Vaughan Gething – the Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth who is one of three candidates in contention to become the next First Minister of Wales – has said that at times people assume he ‘doesn’t care‘ .
As Health Minister, Gething has been embroiled in crisis after crisis as he runs what’s said to be the worst NHS service in the UK .
Now, for the first time, Gething appears to recognise that his phlegmatic, laid-back – and some might say uninvolved – attitude can raise hackles.
Last night in an ITV Wales “Wales This Week” interview – wearing an apron – Gething cooked a breakfast of poached eggs on toast for political editor Adrian Masters and answered some probing questions, one of which was “What do people get wrong about you?“
Gething replied “I think every now and again people assume that I don’t care because, you know, you make a deliberate effort not to lose your temper … so that somehow you are not passionate about the future, that you don’t care about the country, that you don’t have the links we all have, with a family and a future to fight for that every family has in the country.”
The Labour leadership candidate went on to say “…So I think that every now and again that isn’t communicated. But it’s difficult to stand up and shout, because I think that’s often the wrong thing to do.”
When the questions get too tough Gething has been known to turn his back on the camera (an ITV camera as it happens) and walk away from the reporter, but has yet to be seen losing his sang-froid on tv.
Perhaps some would prefer that from time to time he actually did so.
The other candidates for the Welsh Labour Leadership are the Corbyn-supporting Professor Mark Drakeford and former Labour MEP Baroness Eluned Morgan.