Call to make pol­i­tics ‘less bru­tal’

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - Steven Morris

The Welsh first min­is­ter has called on par­ties to con­sider how pol­i­tics could be made “less bru­tal” fol­low­ing the death of Carl Sargeant, who was found dead four days af­ter be­ing sacked as a min­is­ter over ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions.

Car­wyn Jones is un­der huge pres­sure over his han­dling of the al­le­ga­tions and has also been ac­cused of pre­sid­ing over a Welsh gov­ern­ment with a “toxic” at­mos­phere of “fear and loathing”.

Speak­ing at first min­is­ter’s ques­tions yes­ter­day as the Welsh as­sem­bly met for the first time since Sargeant’s death last week, Jones said: “Do I think there are lessons for all par­ties to learn? There may be.

“Pol­i­tics is a very dif­fi­cult busi­ness. We know that. Peo­ple can be sacked from cab­i­nets … with­out any rea­son. They can find them­selves in a job and then out of a job.

“It is in that sense a very bru­tal busi­ness. Per­haps as par­ties we should con­sider how to take not the edge, not the need for foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion, not the de­bate, not the scru­tiny out of pol­i­tics, but to see how we can make it less bru­tal than it is. That is some­thing all par­ties may want to con­sider.”

Be­fore the ques­tions ses­sion, mem­bers paid trib­ute to Sargeant, de­pict­ing him as an au­then­tic politi­cian who never for­got his work­ing-class roots and cam­paigned against vi­o­lence to women, home­less­ness and mod­ern slav­ery.

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