I have not, until now, commented on @SimonCalder's suggestion that #Wales is a great place for a half term holiday. Given, however, that he's thrown a tantrum and said he'll never come to Wales again because he suffered some "abuse" on Twitter, here goes... /2
2/ Two thirds of Wales is in local lockdown. Until August, Wales had much more stringent lockdown restrictions and a much lower incidence of coronavirus. Unfortunately, we had to open up too soon so that English people could go on holiday and visit their second homes. /3
3/ Then, trying to limit the renewed increase in cases of #covid19 by imposing local lockdowns, @fmwales wrote to @BorisJohnson to ask him to impose a restriction on people living in areas where there was a higher incidence of cases than in Wales from coming to Wales. /4
4/ Johnson's reply, in short, was "No." Implicit in his rejection of @fmwales' request was his political ideology that "we are all one country" - the basis of his power grab away from local authorities and devolved governments in the #InternalMarketBill./5
5/ Now, I appreciate that Mr Calder has to do something to earn his keep, but suggesting people from areas where covid is rampant travel to areas struggling to keep it under control is frankly not using the common sense Mr Johnson attributes to all of us. /6
6/ Calder's opinions merely echo Johnson's ideology, an ideology which is deeply offensive to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. I suspect if he had suggested visiting Sco or NI and not Wales, he would have had the same response from those countries. /7
7/ Mr Calder would do well to research *why* his comments caused such a backlash rather than flouncing off in a huff. After all, isn't the purpose of travel to understand the communities you are visiting? Or are travel experts now merely observers of the quaintly different? /8
8/ I live in a tourist area. There have been hoards of tourists wandering around with no masks, where cafes have decided to put seating in the street so we "locals" have to walk between the unmasked tourists sitting in the gutter & the caff so we can go about our business./9
9/ Of course we need the tourist business. But the cost has been schools closing, local lockdown and the threat to our hospital services which were stretched to the limit last time. That is a fine balance. But is it really too much to ask any travel expert, especially one /10
10/ living safely and responsibly in London to google or pick up a paper and do some very basic research to learn that Westminster's appalling handling of this crisis has led to a significant increase in support for #Annibyniaeth, or independence, as you would say in English./11
11/ And therefore parroting the PM's view that anyone can travel to Wales whenever they want despite lockdown, is like the proverbial red rag to a bull. Relying purely on a press release from @visitwales to form your views is shabby and lazy. /12
So, Mr Calder, that's how it is. Wales is not afraid of your threats. You are seen for what you are. An enabler of Johnson's power grab. But when the pandemic is over, if you want to come to Wales again, you'll be welcome. But don't forget your passport. #Annibyniaeth #YesCymru🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

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