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Welsh Politician Vaughan Gething Forgets To Mute Mic As He Moans About Colleague In Meeting

Welsh Politician Vaughan Gething Forgets To Mute Mic As He Moans About Colleague In Meeting

Now that we're all under lockdown conditions, getting used to a new sense of 'normal' has presented certain difficulties - as one Welsh politician found out to his cost during a Zoom meeting:

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Vaughan Gething, the health minister for Wales, had a particularly embarrassing slip-up when he forgot to mute himself before deciding to slag off one of his colleagues.

Speaking about another person in the meeting, Jenny Rathbone - Labour member for Cardiff Central - Gething made the agonising mistake of forgetting to mute his mic during a video session of the Welsh Assembly.

Musing out loud, he asked of one of his colleagues: "What the f*** is the matter with her?!"

The reactions of the rest of the people in the meeting are frankly incredible. It may have been unprofessional, but there's no denying it's pretty funny too.

Credit: Twitter/Alain Tolhurst
Credit: Twitter/Alain Tolhurst
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Of course, he then had to apologise, which somehow was even more awkward.

Gething tweeted: "I'm obviously embarrassed about my comments at the end of questions today. I've sent a message apologising and offered to speak to @JennyRathbone if she wishes to do so. It is an unwelcome distraction at a time of unprecedented challenge."

Of course - opposition politicians have seen an opportunity to criticise Gething, with Plaid Cymru calling for his resignation:

Adam Price, leader of the party, said: "The Welsh Health Minister aggressively attacking his own party colleague who was raising legitimate concerns raised by a Welsh Nobel Prize winner shows why he is not the man for this vital job. To maintain public confidence he surely has to go."

Others have said that criticism of a human reaction during a global pandemic is 'short-sighted'.

Either way, he's certainly learned how to use that mute button the hard way.

Featured Image Credit: PA/Zoom/Welsh Assembly

Topics: Funny, politics

Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into PR and then the world of music. After a few years working on festivals and events, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]