Support 100 years of independent journalism.

  1. Science & Tech
22 April 2020

WATCH: Welsh parliament fumes as health secretary impugns colleague on Zoom

Vaughan Gething was overheard swearing about a fellow Labour assembly member.

By Media Mole

What’s the one thing worse than being a health minister during a global pandemic? Being a health minister during an unprecedented deadly pandemic on Zoom, of course!

During a virtual plenary session of the Welsh Assembly on the notoriously gaffe-tastic video-call platform, the Health and Social Services Secretary Vaughan Gething forgot to mute himself as he swore about his Labour colleage, Jenny Rathbone.

“I tell you what,” he was heard saying, as cameras captured the cringing if his fellow assembly members’ horrified faces, “I know Jenny is regularly [inaudible] but right at the end, it’s like what the fuck is the matter with her?”

He continues to rant about Rathbone as the Llywydd (speaker) Elin Jones tells him repeatedly to mute himself. “Can he turn his microphone off, can we ask members [to turn their microphones off], particularly the Health and Social Services minister?”

Watch it in all its terrible glory here:

Sign up for The New Statesman’s newsletters Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. The best of the New Statesman, delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The New Statesman’s weekly environment email on the politics, business and culture of the climate and nature crises - in your inbox every Thursday. A handy, three-minute glance at the week ahead in companies, markets, regulation and investment, landing in your inbox every Monday morning. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A newsletter showcasing the finest writing from the ideas section and the NS archive, covering political ideas, philosophy, criticism and intellectual history - sent every Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.

Hopefully politicians will manage to steer clear of other common Zoom bloopers, such as accidentally revealing to colleagues that you are only suited from the waist up.