Mark Drakeford shakes in anger as he erupts in explosive rant – VIDEO
Mark Drakeford clashes with Davies over Welsh NHS
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Mark Drakeford erupted at the leader of the Welsh Conservatives during a heated clash over his party’s performance in recent weeks. During Tuesday’s Welsh First Minister’s Questions, Andrew RT Davies looked to press the Welsh First Minister on ambulance waiting times and received a brutal dressing down from Mr Drakeford in response.
Mr Drakeford told the Welsh Conservative leader: “It is shocking. It is absolutely shocking to me.
“That you think that you can turn up here this afternoon with a mess that your party has made to the budgets of this country, to the reputation of this country around the world.
“That you promise those people that there will be more to come.
“And you think you turn up here this afternoon and claim some sort of moral high ground!
“What sort of world do you belong in!?”
Mr Davies Senedd slap down demonstrates the blowback the Conservative brand across the UK is suffering over Tory leader Liz Truss’s much-criticised economic strategy and abrupts policy u-turns.
On Monday, the Prime Minister apologised for threatening Britain’s economic stability after she was forced to scrap her vast tax-cutting plans and embark on a programme of “eye-watering” public spending cuts instead.
After weeks of blaming the markets and “global headwinds” for investors dumping the pound and government bonds, Ms Truss said she was sorry for going “too far and too fast” with her radical economic plan to snap Britain out of years of stagnant growth.
Liz Truss and Mark Drakeford arrive at Llandaff Cathedral
Markets, which plunged after her September 23 “mini-budget”, are still under strain even after Ms Truss’s finance minister Jeremy Hunt tore up her plans on Monday, and she is now fighting to survive, just six weeks after she became prime minister.
It was not clear whether Ms Truss’s apology would quell a growing rebellion in her ruling Conservative Party, with a handful of lawmakers urging her to quit. Dozens fear they will lose their jobs at the next election.
Even one of her ministers said she could not afford to make any more mistakes – something that could be difficult when her Government looks for deep savings which could deepen an expected recession. Already Mr Hunt has refused to guarantee the budgets of departments such as health and defence.
A new YouGov opinion poll suggested even those Conservative Party members who backed her for prime minister were having second thoughts.
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The survey showed more than half of those members polled said she should resign, while a third wanted her predecessor, Boris Johnson, to replace her.
The Prime Minister told the BBC late on Monday: “I do want to accept responsibility and say sorry for the mistakes that have been made.
“I wanted to act to help people with their energy bills, to deal with the issue of high taxes, but we went too far and too fast.”
She added she was “sticking around” and that she would lead the Conservatives into the next election due in about two years’ time, although the statement was accompanied by a laugh.
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