I won­der if he is up to gov­ern­ing a coun­try

Western Mail - - AGENDA -

MICHAEL Wil­liams’ de­fence (“Please let’s try to stick to pol­icy”, WM let­ters, De­cem­ber 31) of Mark Drake­ford’s ap­pear­ance misses the point.

Mr Drake­ford is in a priv­i­leged po­si­tion where he has ac­cepted a post in the spot­light na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. He is rep­re­sent­ing Wales. First im­pres­sions do count.

One ac­cepts he is not en­ter­ing any fash­ion com­pe­ti­tion but surely he should show some re­spect for the po­si­tion he finds him­self in. It is not too much to ask him to up his game, es­pe­cially when he is earn­ing £140k.

Mr Wil­liams refers to Mr Drake­ford’s ide­ol­ogy be­ing so im­por­tant but to me Mr Drake­ford is more in­ter­ested in mak­ing the Welsh Labour Party more left-wing than any ini­tia­tives to re-en­er­gise the Welsh econ­omy, ed­u­ca­tion or health ser­vices.

Mr Drake­ford’s vi­sion­ary goals are to ban smok­ing in out­door ar­eas, in­tro­duce drink­ing foun­tains in towns and vil­lages and dou­ble the size of al­lot­ments. This should im­press all the world lead­ers! To be ex­pected, I sup­pose, as Mr Drake­ford’s back­ground is no busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence what­so­ever.

How is he go­ing to make any dif­fer­ence? Ru­mours are that with in­come tax-rais­ing pow­ers he will look to tax the rich. Not be­cause that will cre­ate any mean­ing­ful rev­enue but be­cause he can. This will alien­ate the few that help cre­ate wealth in Wales. He has put his head in the sand on the M4 re­lief road and does not ap­pre­ci­ate the eco­nomic dam­age of con­tin­u­ing de­lays. He is anti-busi­ness there can be no doubt.

I do worry about his at­tempts to gov­ern as I think he is, along with the ma­jor­ity of AMs, not up to the job of gov­ern­ing a coun­try.

Clif­ford Rogers


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