The definitive verdict on how the Welsh Government and UK Government compared in their handling of the pandemic
Throughout the pandemic both the Welsh and UK Governments have attempted to make political gain by comparing how they have handled the virus compared to their counterparts across the border.
In Wales Mark Drakeford has repeatedly juxtaposed his decision-making, which he describes as thoughtful, cautious, and considerate, with that of Boris Johnson, whom he has categorised as rushed, ill-conceived, and at times even callous.
By contrast UK Government ministers, Conservative politicians, and the PM himself have often drawn attention to the fact that rules in England have often not been as restrictive as well as scorning measures such as the Welsh Government’s ban on selling non-essential items in supermarkets.
This comparison has become a real talking point among people in Wales. The respective handling of the pandemic was a key battleground in the Welsh parliamentary elections last year and is widely believed to be one of the primary reasons for Welsh Labour’s success.
It is therefore worth taking an objective look at who handled the pandemic better.