Boris Johnson said today that Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie was ‘applying the Vicks inhaler to the bunged-up nostrils of the Welsh Dragon’ after she told him a freeport on Anglesey would breathe fire into the mythical animal’s nostrils.
Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions, Virginia said: “Does the Prime Minister – the Prif Weinidog – agree with me that a freeport on Anglesey would create much needed skilled jobs and investment – protect our precious Welsh language and culture – and breathe fire from the nostrils of the Welsh Dragon?”
Virginia went on to invite the PM to tour the island and to enjoy a panad with her at the Truck Stop Cafe in Holyhead.
In reply the PM said: “She makes an outstanding case as ever and, together with her Welsh Conservative colleagues, she is helping to apply the Vicks inhaler to the bunged-up nostrils of the Welsh Dragon.”
Speaking afterwards Virginia, who wore her Ynys Môn and Alzheimer’s Society pins in the House of Commons for PMQs, added: “The Prime Minister is absolutely right; the Welsh Dragon is not on top form and it needs to see the food of investment and ambition if it is ever to feel well again.
“Sadly, the Labour Welsh government is happy only to nurse the sick patient but never cure it. One treatment would be a freeport in Wales, preferably on Anglesey, but it drags its heels with no progress at all on the process of identifying a site, let alone making a decision.
“While nothing happens, freeports in England have been chosen and will be up and running. I fear that the Liverpool freeport will take trade from Anglesey. We need action from the Welsh government. What a sad state of affairs.”