Thursday, 23 April 2020

Vaughan Gething caught using the "F word" to describe Labour colleague.

To some extent , I have sympathy for Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething.

Even in normal times his portfolio is the hardest in the Welsh Labour Government's something that is shared with his counterparts in all the UK Legislatures.

However his handling of the coronavirus crisis is not exactly exemplary and  there  are signs it is getting to him.

Vaughan Gething caught on live broadcast asking 'what the f*** is the matter' with fellow Labour AM
The health minister has been caught swearing about a Labour colleague in a virtual Welsh Assembly session after he left his microphone on by mistake.
Vaughan Gething made the comment about Cardiff Central AM Jenny Rathbone.
 Gething answered her questions calmly enough while knowing he was on screen but, having done so, his demeanour changed and he embarked on a tirade against Ms Rathbone, seemingly furious or frustrated with her for her questions. But his microphone was still on and his comments continued to be broadcast.
He is heard to say: " I tell you what, I know Jenny is regularly [inaudible] but... what the f*** is the matter with her?"
The llywedd can then be heard trying to speak over him which makes the rest of what he says inaudible except for a few words. The session was then delayed while the "technical problems" were sorted out.
He has since apologised to Ms Rathbone. She had been asking questions about the Welsh Government's coronavirus response.They included questions on PPE and testing, in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
Some were fairly critical of the Welsh Government saying that "some of my constituents who are care workers have had huge difficulty getting tested".
Opposition leaders have called for Mr Gething to be sacked by the First Minister Mark Drakeford.
Mr Gething tweeted: "I'm obviously embarrassed about my comments at the end of questions today. I've sent a message apologising and offered to speak to Jenny Rathbone if she wishes to do so.
Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price called on the First Minister to relieve Mr Gething of his responsibilities “with immediate effect”.
Mr Price said: "He has not only failed over the last month several times, he has failed to acknowledge that he has failed and aggressively attacks even those within his own party who question him. He does not have the right attitude, skills or temperament to lead the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic. To maintain public confidence the First Minister needs to relieve him of these responsibilities with immediate effect.
“There are experienced members on the First Minister’s backbenchers who could be brought into government to fill any vacuum."

The incident reminds me of the time the then Irish Green TD Pail Gogarty  swore in the Dáil
At the time Gogarty was had been a highly popular TD but had foumd Following the Green Party's entry to Fianna Fáil government in 2007, Gogarty had being appointed Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Education and Science, 
 On 11 December 2009, during his contribution to a debate in the  on the Social Welfare bill of the 2010 budget, Gogarty said to Labour Party TD Emmet Stagg: "With all due respect, in the most unparliamentary language, fuck you Deputy Stagg! Fuck you!"[He immediately apologised to the House for his use of unparliamentary language, which was criticised by Deputy Lucinda Creighton, who demanded his suspension.[The incident was referred to a sitting of the Dáil committee on procedure and privileges, when it emerged that "fuck" is not included among the list of forbidden words set out in the Salient Rulings of the Chair, the document which regulates the behaviour and conduct of TDs. Gogarty later clarified that the outburst was totally unintentional and not premeditated as some had suggested. He also said that the outburst had to be taken in the context of his contribution during the debate that day[as well as a very turbulent and heated debate the previous night.
 Fianna Fáil was swept from power in the worst defeat of a sitting government since the formation of the Irish state in 1922.[11] The party lost more than half of its first-preference vote from 2007, and garnered only 20 seats. it's former partners Gogrty's Greend lost all of their six seats.
I wonder if the Senedd and the Llywydd Elin Jones  will find that  like the Dáil committee  Mr Gething may have not actually used a forbidden word because no one ever thought we would here one .
Lip readers however my have another view ,and this is more commom place  than we think.

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