On Friday Wales began a two-week national “firebreak” Covid lockdown in an attempt to give some breathing space to its health service, which risks being overwhelmed by the rise in cases. It has not been without controversy – a ban on supermarkets selling non-essential items was criticised over the weekend. In the English press, the first minister, Mark Drakeford, and the Welsh government have been labelled as “clowns” who are trying to turn Wales “into a wartime, command economy: East Germany, except not as efficient, and with more sheep” (note the tedious xenophobia).
The criticism over the essential items rule is less about lockdown and more about what individuals consider “essential” during times of crisis (the government has now indicated that supermarkets will be allowed flexibility – hardly the actions of a Soviet dictatorship).
Speaking to friends and family in Wales, most people feel the Welsh government knows what it is doing.
One of the things the Welsh government has done is state that tampax, maxipads and all that wimmins’ stuff, is not an essential item.
Now try to imagine Rhiannon agreeing with that statement if it were not being said or done by Welsh socialists. Quite.