Call to make politics ‘less brutal’
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.