to help out, if you can.

When you give a monthly amount to fund our work, you are supporting truly independent journalism. We hold power to account and have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence the counterpoint to the mainstream.

You can count on us for rigorous journalism and fearless opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right wing mainstream media.

In return you get:

  • Advert free reading experience
  • Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
  • 20% discount from our shop


The Canary Fund us
  • Show Comments
    1. Clearly the Tories can’ handle truth. They’ve lived under successive lying Prime Minister so long that when a Welshman tells the truth, i.e. that Bogus Johnson is “really, really is awful”, they are completely unable to understand it.

      So, let me repeat it:

      Bogus Johnson is really, really is awful.
      Bogus Johnson is really, really is awful.
      Bogus Johnson is really, really is awful.
      Bogus Johnson is really, really is awful.
      Bogus Johnson is really, really is awful.
      Bogus Johnson is really, really is awful.
      Bogus Johnson is really, really is awful.
      Etc., etc., etc., ad nauseum.

      He almost makes Donald (the imbecile) Trump look intelligent. At least Trump knows how to do up his pants, put on a tie (even if it is too long) and brush his hair.

    Leave a Reply

    Join the conversation

    Please read our comment moderation policy here.