Welsh FM Mark Drakeford says talks are underway about removing Welsh party from ‘centralised control’
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has said that Welsh Labour has begun ‘talks to remove centralised party control of Welsh members’, a move toward full autonomy that to many represents a first step on the road to a divorce from the toxic London party under Keir Starmer, David Evans and the Labour right.
Drakeford, who was heavily targeted by right-wingers for participating in the left-wing ‘The World Transformed’ event that takes place alongside Labour’s annual conference, has every justification in wanting the Welsh party as separate as possible from the gangsterism of ‘Southside’. As Labour’s most successful current leader, with left policies but facing an entrenched right just as Jeremy Corbyn did, and having seen Starmer interfere directly to remove left-wing Scottish leader Richard Leonard to please potential super-rich donors, he knows that the danger of Wales becoming a Labour wasteland like Scotland and large parts of northern England and the Midlands grow stronger with every day that passes under Starmer’s so-called ‘leadership’.
And Drakeford knows that the Westminster machine won’t hesitate to conduct its purge of the left in Wales if it is allowed to, hollowing out a great party to a lifeless husk – just as it has in England and Scotland.
Drakeford can also see the writing on the wall for the left politics for which his country hungers, if Starmer and co extend their influence or even tarnish the left in Welsh Labour by their mere association with it – as Starmer has been clearly identified as a major turn-off for voters.
And the arrogance of Starmer and the Labour right towards Wales has recently been evidenced in sloppy election materials that talked not about Wales, but about Scotland – and named Keir Starmer as Welsh Labour leader.
Anyone who wants to see a stand for real change and a real improvement in the lives of the many in Wales will welcome any steps to put Welsh Labour as far from Starmer and his gang in the minds of voters as possible.
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