Drakeford lashes out at Boris despite huge U-turn on Covid rules ‘not driven by science!’

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Drakeford lashes out at Boris despite huge U-turn on Covid rules ‘not driven by science!’

His swipe comes as he said he was ”confident" it is safe to lift restrictions on outdoors sporting events and outdoor hospitality from Friday. But

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His swipe comes as he said he was ”confident” it is safe to lift restrictions on outdoors sporting events and outdoor hospitality from Friday. But he believes the contrast between his country’s approach to lifting the measures and that of England “has been pretty stark this week”.

Speaking to Sky News, he said: “We will not be moving at the same pace as English ministers.

“Anyone watching what is going on in Westminster will know that those announcements are not driven by the science, they’re not part of a carefully thought out plan.

“They’re just an effort by UK ministers to find a different headline from the one that has dominated the news because of all the difficulties that they have got in to of their own making.

 

“Here in Wales, we are in a better position than that – our Government is able to go on making sensible, cautious planning decisions rooted in the science and in keeping people in Wales safe.

“I think the contrast between our two positions has been pretty stark this week.”

His comments come as the Welsh Government announced nightclubs are on track to reopen, with social distancing and rule of six requirements concluding by the end of the month in Wales.

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The U-turn by Wales comes after Mr Johnson told MPs in the House of Commons on Wednesday more than 90 percent of over-60s across the UK have now had booster vaccines, with England set to treat the virus like flu. He announced the end of COVID-19 measures introduced to curb the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

Mr Drakeford told BBC News: ”We’ve always taken a different approach in Wales, one that does things step by step in line with a science.

“We’re a government that doesn’t need to grab headlines to distract attention from the difficulties.

“I think people in Wales have demonstrated their support for that more cautious, more step by step approach because it has kept Wales safe.”

In a brutal dig at Mr Johnson, who is fighting for his political life, he said the Prime Minister will “never escape the damage to his reputation” over lockdown-breaking parties at Number 10.

He added: “Conservative MPs have been fighting each other like ferrets in a sack this week, and it’s very hard to see how the Prime Minister survives.

“Even if he were to survive, he will just limp on because he’s never going to escape the damage that this week has done to his reputation.”

Mr Johnson hopes to reset his agenda following the furore over alleged lockdown gatherings at Downing Street, which has led to Tory plots to remove him.

The lifting of Plan B measures, along with the navigation of Omicron without resorting to a stringent lockdown, could help Mr Johnson appease vocal opponents of restrictions amid the party unrest.



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