Boris Johnson was ‘absent supervisor’ throughout pandemic, Drakeford tells Covid inquiry | EUROtoday

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Boris Johnson has been likened to an absent soccer supervisor after he prevented assembly the leaders of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland firstly of the pandemic, the Covid Inquiry has heard.

Mark Drakeford, the Welsh first minister, stated he believed Mr Johnson’s refusal to debate the pandemic with devolved administrations was “extraordinary”.

In his witness assertion, Mr Drakeford described Michael Gove as a “skilful lead minister” who was the “centre forward without a team lined up behind him and where the manager was largely absent”.

Asked to elucidate this, Mr Drakeford stated: “Well the absent manager was the Prime Minister, because he was never at these meetings or at the table, and while Mr Gove was a senior minister with responsibility for these matters, whose voice would count in discussions with his colleagues, he has influence rather than the determinative impact which a message from the Prime Minister would have”.

Mr Johnson was stated to have intentionally prevented assembly the primary ministers of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in case it gave the misunderstanding that the UK was a federal state”.