Mark Drakeford lifts the lid on being a First Minister during a Pandemic

2 March 2021

The past year has undoubtedly been challenging for us all, with constant concern for the health and well-being of our families, home schooling and / or adapting to changes in our work situation.

In Wales, we live in hope things will improve at each review of the restrictions.

With so much at stake, have you ever wondered what it feels like to be the person who holds the key to it all?

Or, to be the person responsible for leading our nation through the Covid-19 crisis, guiding us through such uncertain times?

Prif Weinidog mewn Pandemig (First Minister in a Pandemic) reveals all.

The documentary, to be aired on S4C at 9.00 pm on Sunday, provides a behind the scenes look at the life of the man who has our future in his hands, First Minister, Mark Drakeford.

With cameras following him since September 1 2020, this is the first time such access has been granted into his hectic daily life.

But why agree to the idea?

Mark Drakeford says; "We live in such an unusual time, I think it's worth having some sort of record of what's going on within Government.

"There's nothing to hide, so the camera can see whatever the camera wants to see."

By allowing a film crew behind doors that are usually closed, being party to four-country meetings and cabinet discussions may leave some viewers aghast.

Find out more about the rationale for controversial decisions and eavesdrop on discussions that drove substantial actions from the Government, such as the unexpected lock-down before Christmas.

But while there is an opportunity to get to know Mark Drakeford in a more personal capacity, a few difficult questions arise.

What is the First Minister's opinion of other leaders in the United Kingdom? What is the relationship between the four countries really like?

We also find out about the impact his role has on his family, what he likes to do to relax, what kind of boss he is and how he feels about being judged.

"Many people disagree with what we do, but if I reach the end of the day and I can say 'I've done my best', well, I can sleep at night.

"What we've learned over the Coronavirus period is, when Wales does something first, before the other countries, it's difficult because of all the questions; why? Where is the evidence?".

Prif Weinidog mewn Pandemig certainly highlights the pressure Mark Drakeford is under and gives an unprecedented opportunity to know more about some of the decisions that have shaken the country.

This is a career defining period for Mark Drakeford, as he fulfills the job he has dreamed of since he was a child in the 1960s, canvassing for the Labour Party in Carmarthen with his father.

And this is your chance to get to know the man behind the decisions.

Prif Weinidog mewn Pandemig is on Sunday 7 March at 9.00.

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