by Julian Ruck
On hearing this I didn’t know whether to burst out loud laughing or nip up to Asda’s for a crate of Johnie Walker to kick me back into reality!
The full quote from Carwyn Jones, first minister of the Welsh government, at the Labour conference is “We are building a Wales that’s a living, breathing example of what Labour can achieve when in government.”
Carwyn then went on to defend Welsh Labour’s record on jobs, the NHS and schools.
Well now, let’s take the jobs angle first. There aren’t any in Wales. And the principality has the highest youth unemployment in the UK.
The Welsh NHS. According to the Welsh government’s own statistics for the quarter ending June 2013 not one of the six Welsh LHB’s reached their cancer waiting times targets and this has been an on-going trend. Keep an eye out for my next column wherein I will be exploring the outrageous failures of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, the resignation of its Chairman, Professor Mervyn Jones and Welsh health refugees.
Schools. According to the Estyn Report last year, 40% of Welsh school children entering secondary education receive an education that is “barely adequate,” the worst in Europe along with the Czech Republic. Recruitment at Welsh universities is also in terminal decline.
The Welsh economy isn’t referred to in the quote, but Wales has the lowest GDP in Europe and is also one of the most public sector dependent.
Druid Carwyn (member of the Gorsedd of the Bards, blue robes an’ all) must have picked up his particular strain of political mood music from some ancient druidical song being given voice at this year’s Welsh Eisteddfod.
He goes on, “We have different policies in Wales because they’re right for our people.” Well excuse me here, but as far as I know we’re all Brits and the only thing that distinguishes the Welsh from the rest of the English speaking peoples in the UK is the fact that we have mounds of laver bread and a propensity to sing loudest when in a state of lovely inebriation.
There is also that tiny inconvenience of all British taxpayers having to fork out for Carwyn’s delusions and attempts to turn Wales into a Welsh speaking third world dystopia.
If Ed listens to the lesson according to Carwyn the venerable, then be assured that Labour will be waiting a long time to sit on the green government benches of democratic power and deliverance.
Julian Ruck is an author, columnist and Freedom of Information campaigner. He also makes contributions to both Welsh and national broadcasting and media