As the Labour Party continues to implode, the Welsh Labour Government’s “First Minister” for Wales – Carwyn Jones – has today chosen to disown any personal responsibility for the thrashing his “Remain” campaign received in the EU Referendum in Wales
First Minister Jones – who himself struggled to get re-elected as Labour Leader in Wales – has also now chosen to give only the flimsiest degree of support to the leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn .t
Asked on Radio Wales if Corbyn could credibly lead the Labour Party if half of the party’s shadow cabinet resigned, Jones conceded it would “make it very difficult” for Corbyn to carry on in office as Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party.
Asked whether he had confidence in Corbyn, the First Minister phrased his way around the question and appeared to give less than a ringing endorsement of his party leader – saying he was “someone whose heart is very much in it” and who was “committed to his role”.
In the light of the overwhelming vote against the EU across most of Wales, Carwyn Jones – who had led the “Remain” campaign here – was asked whether he had considered his own position. [ i.e. had he thought of resigning?].
Jones appeared to disown and deny any personal responsibility for the outcome of the vote – saying “It wasn’t my referendum“. He said he had warned Prime Minister David Cameron not to hold the EU referendum so close to the Welsh Assembly elections.
Penarth’s Conservative Assembly Member Andrew R T Davies – who is the leader of the Conservatives in Wales – said in contrast to the “depressing interview” given by Carwyn Jones today – that there is a “real bright future ahead” for Wales and there are “enormous opportunities ahead” .
He said that for Carwyn Jones to “actually talk about the closure of Port Talbot [steelworks] because of the referendum result on Thursday is just scaremongering”
Davies said “the deals and the trade agreements are in place, business continues” and for First Minister Carwyn Jones to “talk about car companies pulling out of Britain and no demand for steel really is scaremongering of the highest order – and a bit of reality needs to be got hold of here”.