For daring to associate with other left-wingers, Drakeford is now on the right’s hit-list and subject of widespread hostile briefings – the Labour right wants ‘its’ party back
The Labour right and its media allies have turned their attention on Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford in their eagerness to expel or cow the left of the party.
Drakeford is being attacked – and no doubt set up for suspension – for appearing at the The World Transformed (TWT) festival that takes place alongside Labour’s annual conference in Brighton. In order to fit up Drakeford, the right-friendly media are spinning up the flimsiest of material into the illusion of substance, quoting a councillor in Hampshire – not a Welsh Labour member, then – and a group called ‘Wales against antisemitism’ that barely exists online, with only four results on Google, of which two relate to its criticism of Drakeford:
Drakeford’s ‘sin’? Speaking at The World Transformed – not on a platform with any of the persecuted groups the Labour party has suddenly ‘proscribed’ as undesirable, but as part of a discussion on UBI, a ‘universal basic income’.
The Labour right long dominated Wales before Drakeford’s election and still holds sway over large parts of the party. It wants ‘its’ territory back, just like it seized Scottish Labour against the democratic will of Scottish members – and even more so now that there are noises in Wales about making Welsh Labour fully separate from the toxic and woefully ignorant Westminster version; more so still because Drakeford is perpetually outshining Keir Starmer to be Labour’s most successful leader and opposition.
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