May 012017
 

BIGOTRY WRIT LARGE

Last Friday I was sent photographs of a leaflet that had been distributed in Trawsfynydd. The accompanying message was that they were handed out by a guy in a Mercedes.

The contents of the leaflet fit a pattern I became familiar with long ago. ‘Plaid Cymru’ or ‘Gwynedd Council’ is attacked but the real target is us, the Welsh people. That’s because having the natives running things really upsets a certain kind of English mindset, it challenges what they believe to be the natural order of things. Such people will not be satisfied until we are fully assimilated and every vestigial memory of our identity is destroyed.

Or maybe, as with Jacques Protic and other swivel-eyed obsessives, the real target is the Welsh language, which they blame for everything from infant mortality rates to potholes, with Plaid Cymru or Gwynedd just collateral damage, along with Labour, for Protic also targets ‘closet nationalists’ like Rhodri Morgan and Carwyn Jones. (A ‘closet’ in which both remained forever secreted.)

For Welsh medium education is also targeted in this leaflet, with defamatory references to an ‘English Not’, ‘language police’, and the suggestion that Welsh words are formed by adding ‘io’ to English words. A kind of Fast Show Channel 9 weather forecast with Poula ‘Skorchio’, but without the humour or any other redeeming features.

This opposition to ‘Gwynedd’/’Plaid Cymru’ can take bizarre forms. Around twenty years ago I recall a notable anti-Welsh campaigner arguing for local government reorganisation so that we might enjoy a council stretching along the Cardigan Bay coast because, it was argued, a coastal community had more in common with another coastal community 70 miles away than with a settlement 10 or 15 miles inland.

To understand the calculation behind this, mentally link Barmouth with Borth rather than with Blaenau Ffestiniog or Bala.

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After putting the leaflet out on social media I received a message on Saturday morning telling me that there were two persons involved, a man and a woman, and they’d been observed in a cafe in Trawsfynydd discussing the council election with other customers, and handing out what looked like the leaflet in question. One of the pair was the Independent councillor for Llangelynin ward, Louise Hughes. It made sense because I’d recently seen her in Tywyn driving a Mercedes.

Her male companion was described as being around 60 years of age, with dark/greying hair but not bald, quite tall, with wrinkles, and “scruffy”. Has anyone seen a man answering this description in the company of Councillor Louise Hughes?

I telephoned Louise Hughes around mid-day on Saturday and she admitted that she’d been in the Trawsfynydd cafe and, yes, she had handed out leaflets, but she became rather evasive on the nature of the leaflets and suggested she was doing it for someone else.

The reason she gave for being in the cafe was that she and her companion were on their way to canvas for Liberal Democrat Councillor Steven Churchman in Dolbenmaen ward, where he is opposed by a Plaid Cymru candidate. I am not suggesting that Churchman has any part in this despicable episode, so I invite Councillor Churchman to comment and make his position clear.

Louise Hughes also stood for Westminster in 2015, when she got 4.8% of the vote. She has stood for the Assembly twice, in 2011 and 2016. The first time was under the Llais Gwynedd banner, when she came in a respectable third, on 15.5% of the vote, but in 2016, standing as an Independent, she was fifth, with just 6.2%. So her star appears to be waning.

One of the names on her nomination paper from 2015 is George M Stevens, which might pass unnoticed until you realise that it’s her pal and political mentor, UKIP-leaning Councillor Mike Stevens. Why he should be so shy about using the name by which everyone knows him is a mystery.

Stevens it was who came up with the barmy scheme to have a local authority that would make Chile look fat. He has come up with many other barmy schemes, such as the cod and crow banner for Tywyn, which he used as an excuse to remove our national flag from Tywyn promenade (in case it frightens the tourists).

When he’s not being an annoying colonialist twat Stevens runs his own printing business in Tywyn, Genesis, which is very useful for someone who feels he has a vital message for the deluded masses unaware of the Plaid Cymru tyranny they live under.

Though I’m not for one minute suggesting that Mike Stevens printed the glossy and otherwise expensive leaflets being handed out by Louise Hughes and her scruffy companion in Trawsfynydd, and their allies in Dolgellau, such as MM and ARE.

What I am saying, and I say this quite clearly, is that this leaflet contravenes electoral and possibly other law, and those who wrote, published and distributed it, could be prosecuted, on the following grounds:

  • It describes itself as “a special Plaid Cymru Election edition”. Obviously it was not produced by Plaid Cymru. The party may care to take this up with the electoral authorities, or the police, or both.
  • It is election material, in that it is designed to influence how people vote on May 4th, yet it carries no imprint other than “Printy McPrintface”. This is definitely illegal, and not remotely funny.
  • Given what this leaflet says about an ‘English Not’ operating in Gwynedd schools and other references to the Welsh language it borders on being a hate crime.

On Thursday we have an election in our ward of Bryncrug-Llanfihangel. Our sitting candidate, local woman Beth Lawton, is being opposed by a Royston Hammond of Llanegryn. The response has been one of confusion because no one seems to know Hammond.

The confusion is partly caused by the fact that he doesn’t live in our ward, for Llanegryn is in Louise Hughes’ Llangelynin ward, so why doesn’t he stand in that ward, which he must know better – if only marginally – than the ward he’s standing for? Louise Hughes is now returned unopposed.

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Well, the word in the local thés dansants is that Hammond and his wife Mercia are very pally with Louise Hughes. So it’s reasonable to assume that a deal has been cut to give Hughes a clear run – and time to distribute the vile leaflets – while Hammond tries to give the gang another councillor in a neighbouring ward.

On his leaflet Hammond says “I have run my own companies”. True, but it may not be the kind of record he should boast about. Here’s the list from the Companies House website. One company he’s recently been involved with was SHS Inns Ltd of Blackburn (latterly, Southampton), which was liquidated last year.

The only company that he’s been involved with that appears to be still standing is H.I.S.&S. Ltd. (Formerly known as Hammond Industrial Services Ltd.) Though Hammond himself resigned as a director 31 December 2015 his wife remains a director. Hammond appears to have been replaced in April 2016 by Susan Salt, who was also involved with them in the ill-fated SHS Inns Ltd.

The figures for H.I.S.&S. Ltd are not good. The balance sheet up to 31 July 2016 shows total assets of -£14,305 against a figure for the previous year of £4,481. There appears to be one (depreciating) asset, possibly a vehicle, which contributes £10,786 to the value of the company, down from £18,114 the previous year. The true picture might be even worse, for these figures are taken from an unaudited return.

APOLOGY: In last year’s Assembly elections I voted for Louise Hughes, partly because I knew that the sitting AM Dafydd Elis Thomas was leaving Plaid Cymru. Now that I better understand her and the company she keeps I assure you it will never happen again. I shall henceforth do my best to atone for my mistake.

BAY OF PLENTY

No, this has got nothing to do with New Zealand, or rugby, or the forthcoming Lions tour. Now read on.

Another curious publication was brought to my attention on Friday, this one being put through letter-boxes in the City of the Blest. It’s available here on a website that does not allow downloading. So I’d catch it while you can, for it may not be up for much longer.

The magazine is called ‘Vision Swansea Bay’, described as an “independent magazine” which “is independently funded and published by an association of local residents and business owners.” The first few pages are innocuous enough, the City Deal, Swansea University, the tidal lagoon, then comes a double-page spread on the council elections – which is all about the Labour Party.

For example, “Think Jeremy Corbyn is a loser? Oh dear, you’ve been brainwashed”.

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Turning to the back cover provides the clue. For here we find a plug for the Aspire Foundation, an organisation for go-getting women. The Aspire Foundation website is registered to a Dawn Lyle, of Swansea, who just happens to be a Labour stalwart.

This is her:

In addition to mentoring young women, she has a company called iCreate Ltd. (There are a few other companies to be found for Dawn Muriel Lyle on the Companies House website.)

Another group with which she’s involved is Swansea Bay Futures Ltd, a company limited by guarantee and packed with local worthies, including academics and of course politicians; among them Meryl Gravell, the soon-to-retire Emissary on Earth for His Omnipotence Mark James; while among the mortals we find Rob Stewart, Labour leader of Swansea council, who we met just now in ‘Vision Swansea Bay’.

In her self-penned bio you will have noticed that, “Dawn is a motivational speaker for girls and school-leavers, and is passionate about raising aspirations and increasing opportunities for young women in Swansea and beyond.” Which presumably means that she goes around schools giving inspirational talks. For this she would need local education authority approval – no problem when Swansea and Neath Port Talbot are Labour controlled and she’s an “active member of the Labour Party”.

And it’s reasonable to assume that she gets paid by her friends in these Labour-run local authorities. Which means that what we have here is just a new slant on Labour cronyism. This woman, who modestly describes herself as “one of Wales leading women entrepreneurs”, might struggle without Labour Party patronage.

But what of those involved with the Swansea Bay project, who represent all political parties and none; how do they feel about the brand being used to promote the Labour Party just a week before a council election? Feedback I’ve already had suggests storm clouds may be gathering.

And who’s paying for it, is it Swansea Bay Futures? Is it the Labour Party? According to the imprint, “VISION is independently published by an association of local residents”! (That word ‘independent[ly]’ again!)

Are we to believe that a group of residents met up, maybe in an Uplands coffee house, and for no better reason than having time on their hands, decided to bring out a magazine; most of which consists of regurgitated ‘news’ available elsewhere, with the only departures being plugs for the Labour Party and a full-page ad for Dawn Lyle’s company?

You can buy that or you can believe my interpretation, which is that Dawn Lyle and Swansea Labour Party have subverted a cross-party or non-party body (and perhaps used its resources), to bring out a crude and obvious plug for a worried Labour Party just ahead of an election. Lay your bets!

If I’m right then this magazine is Labour Party electioneering material with a false or misleading imprint. An offence.

LEE WATERS AM

The Assembly Member for Llanelli has become something of a celebrity in some political circles, partly due to his support for the ‘protesters’ whose knuckles dragging outside Llangennech school have so disturbed the children they claim to be speaking for, and partly because of the widely-held belief that, despite being the AM for Llanelli, the man has never lived in that town.

To my knowledge, no one has ever made a formal complaint, or asked for an investigation into whether Lee Waters might have committed an offence, so I decided to do it myself.

First, I wrote to a couple of departments in the Assembly (the website not making it clear who to contact) and was eventually advised by the office of the Standards Commissioner that I should take my complaint to Paul Callard of Dyfed Powys Police, who “is the single point of contact on election matters”.

I telephoned Mr Callard on Friday. (Busy day, Friday.) He confirmed that any complaint should be addressed to him, and that time was running out, because there is only a year from the date of the election – 5 May 2016 – to make a complaint.

Fundamentally, my complaint hinges on the fact that the nomination paper submitted by a candidate must give the ‘Home Address’. Waters gave as his home address last year 25 New Zealand Street, Llanelli, when all the evidence points to him living in Barry.

It doesn’t help Waters’ case that if you read the list of nominated candidates from last year you will see that two of them knew the law, and complied with it, stating that they did not live in the constituency. Though I guarantee that, like Waters, they stayed in Llanelli at times during the campaign.

My letter was e-mailed to Mr Callard at Dyfed Powys Police this morning. You can read it here.

UPDATE 04.05.2017: After telephoning him at around mid-day yesterday I was told by Mr Callard that I would receive an answer later in the day, and it arrived at around 3:45. According to Mr Callard the year allowed in which to make a complain starts from the date on the ‘Statement of Persons Nominated’, in this case 8th April. So my complaint was too late.

Which would appear to be the end of the matter. But at least I tried, which is more than can be said for anyone else. I won’t make that mistake again.

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daffy2012
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Looking forward to seeing the reply to that letter you sent to DP Police. Good work.

Andrew Redman (@andrewredman11)
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“Right of Centre Nationalist Perspective” Presumably it would be right to presume that you DO preach from a Plaid prospective? MY Councillor AM and MP are all Plaid members and have my full support but I am concerned that should anyone question some of their decisions those people are condemned as being racist etc.and not to be given the time of day. Thankfully we live in a democracy and as… Read more »
dafis
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Andrew The right to question and indeed challenge the decisions and actions of our democratically elected representatives is something to be defended and cherished. However that is a lot different to riding around distributing misleading garbage regarding any area of policy be it education, health or whatever. Slagging off the Welsh Language and its users has become the default position of so many dissenters who have no other means of… Read more »
dafis
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Just noticed Neil Mc’s tweet in your right hand column. My god look at that old boot raising the issue of violence towards women. How does she know ? Sexual assault ? With a face like that she is a safe zone – no man with one working eyeball is going near that pig unless of course he has a highly deviant liking for farm animals.

Gaynor
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For gods sake will you stop you slagging off women in these terms, mae’ n warthys a dyle bod gas gyda chi-

dafis
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I don’t slag off women, I slag off people whose own behaviours make them fair game. See the difference ? or are you so wrapped up in the cloak of a “victim” that you can’t see straight ? Today’s women have as much capacity for downright vicious behaviour as any male, so wake up it’s 2017.

sibrydionmawr
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Yes, of course women can be as nasty as men, as they always have been able to be, and should never be above being called out for such, in appropriate terms. But your language,and the terminology you use here is unacceptably sexist and derogatory towards women. Also, making comments that demean the appearance of another human being are pretty low, and indicative of a rather immature personality. Maybe someone is… Read more »
di-enw
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Target the idea. the behavior, the attitude, the lie. The personal comment you wrote can be used as a great “get out of jail free” card by the person in question or the like minded. Worse your opinion can be used to taint Neil Mc – look at the sort of person that supports him, birds of a feather. Better thing would have been an apology rather than a justification.

dafis
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Apology ? Yes you are quite right although the only offended party who merits one could be Neil McEvoy. So to Neil McEvoy I extend my sincerest apology, if my words or my actions in the past present or future cause you grief, unhappiness or dissatisfaction please feel free to get in touch ( via here perhaps ) and tell me to stop whatever I am doing.

di-enw
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“tell me to stop whatever I am doing.”
Perhaps you should be more proactive and spend the time you’re sat waiting for N Mc to contact you working out what is that you’re doing. Unless you think it’s his job to manage you.

dafis
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one thing for sure I won’t be guided by you. I happily defer to Neil as he has a track record worthy of respect. Big difference. Not him managing but just having access to advise and comment.

As for being proactive, again I can direct my own efforts without any input from you.

di-enw
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Personally I’m not expecting guidance from politicians but I’ll take into consideration any given regardless of the source.

You might like to consider (even though I’m not the boss of you) that although someone might have “access to advise and comment” .to you they might choose not to. Therefore you shouldn’t imagine that a lack of advice or comment implies that they agree with what you write.

Brychan
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It should be noted that it was a Llais Gwynedd county councillor; Gwilym Euros Roberts (Blaenau Ffestiniog) was jailed for four and a half years for a frenzied knife attack on his former wife back in 2013. Isn’t it strange that while Harriet PD (Labour Party) is making untrue smears against Neil McEvoy (see above) about ‘assaulting women’, they are completely silent on convicted frenzied knife attacks against women who… Read more »
drsallybaker
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Jac – thanks for publicising the vacuous garbage spouted by Dawn Lyle. It is now virtually obligatory in certain circles for women to describe themselves exactly as Dawn Lyle does – they are all ‘social entrepreneurs’ who are ‘passionate’ about ‘inspiring’ and ’empowering’ ‘girls and women’. This guff – which frequently emanates from women who have bugger all expertise in anything and have certainly never run a genuine business –… Read more »
drsallybaker
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Forgot to mention something that may be of interest to your readers Jac. That is, the dreadful Hilary Lappin-Scott has recently been exploiting for all it is worth her claim to be interested in supplying Wales with female expertise in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and I understand has been busy organising conferences at Swansea on the basis of this. Lappin-Scott spent a brief time at Bangor University some years… Read more »
Red Flag
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Jac, thought you may enjoy this e-mail from the Greens. And Labour think they’ve got problems. Petra Haig 1 May at 20:00 EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING of the North West Wales Green Party 7.30 Tuesday 16 May, back room, Albion Inn, Conwy The current committee is calling this EGM at a critical time in the life of the NWWGP. The size of the committee has shrunk to a number too small… Read more »
Mabon
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Hey Jac. I have to confess, from what I’ve heard of Louise Hughes, she doesn’t seem to be a very consistent politician. When she was a member of Llais Gwynedd then she seemed to be on the pro-Welsh language side, arguing that the closing of rural schools would be an anglicising force and yet now she seems to be a female version of Jack Protick or whatever his name is.… Read more »
Bondy
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You will thoroughly enjoy checking out Mr. Micheal Theodoulou. Start with Companies House and see the number of companies with which he has been associated – meaning, founded and found funding for from 1993 onwards. Such as this one http://cbsa.org.uk/ Most, if not all, 3rd sector organisations and the inevitable funding from Big, CCC, WG etc etc. A real chancer who has made a living from the public purse for… Read more »
daffy2012
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Dylan J-E is also pushing for this Severn-Side City region where south east Wales will be part of a region dominated by Bristol.

drsallybaker
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I presume that’s because Dylan now works for the University of West of England in Bristol. Or have they kicked him out as well now? If they haven’t they soon will…

dafis
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I think that’s part of his act as a Prof at Univ of West of England ( I presume he’s still there ) Make no mistake this guy gets around and moves in a lot of influential circles. I dare say he has written a lot of interesting stuff especially about picking up ideas and mobilising them into useful commercial propositions, but this entrepreneurship lark is just too much now.… Read more »
drsallybaker
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I took a lot of interest in the dreadful Dylan a few years ago Dafis – as far as I could see he was all spin, with a dose of very serious nastiness which I suspect was the key to his ‘success’. There were some allegations of very serious workplace bullying against him when he worked at Bangor University and at least one of those people didn’t sue because the… Read more »
Big Gee
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Wow! Your Blog has suddenly burst into life Jac! Tut tut boys & girls – weren’t opposite sexes supposed to love one another? After all isn’t that how we’ve managed to reach a population of 7.3 billion! It seems to me that this frigging nonsense of misogyny and misandry is a load of crap that has come to the fore at the exact same time as political correctness. Argue about… Read more »
dafis
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Croeso Gee, bore da. A little bit of skirmishing has occurred with those who prefer to check the spelling rather than the message ! Some of our fellow correspondents need to find the backbone to occasionally get down into the gutter and confront our opponent or our enemy at his/her own level. I appreciate that many of those in regulation grey suits and polished shoes find that level of confrontation… Read more »
di-enw
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Perhaps you two could help me out.
What do I say when a really beautiful woman or a really handsome man argues that Welsh medium education should be scrapped or that Cymru should be split into a Severnside and a Merseyside economic regions or that we should complete the assimilation of Wales into England?
I can’t say – no wonder they have bad ideas just look at their appearance.

dafis
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Try – “listen lovely boy/girl, you may be good looking but you don’t half talk a load of undiluted bollocks” Later if the dialogue is not productive try something very provocative like – “are you a lizard, does that outer shell peel off to reveal a disgusting monster underneath” Some of these beauties ( male and female ) are living proof that you can’t combine good looks with a wealth… Read more »
di-enw
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“Had that lady been a raving beauty I would have drummed up something just to let off the build up of steam.” This is the crux of the matter isn’t it. Letting off steam by targeting someone’s looks or other irrelevancy rather than their behavior is lazy and suggests that letting off steam is more important to you than putting more effort into producing criticism that damns the action that’s… Read more »
dafis
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given how shallow these types of attacks on Neil McE and others are, the best option is to let off a bit of steam and respond in kind otherwise you let it all build up and get to you. Had the attack been about his, or anyone else’s, platform of policies or track record in representation then it would deserve a different class of response. So nothing lazy about it,… Read more »
Big Gee
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Bore da dafis. I agree – although it doesn’t earn you ‘Brownie points’ with the masses. But what the hell, if you don’t fight fire with fire you get burnt. Someone once said to me “you don’t fight a bare knuckle opponent wearing your boxing gloves”! I can see the point of throttling back if you’re a politician hunting votes, but we the ‘guerillas’ are not here to win a… Read more »
di-enw
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@ Big Gee “And don’t get me started on women only selection lists . . . .” Historically women have been excluded or discouraged to the point of effectively excluding them from politics. Women only selection lists are a way of changing this and inevitably some capable men are going to lose out with such a method . You could say that the political sons are paying for the “sins”… Read more »
drsallybaker
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Just a note to di-enw regarding women only selection lists – it is not only capable men who may miss out, capable women do as well, they miss out to their ‘sisters’ with sharper and more unscrupulous elbows. I have seen this phenomenon again and again in situations in which ‘being a woman’ is stated as a desirable criteria eg. job applications in fields where women are under-represented. I have… Read more »
Big Gee
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An excellent post drsallybaker – I’m with you 100% of the way . . . .

di-enw
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@drsallybaker
You’ve pointed out something else that’s significant. It’s a man’s world so it’s not surprising that women who are able or willing to enter it tend to be the ones in it..

drsallybaker
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I think it’s more nuanced and complex than that. At one point it was undoubtedly a man’s world, there was sheer naked bigotry to women who tried to get in (eg. Barbara Castle and the shite that was thrown at her – Margaret Thatcher did of course encounter the same bigotry but used different techniques to make her way, a weird combination of being ‘more of a man’ than the… Read more »
Big Gee
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@di-enw: “Historically women have been excluded or discouraged to the point of effectively excluding them from politics“. True, correct and very wrong. However that is water under the bridge, history, gone, never to be revisited. We are now living in the 21st century (despite Jac’s comment “Big Gee and Dafis are old-fashioned stick-in-the-muds, not ‘with it’ young dudes like us” – a sense of humour to match the sour face… Read more »
drsallybaker
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You’re spot on that the mug shots of those whom you have featured were selected from a male dominated political environment – and of course one of the obvious ways for some (not all I stress) women to advance in that environment was laid bare in the furore that blew up over Lord Rennard of the LibDems some time ago. There was media outrage over Rennards alleged sexual harassment and… Read more »
di-enw
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You’ve said nothing that indicates to me that you’re against closed lists in principle (no comment about Cymry only lists)only those lists that specifically exclude men.

drsallybaker
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I was merely trying to demonstrate the complexity of gender issues – and layers of disadvantage from other factors such as social class… I deliberately refrained from commenting on Cymry only lists, I do not know enough about the arguments involved – but I do seem to know considerably more about gender scholarship and theory than many of the people who feel able to mouth off about this in the… Read more »
Anonymous
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Jacques Protic and other swivel-eyed obsessives.. Any idea what Jacques is up to these days? He seems to have given up on becoming a councillor, and is not contesting the Aethwy Ward elections for the Ynys Mon County Council this year. In 2013, you will recall, he was utterly rejected by the good people of Porthaethwy, Llanfairpwll and Penmynydd, and he finished bottom of the poll with just 177 votes.… Read more »
Stephen John
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Hi Jac. I received my publication of issue 1 of VISION yesterday and I am pretty sure if there is an issue 2 that it wont be until just before another election. A blatant Labour party Publication and as such should be declared as such as part of their election campaign costs. I have just posted some comments on their FB page and after I had posted I scrolled down… Read more »
YBarddCwsc
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Jac. “…handed out by Louise Hughes and her scruffy companion in Trawsfynydd, and their allies in Dolgellau, such as MM and ARE.” I was unable to decode this. Who are MM and ARE? Councillor Louise Hughes does have a certain talent for publicity. She receives endless puff pieces in the locally delivered Sibrydion Cymuned. But, does she believe anything, or have a political vision or viewpoint for Meirionnydd? Her election… Read more »
di-enw
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“but we the ‘guerillas’ are not here to win a popularity contest. ”
I can’t see Cymru getting closer to independence and achieving it by any other way that by winning popularity contests. Do you think there is an alternative way?

dafis
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you seem to have bought into the “give’em bread and circuses school of politics”. Competing to see who can put out the biggest stack of lies and bullshit may appeal to some, but somehow I don’t think it does to you. Our politicians need to pay more attention where the fabrications and manipulations of our opponents are exposed and tackle those who engage in selective reporting of crimes and wrong… Read more »
Big Gee
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A vigorous political class addressing these issues would do away with any need for irritating bastards like me and Gee and we could buzz off and tend to our veg plots or whatever is our main interest.

Funny you should mention that dafis! If you have an interest then check out one of my other sites by clicking HERE

dafis
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Da iawn, dyn y rhandir ! Allotments are good for all sorts of physical and mental health reasons. I don’t have one myself but I live not far from a tract of (relative ) wilderness which gives me, my wife and dogs a place to get away from it all. I have mixed feelings about the place. On the one hand I think more people should visit it as its… Read more »
Big Gee
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Everyone needs a bolt hole to escape to from the maddening world dafis. Mine’s the allotment, where you not only bugger yourself up physically, but more importantly you let your head relax. It’s a must. My allotment is my little world away from everyone and everything – it helps you realise how we should all live in a normal sane world, away from the rigours of this modern and insane… Read more »
Big Gee
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Yes. By intelligent and informed debate, the educating of the masses (through our education system), and the highlighting – at all opportunities – the reality and truth about our situation.. The most important being our education curriculum – the problem is crass ignorance. And you mustn’t tolerate lies, manufactured myths and propaganda. In the mean time we have to stick up for ourselves, lying on your back and prostituting yourself… Read more »
CambroUiDunlainge
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Plaid ignore number 1. But I actually think 1 and 2 would naturally lead to 3 anyway. Connect people with their heritage and culture and they’ll want to learn their language too.

Big Gee
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Absolutely right cambrouidunlainge. That is something I’ve always said and is clearly set out in my essay written in 2002, headed “The Education System in Wales – The Nation’s Blessing or Curse?

di-enw
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@ Jac Cymry only lists can, as I said be part of the solution however without the detail they will mean different things to different people. We must be acknowledge that whatever form they may take and however they might to be applied they have an inherent weakness. It is very easy for those that oppose them to label them as unfair and discriminatory. It is easy for them to… Read more »
Big Gee
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I agree with every word you’ve written there di-enw. Very wise, very sensible, very true. The problem is that we are an abnormal country. We are not viewed as a people who have a country, borders, or a distinct identity of their own that should be respected. That has been the problem since we were defeated (the victor/ vanquished syndrome at it’s worst) and certainly enhanced after the 1536 &… Read more »
Anonymous
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Jac, can’t be arsed logging in, creating a persona etc. Tremendous, worthwhile and informative endeavour you are undertaking, a real stimulus to the discussion of Welsh affairs. I can’t help thinking though that someone’s going to fuck you sooner or later on libel grounds, if not for your own sterling excavations but the comments of your commenters. (I should have asterisked the word f***, mae’n ddrwg gen i.)

Big Gee
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Trouble is if all of us couldn’t be arsed logging in then every comment on here would be labelled ‘Anonymous’. Well I for one won’t be gagged for fear of a ponce in a dark suit trying to shut me up (and they have tried a few times). Free thought and speech are essential to our existence as free humans. So fuck them, and I won’t piss about substituting letters… Read more »
drsallybaker
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I’ve named a few folk in my comments but as I don’t want to be responsible for Jac receiving (any more) solicitor’s letters or having his blog taken down, I’m happy to say that I do take care to word my comments carefully – I report either what I have witnessed myself, what I have documentary evidence of or I make it clear by stating that my information was given… Read more »
Big Gee
Admin
Don’t worry too much about the parasites in dark suits drsallybaker, we’ve dealt with everything they’ve thrown at us in the past. As for closing the blog down – that’s easier said than done. The blog is privately hosted in a data centre in Dallas Texas via SCCambria, and the only way anyone can shut it down (except by international court order) is through SCCambria the company that deals with… Read more »
dafis
Guest
“Brexit could wipe out Welsh farming……” says your tweet column, and cue then for all those purist free marketeers to start lecturing on how these lazy stick in the mud farming folk should embrace competition, marketing blah blah blah. In theory part of that kind of response may be right, but look closer at the reality of the industry. Apart from the very few highly prosperous units much of Welsh… Read more »
Keith Parry
Guest

Happy to say I have been re-elected councillor for Fairwater Cardiff along with Lisa Ford and Neil McEvoy. Defeating Paul Mitchell who made the complaint that led to Neil being before the Ombudsman and your old friend Sketty councillor John Baylis.

Big Gee
Admin

Llongyfarchiadau Keith!

dafis
Guest
Llongyfarchiadau i’ch tri ! Parry, Ford and McEvoy – has a nice ring to it, the Cardiff West front of the process of change seems to be taking shape nicely. If any of you want people to write inoffensive, deeply philospohical stuff then apply on here and I’m sure Jac will connect to a few takers. On the other hand if it’s risky abrasive stuff you looking for, I’m sure… Read more »
Brychan
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Why does the BBC have an article on the election result with the headline “Red Roars In Rhondda” 5th May 1443hrs. When in fact, Plaid Cymru got 18525 votes against Labour’s 16985 votes, and in actual seats Plaid Cymru won 14, Labour 10, Indy 1 in Rhondda ? The incorrect entry on the BBC website also has a photo of the Pontypridd count, originally tweeted by Owen Smith showing their… Read more »
Martin
Guest

My family successfully voted for Plaid Cymru in Porthmadog.

Looks like there’s alot of new, younger Plaid Cymru councillors getting in. Don’t waste time with independents and ‘Llais Gwynedd’ (the voice of nobody but themselves from my experience). With DET also gone it’s onwards and upwards, no more negative influences lurking around complaining.

daffy2012
Guest

Are you going to give your thoughts about the local elections Jac? Quite a few stories there from BBC bias to collapse of Labour.

daffy2012
Guest

Good. Look forward to reading you take on things.

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