May 122017
 

SCOTLAND

In my previous post I wrote that there is a nasty side to the upsurge in support for the Conservative Party in Scotland. Imagine my surprise, and pleasure, to read Scottish commentators saying roughly the same thing.

This piece by Mike Small on the Bella Caledonia site talks of “British nationalism combining with a brutal lumpen extremism”. Michael Gray on CommonSpace introduces us to some of the uglier Conservative councillors elected in Scotland on May 4: one who called Nicola Sturgeon a “drooling hag”, one who’s obviously been a member of the BNP, one very confused individual who attacked an SNP opponent for being born in King Billy’s homeland, and another who thinks that poor people shouldn’t be allowed to have children. Yes, there are some beauts here!

Obviously such stars will appeal to the single-issue element now being attracted to the Conservative cause by the party playing the BritNat card, but what of those who might prefer a glass of chilled Pinot Grigio to a piss-warm bottle of Bucky? Will the burghers of Morningside and the denizens of the West End march to the beat of the Lambeg drum? Because one problem for the Tories in attracting the Loyalist-Orange-Rangers-BNP-UKIP vote is that such support risks alienating natural Conservative supporters whose world view is not determined by what might have happened near an Irish river in 1690.

WITTMANN RIDES AGAIN! (Courtesy of ‘The Spectator’)

But perhaps the most worrying consideration of all for the Conservatives might be the effect this new support has on those who backed Labour because of what they wanted it to deliver, rather than because it would stop the SNP. Those Labour supporters who care about a decent health service, class sizes and affordable housing, and want to remain part of the EU. Clearly these will not switch to the new tub-thumping ‘Scottish’ Conservatives.

Ideally, these ‘progressive’ Labour voters want a Labour government in London, but with that looking unlikely for perhaps a decade or more, there’ll be a major re-think. Many will conclude that now the Tories have invoked Article 50, are set to impose measures that make Margaret Thatcher look like a social liberal, then independence is the only option to serve their aspirations. And there could be enough of them to swing the next referendum.

So let the Tories rejoice at their growing strength in Scotland while they may, let them gloat over Labour’s demise, but it could all come at a cost – the delivery of Scottish independence. If that happened we’d need to invent a new word to describe a situation for which ‘irony’ was no longer adequate.

LOOKING BACK TO MAY 4

Miscellany

Lost in the Plaid landslide in Cardiff’s Fairwater ward was our old friend ‘John Boy’ Bayliss, former Labour councillor for the Uplands ward in Swansea. Regular readers will be familiar with ‘John Boy’ and, like me, I’m sure, will be wondering where he’s going to turn up next.

Another notable casualty was to found in Wrexham’s Ponciau ward, where Aled Roberts, one-time council leader and former Lib Dem AM, came bottom of the poll in his home ward. While we shouldn’t extrapolate too much from a single result this does not bode well for his party.

Down in Swansea my old mucker Ioan Richard has pissed off his last opponent after 41 years as an elected representative for the semi-rural Mawr ward, north of Morriston. His seat on the council will be filled by Brigette Jane Rowlands, a Conservative. She beat Plaid into second place and Labour into third, with the ‘Other’ candidate coming fourth. Ioan, a good Welshman who – like me – lost faith in Plaid years ago, supported Ms Rowlands because she’s local and hard-working, just like him.

Having mentioned ‘John Boy’ there was an interesting twist in his old ward, where two of the four seats were taken by candidates of the new Uplands Party, which might be a reaction to this area being previously represented in the Labour interest by here-today-and-gone-tomorrow ex-students like . . . well, like ‘John Boy’.

While over in Llansamlet someone else who has appeared on this blog recently, Mo Sykes, got in for Labour, but came last of the four comrades elected. Swept home on a tide of apathy by the ‘donkey vote’.

The Remarkable Rob James

Crossing over to Llanelli, one of the more remarkable results was to be found in the Lliedi ward, where Labour’s Rob James romped home by 20 lengths, cleared the grandstand and kept running. I use that exaggerated analogy because if the Lliedi contest had been a horse race then the stewards might be taking an interest.

Until November or December James was a councillor in Neath – with an appalling attendance record (scroll down) – so few people in the Lliedi ward would have known him. Which suggests that it was the Labour ticket that got him elected . . . in which case, why was his running-mate, a local, ten percentage points behind?

In 2012 there were six candidates and seven last week which, all things being equal, should have reduced the percentage of the vote gained by each candidate this time, which is how it panned out . . . except in the case of newcomer Rob James. In a higher turnout than 2012 it seems that all the extra votes went to James.

Of the previous Labour councillors Janice Williams, a director of the local Polish-Welsh Association, stood down, but hard-working local Bill Thomas was deselected. Which only adds to the suspicion that James is well favoured by persons higher up Labour’s food chain. But even if that’s true, how could it possibly explain this remarkable vote?

He’s obviously done well in Llanelli, but how did Labour in Neath cope without him? I am once again indebted to STaN of the Neath Ferret for bringing us news of Rob James’s old seat of Bryncoch South. You’ll see that with Rob gone the Labour candidates in this two-seat ward came a poor third and fourth to Plaid Cymru.

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Leading me to conclude that either Rob James has magnetism and charisma that have escaped the notice of observers, or there’s some other factor in play of which we are as yet unaware.

Unlawful Election Literature

I have been trying hard to initiate action against those responsible for the vile leaflets distributed prior to the council elections by, among others, Louise Hughes, the ‘Independent’ councillor for Gwynedd’s Llangelynin ward. Catch up with the story here in Dirty, Dirty Politics.

First I contacted the Electoral Commission. On the 8th I received an e-mail from Geraint Rhys Edwards at the EC who wrote, “If you believe an offence has been committed and are prepared to substantiate this complaint through a written allegation, this should be brought to the attention of the police”. So I contacted North Wales Police, who told me it was a matter for Gwynedd Council.

I phoned Gwynedd Council and spoke with Iwan Evans (who I believe works in the legal department), he reaffirmed the Electoral Commission information and gave me the telephone number of DCI Neil Harrison, the Single Point of Contact at NWP. I phoned the number, someone answered and said that Harrison wasn’t there but a message would be passed to him. No contact was made and subsequent calls to Harrison’s number were not answered.

There being no telephone number given on the NWP website I next used the Live Chat service. I was promised a) that I would receive a copy of the exchange by e-mail and b) Neil Harrison would either telephone me or send me an e-mail. I have received no copy and Harrison has made no contact. So on Friday, during my third attempt to get somewhere with Live Chat, I took a screen capture.

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I suspect that North Wales Police know who I am, they know why I’m trying to contact Neil Harrison, and they’re hoping I’ll go away because they don’t want to deal with this case. I shall probably now write to him.

I shall keep you informed as much as I can, for this case is progressing on a number of fronts.

Wrapping Themselves in the Flag

Another old friend, Dennis Morris, ran for Pembrokeshire County Council in Fishguard, and might have won if someone hadn’t spread the rumour that he was a member of Meibion Glyndŵr!

Dennis does sit though on Fishguard town council, and has been fighting for a long time – before he even became a councillor – over which flags should fly on the town hall; the town clerk and others – all outsiders – insist on flying the BritNat flag.

Dennis phoned county hall in Haverfordwest in the hope of clarifying the issue, but was told that the ‘rule’ is that our flag must be accompanied by the other one. He asked to see that rule in writing . . . to be told that it was ‘convention’ . . . and ‘at the chief executive’s discretion’ . . . blah bollocks, blah bollocks.

Dennis would like to see the Ddraig Goch and the flag of St David fly on the town hall of his home town, and so they were once – but for St. David’s Day only. For the rest of the year it’s the situation I’ve explained. In fact, it used to be worse, because until Dennis started making a fuss their flag flew above ours!

Another example of true Welsh sentiment being overwhelmed by the unholy union of settlers and their local allies who don’t deserve to be called Welsh. Do you have to put up with the flag of our colonial masters flying over your community?

LOOKING FORWARD TO JUNE 8

‘Carwyn is our Leader’

Well, no, I’m not really looking forward to June 8, but I can’t ignore it completely. Not least because it’s already looking rather bizarre.

What I mean by that is that ‘Welsh’ Labour has decided to fight a UK general election without mentioning their UK leader Jeremy Corbyn. Yet at Assembly elections this same party mobilises the donkey vote with ‘Send a message to London, keep the Tories out’, in the hope that gullible people will believe it’s a UK rather than a Welsh election and conclude that a vote for a third party will be wasted.

Now there are two schools of thought to explain why ‘Welsh’ Labour promotes Assembly elections as UK elections while treating UK elections as if they are Welsh elections. One says that ‘Welsh’ Labour simply gets confused, while the rival school insists that Labour are lying bastards. After giving the matter a great deal of thought, I have concluded that they’re lying bastards.

As if ignoring your party leader in a general election campaign wasn’t weird enough, there was a piece in today’s Wasting Mule that went for broke. ‘Welsh’ Labour’ rejects the UK manifesto on the grounds that it isn’t really a UK manifesto because “Labour doesn’t stand in Northern Ireland”. Er, no, but it does stand in Wales.

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Semantics aside, who the hell wrote that headline; are we to believe that ‘Welsh’ Labour is detaching itself from reality and the political mainstream to the extent of forming a cult around Carwyn Jones? But, wait, the headline tells us that Labour is ‘reviving’ this cult, so was anyone aware that it had previously existed?

This is worrying. As you read this, deep in the crypt beneath Labour HQ there could be cowled figures, their movements distorted by flickering candles, chanting ‘Carwyn is our leader’ as they raise their sacred daggers over the latest human sacrifice. Maybe a previous sacrifice explains the success of Rob James, cos nothing else can explain it.

And “charisma”, be buggered! Are we talking about the same Carwyn Jones, the tried and tested cure for insomnia? And what’s with all the alliteration? Though if the headline writer wanted a word beginning with ‘c’ then I’m sure most of you reading this could provide one.

Then again, maybe that whole article is a piss-take, because unless ‘Welsh’ Labour breaks away it remains what it’s always been – the local branch of the British Labour Party (not UK because of course Labour doesn’t stand in Northern Ireland). And that’s the truth . . . no matter how much charismatic Carwyn seeks to capitalise on his cult status.

It’s all getting a bit too much, I’m tempted to go to bed until the election is over . . . but I might miss the call from North Wales Police.

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Red Flag
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or there’s some other factor in play of which we are as yet unaware.

I believe it’s more commonly referred to as postal voting. Has the postal element increased per chance?

dafis
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“Carwyn Jones is a cult” says our leading national chip wrapper. Amazing how editorial control, particularly spelling, has become seriously shoddy since the end of grammars schools !.

Pierre Jones
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This idea of a charismatic Carwyn leading his faithful country into the arms of the Labour party is much beloved by the English press, but is not supported by the figures. In the 2015 election Labour actually gained 15 seats in England and lost one in Wales. In the recent council elections Labour lost almost one fifth of their sitting councillors in Wales. In England it was slightly worse, at… Read more »
dafis
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Read this – Death of ‘1.5m oldsters’ could swing second Brexit vote, says Ian McEwan | Politics | The Guardian. Privileged scribbler Ian McEwan banging on about Brexit and how a shift in demographics could produce a different result by 2019. What a supertwat. These clowns also represent a real threat to our futures, just a different kind of threat to that posed by Bannon’s psywarfare ops company which the… Read more »
di-enw
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Increased age was the second best indicator of a voter voting for Brexit in the EU referendum. Generally the older a person is the more likely they are to die, therefore- If there is a vote on Brexit/Brexit conditions it’s reasonable to predict that the result will be closer. The same thing is happening with the support for independence for Scotland. I understand that a similar link between increased age… Read more »
dafis
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where do you get the stats that support the argument that the tendency to be pro-Brexit correlates with increasing age of the voter. As far as I can see it’s just a convenient theory just like the one that says trade unionists always vote Labour and we know that they don’t. In 5 years time you’ll have a new wedge of old codgers and will they go one way or… Read more »
di-enw
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I’m surprised that you missed the coverage of this – https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/brexit-vote-explained-poverty-low-skills-and-lack-opportunities?gclid=CJzB1sS58dMCFUe17QodlkoLgQ “Other things being equal, support for leave was 30 percentage points higher among those with GCSE qualifications or below than it was for people with a degree. In contrast, support for leave was just 10 points higher among those on less than £20,000 per year than it was among those with incomes of more than £60,000 per year, and… Read more »
dafis
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the Rowntree Foundation’s report is very well put together and presents a lot of “detail”. However it is not an analysis of actual voting patterns as (yet) individual votes are not recorded in the U.K, so the way the result is attributed to age groups or socio economic class or any grouping other than geography ( votes counted by constituency & region ) is open to error. You can see… Read more »
dafis
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di-enw
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There will always be margins of error but error is not the only thing you should take into account. Of the research done none of the results contradict the – increased age = more likely to vote Leave effect but rather they support it. You should therefore have more confidence that increasing age as a predictor of voting behavior is a phenomenon that is real.. The media including the Daily… Read more »
Chopper Harley
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Dafis, I Would not focus too much on the actions of Cambridge Analytica, there is a far greater danger to what is left of our democratic process in the form of a company called Wess Digital. Look them up, the main players are well known names with vested interests in seeing their agenda enacted. http://www.prweek.com/article/1174611/campaigners-target-political-parties-ambitious-data-plans Then add a few more names such as Andy Wigmore, Raheem Kassam, Nigel Farage, Arron… Read more »
drsallybaker
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Dafis – this comment might be deviating from the thread, but whenever I see anything published by the JRF – even if I agree with every word of it which I often do – I always remember the info that I was given about the JRF by a senior academic in an English University a few years ago when I told her that I was thinking of applying for funding… Read more »
dafis
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you are confirming my suspicions. Bodies like the Rowntree Foundation, established with noble intentions, have been penetrated by careerists with entirely different goals and objectives. No doubt some of the work is sound and is used for good purposes at the “sharp end” but these macro surveys posing as in depth authoritative research is purely ammo for devious purposes. Very similar to some of the crap trotted out by CA… Read more »
Red Flag
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That doesn’t take into account that life is a conveyor belt and as one oldie drops off the end, a middle ager takes their place, a younger takes theirs etc etc.

There will always be a never-endibg supply of oldies who wil always be more conservative than they were when they were younger.

di-enw
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The point is that these replacement oldies will not as a group be as conservative as the ones they replace, there isn’t evidence to support the idea that they will be. There’s plenty of evidence to support the idea that current oldies have a less conservative attitude to race, gender, religious issues etc. as their grandparents did 50 years ago.

Red Flag
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There’s plenty of evidence. Attlees ’45 victory and the Wilson years in the 60’s (both when Labour was at least as left as Corbyn) didn’t stop Thatcher coming to power but the oldies that voted for her must have voted Attlee & Wilson

di-enw
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We’re talking about older people not being as “conservative” as their grandparents which isn’t the same thing as them voting for the Conservative party. The Conservative party is less “conservative” compared to fifty or a hundred years ago.
As one obvious example the Conservative party is no longer against votes for women!

Nigel Stapley
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How the hell can you have a ‘personality cult’ around someone who is so nondescript that he’d had trouble getting noticed in his own living-room? But then, there are said still to be tribes in the south-west Pacific region who worship Phil The Greek (*), so little should surprise us. (* Slight misnomer – he’s Danish; just as when the Swedes felt that they needed a monarchy, they got a… Read more »
YBarddCwsc
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Jac, do keep us posted with regard to Councillor Louise Hughes.

Hitherto, I’d regarded her as a mild figure of fun, but there is obviously a sinister element to her clowning.

If North Wales Police don’t act, is it possible to take out a private prosecution?

The Earthshaker
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The election and the need for the biggest mandate possible line pushed by the Tories was punctured by ITV’s Political Editor Robert Peston’s interview with David Davis the Brexit Secretary and reading between the lines, talks collapsing and no deal between the EU and UK is now a real possibility, that means farming and manufacturing two of Wales biggest sectors are screwed between lack of customs union and tariffs on… Read more »
daffy2012
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I was listening to Radio Cymru earlier and Dei Tomos was interviewing Emrys Roberts about his new book ‘Ein Stori Ni’. (Translation: Our Story). It sounded like a fascinating brief look at Welsh history. Emrys Roberts was angry about the lack of teaching of Welsh history in our schools. We all know that. He was also surprised at how so many socialists and nationalists are supportive of the European project.… Read more »
M
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The book is also available at all Welsh language bookshops.

di-enw
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Well from what you said about his views on the EU it looks like Emrys Roberts will celebrating Brexit and an end in Cymru to the EU’s programme to kill off individual cultures. “He thought that this super-state would eventually want to kill off individual cultures”. I wonder what evidence he used to predict this. Was it that the EU has 24 official languages, including Irish. want’s each person to… Read more »
Big Gee
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Wakey wakey di-enw, you really should be old enough by now to see through that thin veil of deceitful crap. Emrys Roberts is absolutely right. The EU is specifically designed to melt all individual cultures and identities within it’s borders into one big lump. It’s agenda is to form a ‘region’ within a world government, a fascist, dictatorial empire the likes of which has never before been seen. Have you… Read more »
di-enw
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I interpret the evidence of what the UK and France does to diminish and discourage their minority languages as an indication that both the UK and France are seeking to diminish and discourage their minority languages. I interpret the evidence of what the EU does to maintain and encourage minority languages as an indication that the EU is seeking to maintain and encourage minority languages. You see all this evidence… Read more »
Big Gee
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You need bait to work a trap.

dafis
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Spain ? Its inner turmoils with Catalan, Basque and ,I think, a Galician language/identity remain a big issue. No evidence here that EU is a progressive influence, more a case of ” here’s an idealistic policy statement but you guys go ahead and do as you please “

Big Gee
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Exactly dafis – an ‘idealist policy’ – dust in the eyes.

di-enw
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@ dafis Try telling that to the French government never mind the Front National . The charter would make France provide speakers of regional languages with the legal and institutional means to ensure the survival of their cultural heritage and for example make it possible for parents to have their children study regional languages and have legal documents be published in them. France still hasn’t ratified it and the Front… Read more »
dafis
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as I have said earlier, on numerous occasions, I have an hostility, suspicion, all sorts of negative feelings about these supranational bodies that purport to be there for the greater good. So no conflict for me. As for FN, I have not had occasion to be enthused about it or its leadership. Much like the USA, France has found itself lumbered with a pretty lousy range of choices, and when… Read more »
di-enw
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“So no conflict for me. ”
Only because you either ignore evidence that undermines the basis for your opinion or you interpret the contradictory evidence as being part of some distraction strategy. It’s a textbook example of a closed mind in (in)action..

dafis
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You have settled for the pro EU story being trotted out, may indeed be part of the crowd who think that the EU will save us from something worse, like domination by our big neighbour ! Some hope.
Take a long hard look at yourself and you may find your silly little quip about “closed minds” relates to yourself far better than to others you don’t really know.

di-enw
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We know each other as far as what we write here. We don’t agree about being pro or con the EU, that’s not the issue though. When it comes to forming our overall opinion of the EU the proven EU actions on minority languages should be an issue in the pro EU column for both of us. Issues you put in the con column clearly outweigh this particular pro but… Read more »
sian caiach
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Rather dangerous for dubiously “Welsh” Labour to start building a political and ideological division between them and the UK mother party? Shame its based on the questionable leadership and charisma of Carwyn Jones, but the idea that only by dumping the UK party can “Welsh” Labour prosper must surely be encouraged?. After all, an Independent Wales will doubtless need a number of really Welsh political parties to contest elections etc.… Read more »
daffy2012
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When you want to create a state, one thing is needed and it’s been behind the destruction of the Celtic languages on this island. That one thing is hegemony.

Brychan
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The key to uncovering postal vote fraud is to find the evidence. —- The Labour Party was found guilty of such fraud in Blackburn a few years ago. In this case, the scam worked by Labour activists and candidates using ‘drop houses’. These were properties which were unoccupied or properties which were of multiple occupancy, particularly with foreign nationals who were eligible to vote due to being EU or commonwealth… Read more »
dafis
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somewhat off the main thread of this topic but of interest, more evidence today that Mad Maggie May is completely bonkers. She is reported as being supportive of fox hunting, because “other ways of killing them are cruel” ! The woman knows nothing. Anyone who thinks that a pack of dogs running the fox down and tearing it apart is the least cruel way of culling is as demented as… Read more »
drsallybaker
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I suspect that May supporting fox hunting may get her Brownie points among many of those that she seeks to ingratiate herself to. I think I remember from your previous comments that you came from a farming background Dafis – so did I, but Somerset not Wales. By the time I was in my late teens/early twenties when I used to return to Somerset I noticed that the place was… Read more »
dafis
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The problems experienced in rural Wales are not unique to those areas. The West Country, which you cite, and Cumbria are 2 areas particularly blighted by toff & pseudo toff infestation either buying up land & estates or just moving in part time with second homes in the regions. Add to that the peculiarities that come with excessive reliance on tourism and you get the sort of mess that you… Read more »
Brychan
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I am fed up of the metropolitan elite in another county telling people in rural Wales what they can or cannot do. I am also fed up of English eco-settlers and good lifer retirees descending into rural communities in Wales espousing some kind of moral superiority as if Welsh people are spear-wielding savages. So, to take power and responsibility in our own country I suggest the following logic tree be… Read more »
Big Gee
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Politicians are like that dafis. They often talk like experts on subjects they know next to nothing about. Your bit about May reminds me of a breathtaking ‘U’ turn by Cynog Dafis years ago. He’d been hooting on about banning fox-hunting (probably using material he’d cribbed from his ‘Green’ pals at the time). He vehemently preached against fox-hunting. Enter the fox-hunting fraternity of sleepy Tregaron town. Now they may be… Read more »
JE Lloyd
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I want to see a sovereign and independent Wales in my lifetime. Frankly, I would settle for an independent Wales with a government of the left or right, in or out of the EU, foxhunting or non-foxhunting. Until we have a sovereign state with a government accountable to the people of Wales, all of these other issues seem trivial.

Big Gee
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Wholeheartedly agree JE! On the fox hunting subject – it’s an irrelevance in the context of this political discussion. However I would like it noted that I also wholeheartedly agree with Jac & dafis on the subject. Where foxes are a pest then they have to be controlled – humanely – you don’t need ceremonial clothing, horns to blow, hounds to trespass at will or a snort of alcohol to… Read more »
Brychan
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I too agree with Jac & dafis on the subject, licensed hunts only where there’s an agricultural requirement. The garb, however, is not ceremonial. It’s purely practical. The outfit consists of a high viz jacket, a hard hat, and tight trousers, essential for riding a large horse across open farm/moor land in winter. It could be updated, but somehow, lycra, spandex and a plastic helmet would make you look like… Read more »
dafis
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that link sums it all up – it’s a panto, carnival, circus, call it what you like but anything that needs a horse as a central feature nowadays is highly suspect. Dogs are dead handy for locating and hopefully driving the target to guns whereas the horses do a lot of damage to land, hedgerows, drainage courses as well as carrying folk who appear clueless about simple tasks like closing… Read more »
Red Flag
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Want to know how this election is changing everything? Look to Scotland today. Scottish Labour have suspended the Aberdeen Labour Group of 9 councillors for going into coalition with Tories. So no Labour councillors in Aberdeen. 1. A signed coalition agreement Labour/Tory/Ind was lodged with the council 2. Scottish Labour leadership then said all Labour councillors had until 5pm this evening to pull out of deal with Tories or be… Read more »
Red Flag
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Fromthe perspective of the ‘mass’, there are only three choices in this election here on the mainland. Brexit to go ahead deal or no deal – Tory Brexit to go ahead but not without a deal over the SM – Labour Second Referendum(to attempt to reverse it) Lib Dem/Plaid/SNP. (UKIP are no longer relevant and neverwere in outside England anyway) The electorate at large knows it and is lining up… Read more »
Big Gee
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Well analysed Red Flag, you’re absolutely right. And well put as you say “Everything else is distraction, faff, flannel and bollocks“. Incidentally, on the Aberdeen councillors subject, I now understand that the Labour councillors have been suspended by their party following the deadline, but they then promptly jumped ship and set themselves up as a group calling themselves “Aberdeen Labour” – in effect a regional party of their own making.… Read more »
di-enw
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Wind turbines/farms They’re temporary, they’ll be around a for a lot less time than those Norman castles. Even if some Cymry find them an eyesore the “goodlifers’ etc seem to find them a lot worse. Do they bring down property prices? Are locals then able to buy? The money trail is another matter though. Fox hunting To most people it means toffs on horses . Having a bunch of the… Read more »
Big Gee
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Food for thought. Glad you didn’t call them ‘wind mills’ because that sentimental and idyllic vision certainly doesn’t fit them. I see old Rhodri popped his clogs last night. More food for thought. The British Bullshit Corporation’s gone into overdrive this morning on the Welsh radio channels – flashbacks to the malleable public’s whipped up hysteria, (mostly propagated by the BBC) when we had the Diana fiasco. Look out for… Read more »
Brychan
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The ‘National Newspaper of Wales” has an earlier copy to ink deadline now, as the presses are in Birmingham.

Brychan
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Re – Rhodri Morgan. My Plaid Cymru election placard at the front of my house is now draped with a black ribbon. Can someone tell the Labour households to do likewise? Respect, mun.

daffy2012
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It’s very sad for Rhodri Morgan’s family and close friends that he’s has passed away as it is for other people who die and leave grieving family etc. But was Rhodri that good for Wales? He was very much a Labour man and claimed to be against the ‘Crachach’ who were Welsh speaking I believe in his use of the word. But he conveniently forgot that he was one of… Read more »
drsallybaker
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Daffy2012 – although I was one of the many who appreciated Rhodri Morgan distancing Wales from the excesses of Blair, whilst he was FM I wrote again and again and again to people in authority with evidence of terrible things happening in the north Wales NHS, including criminal activity. I was ignored. Brian Gibbons, the Health Minister appointed on Rhodri’s watch, wrote me a letter saying ‘this correspondence is closed’… Read more »
Chopper Harley
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Just had an election leaflet through my door from Plaid, Nigel Copner will their candidate here in Blaenau Gwent. This creates a very interesting situation considering how close he came to winning here at the Welsh Assembly elections. Considering the level of disillusionment surrounding the Labour party generally and Blaenau Gwent CBC in particular Plaid and Copner have evey chance of taking this seat. It would also appear that our… Read more »
drsallybaker
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Dafis – regarding your prediction re Wales’s Universities. We have already arrived precisely at the situation that you summarise. No critical thinking, no in-depth exploration or reading and in the case of Bangor, the institution that I have good knowledge of, over the last three or four years, they seemed to have systematically promoted the shallowest ‘researchers’, or those that are known to be producing dodgy research – the main… Read more »
JE Lloyd
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Your observations regarding Tory political activity in Scotland are very interesting. We forget how ruthless the British state can be in undermining the national aspirations of the client nations and defending the Union. The Tories would love to take the Scottish Borders constituency to enable the British state to start making the case for partition (as for Ireland 90 years ago). “The United Kingdom of Englandandwales, Southern Scotland and Northern… Read more »
Myfanwy
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Jac, Perhaps not relevant to this thread, but in a recent post you mentioned how you thought Plaid Cymru may have been compromised in the 1970s. This article discusses how a paedophilia promoting, activist called Roger Moody, managed to compromise Gwynfor Evans and consequently, Plaid Cymru, into giving a ‘glowing’ character reference, at Moody’s trial for child abuse. Apparently Gwynfor Evans had been friends with Moody for 10 years, why… Read more »
drsallybaker
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Myfanwy – hope that Jac doesn’t mind me replying to your ‘off the thread’ comment. For the last six months I have been blogging about the serious problems in the mental health services in North Wales – the history of these problems is bound up with the State’s attempts to conceal the paedophile ring that is now known to have caused havoc in north Wales in the 70s, 80s and… Read more »
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