Expect Carwyn Jones to continue Welsh Labour's political fightback against repeated criticism from UK Government figures at his party's conference in Llandudno today.
The First Minister will become the second senior Labour politician to use the term 'War on Wales' to describe the unprecedented criticism in the UK media and in the House of Commons of Labour's record of running public services here. He's expected to say,
*"Far from a Respect Agenda, we now find ourselves on the frontline in the Tory War on Wales. Day after day we see attack after attack, on the NHS and those who work in it. On our schools, and on our teachers. On the Welsh language, on our economy, on devolution – on Wales itself." *
Conservative members of the Westmisnter coalition government have for a long time drawn attention to the performance of Welsh public services as a way of highlighting what they claim would be the likely effect of a Labour UK Government.
Members of the Shadow Cabinet have sought to ignore those attacks which has led to accusations that Ed Miliband's team have failed to defend their colleagues in Wales. It looks like that's changed now that the level of scrutiny and criticism has reached a new level of intensity in recent months.
Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith first talked of a 'war on Wales' during Welsh Questions in the Commons last week and Carwyn Jones' speech looks set to continue the counter-offensive.
Its aim is to attempt recast the current debate so that the sustained criticism is no longer seen as disinterested scrutiny, but rather as a politically motivated attack and an attack not on Labour, Welsh or otherwise, but on Wales itself.
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