Welsh comedian Mike Bubbins responds to British Conservative MP’s jibe “I’m subsidizing Wales”
Welsh comedian Mike Bubbins responded to an English Conservative MP who said “I am subsidizing Wales”.
The Tory politician, who represents the constituency of Lichfield in Staffordshire, made the claim during an attack on measures that have been taken in Wales to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
In response, Bubbins, who co-hosts The Socially Distant Sports Bar podcast and acted on the BBC sitcom Wales Tourist Trap, suggested that the ‘charities’ given to Wales by Westminster pay for’ all the coal , slate, copper & gold he’s notched for hundreds of years ”.
Maker also suggested that the Welsh Government’s style guide for civil servants is ‘lopsided’, despite the UK government giving the same advice to its own officials.
Welsh Government Advocate General Mick Antoniw accused the Tory politician of telling the Welsh people to “know their place”.
He also said that “the Tories are clearly shaken and trying to distract from their disastrous government in Westminster”.
England has the highest seven-day positivity rate of any country in the UK, as cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 increase in the country.
The governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have put in place tighter restrictions in an attempt to reduce the number of cases, while the UK government of Boris Johnson has refused to do the same in England .
This led Professor Andrew Watterson, of the University of Stirling’s Faculty of Health Sciences, to suggest that England is “out of step”, adding that “one would have expected a more cautious and precautionary approach” from the UK government.
Michael Maker said: “Labor’s Mark Drakeford, the Premier of Wales, shows why people think he is out of balance.”
Responding to the cancellation of a Parkrun outdoor exercise event in Wales, he said: “And now he’s banned @parkrunUK @parkrun because he thinks it’s ‘unhealthy’. Its position is entirely political whatever the epidemiological case.
Andrew Bettridge replied, “Have you ever done a park run or are you just using it to score political points? I don’t know why Conservative MPs in central England are suddenly so interested in a policy area over which they have no influence.
Manufacturer replied, “I have it. Yes.”
Bettridge said: “Unless you have an interest in becoming a member of Senedd, it’s really none of your business.”
Manufacturer said: “I subsidize Wales and all that nonsense like all the English do. My mother was Welsh, I speak Welsh (poorly) and I hate to see the way Cymru is run.
Mike Bubbins said: “Mike, I know Wales is already swimming in the money, but is there any chance that your charity friends in Westminster could pay Cymru for all the coal, slate, copper and gold that it has flayed for hundreds of years? That should only add up to a few trillions in today’s silver. We’ll sort the water later. Diolch.
Welsh Government Advocate General Mick Antoniw said: Some of my best friends are Welsh. I have nothing against the Welsh, I’ve even been there, but know your place. Old conservative colonial attitudes clearly survive even into the 21st century. I was hoping @WelshConserv would speak for Wales.
He added: “The Tories are clearly in shock and are trying to distract from their disastrous government in Westminster. In the absence of any credible Welsh Tory voice, they are scratching the barrel in desperation for Tories ready to take on decentralized governments. So sad.”
Rhondda Cynon Taf’s chief executive, Cllr Andrew Morgan, told Manufacturer: “You also got the Whatsapp message from the Tories, didn’t you? Funny how British Conservative MPs are now so concerned about what’s going on in Wales. Focus on your own problems buddy and maybe the UK won’t be called the Plague Island then! “