The Media We Deserve

Time to take a wee break from the Glynllifon Gang before it does my head in. Yes, I know I have referred to them in the past as the ‘Williams-Partridge Gang’ but I’m coming round to the view that Keith Partridge is a minor player in this particular criminal enterprise.

I now have so much information coming in from so many sources, and so much information is already piled up, that were it not for the help I’m receiving from my friends in Mother Russia I really would be struggling.

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The Wasting Mule today ran a piece from the Royal Welsh Show on the continuing row over the labelling of Welsh food produce as British rather than as Welsh. Though whoever wrote the headline obviously doesn’t understand the issue.

Pay attention! it’s not about British food being promoted over Welsh products, it’s about Welsh produce losing its Welsh labelling and being branded as British.

(Here’s a link to the WalesOnline version where the 77th Brigade – CyberWarriors – is out in force.)

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Anyway, the Mule sent reporter Laura Clements to Llanelwedd to write a piece about the issue. Laura Clements who is still studying journalism and normally covers the Rhiwbina and Llanishen areas of Cardiff, where farming and food production is big business. Not.

According to her Twitter profile, when she isn’t studying to be a journalist she’s either running or cycling. Or possibly drinking coffee. But there is no mention of farming or food production, let alone the labelling of food produce, anywhere in her interests or her field of knowledge

Which means that a fitness fanatic student journalist, who normally mooches around the mean streets of Rhiwbina and Llanishen, is sent to cover a politically sensitive story related to food. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, the headline for a start. Though I’m not blaming her for that.

Clements’ report, which I’ve produced above, included interviews with three people. So let’s look at what they had to say, and more importantly, who they are.

Laura Clements sets out her stall with the introduction: “On the ground, producers did not seem as concerned about the banding and wanted to concentrate on selling as much produce as possible”.

HENRIETTA HENS(C)HER

First up to the podium is Henrietta Hens(c)her representing Llanllyr Source Water in Ceredigion, which produces expensive water, and even more expensive mixers by adding a little bit of this and a little bit of that to the water.

Henrietta was reported as saying: “I think it’s a great shame that the word ‘great’ is being twisted for political means”. By whom she thinks it’s being twisted, she didn’t make clear. She continued, “Whether you voted to leave or remain at the EU referendum, we are still one country”.

I think we can guess what she’s suggesting when we learn that Henrietta is a Tory politician who – as Y Cneifiwr told us – believes Carmarthen East is a one-party state because the natives vote for Plaid Cymru.

Though it should be said that Henrietta doesn’t actually work for Llanllyr. No, she has her own company called Simply Welsh Cakes, or maybe it’s less a company and more a crowd-funding exercise. Perhaps it recently emerged from its cocoon as Simply Welsh Restaurant and Farm Shop Ltd.

Seeing as it took wing as recently as April it will be interesting to see how long it flies.

Her Linkedin profile (available here in pdf format) tells us that she also works as a consultant, which explains her presence at Llanelwedd on the Llanllyr stand.

Going further down her Linkedin profile we see some fascinating entries taking us back to Stowe School, one of England’s most prestigious and expensive public schools.

Though one entry absent from the profile is the time she spent as General Manager at Foyles of Glasbury, an establishment which had been known for centuries as the Maesllwch Arms Hotel. The dropping of this ancient name caused widespread anger.

Predictably, the ‘Welsh’ Government – in the manly and toothsome form of Ken ‘Flint Ring’ Skates – gave the name-changing owners a grant of £150,000.

At 1:45 in the video Henrietta talks of the nearby Wye, famous for its trout and salmon. Yet a short time after this video was posted on YouTube the hotel was fined for serving up “ordinary fish” as Wye-caught produce. An obvious example of mis-branding.

I am not for one minute suggesting that Henrietta Hens(c)her was responsible for misleading customers over what fish they were paying for, and where it came from, but she was the general manager at around the time the offence took place. And as I say, ‘Foyles’ is a significant omission from her Linkedin CV.

I don’t want to be too hard on Henrietta, some of the stuff I’ve read suggests there may be hope for her, but then, when the bottle’s empty, she comes across as just another middle class English dilettante with fall-back family money of whom we have too many in Wales. From the harridan at Happy Donkey Hill to the hippies being encouraged to build what they like where they like (and sod planning permission!).

The paragraphs in the Wasting Mule report that follow Ms Hens(c)her’s contribution are a little confused, they were obviously not proof-read, so let us press on.

OUR FLAG IS “A BIT OF A PROBLEM”

Castle Dairies seems to be a genuinely Welsh company, based in Caerffili. However, the product development manager, Marcus Beards, who was representing the company at the Show, thinks there is a problem with the Welsh flag.

The report told us that Castle Dairies has undergone a “major re-branding to try to appeal to a wider UK market”. It would be reasonable to conclude that Beards is the architect of this ‘re-branding’ because he was quoted as saying, “We felt the Welsh flag we used on our packaging was a bit of a problem and restricted sales in England”.

So is he saying English people don’t like seeing our flag, or that when they see it on produce it suggests something inferior? Or does it tell us that Beards is a bigot? Which is it, Marcus?

I don’t know the answer even though I have spoken with him today. I telephoned Castle Dairies at 15:48 and asked for Marcus Beards, I was put through, I gave my name, explained I am a blogger, asked why he felt our flag is “a bit of a problem” – and he put the phone down!

I don’t know who Marcus Beards is, he seems to have no internet presence before today, but the accent wasn’t local and so I’d like to know more about him. Someone out there must know.

And maybe Castle Dairies can explain why they employed someone with such a mindset.

MYSTERY ICE CREAM

The third to voice an opinion was “Brian Bowman, owner of Cowpots ice cream, who hadn’t noticed the Defra branding above him”.

“Mr Bowman laughed at the suggestion that the Welsh brand had been lost”, Laura told us, “we’ve got bigger problems than that to sort out in the world”, he added. An odd thing to say, but obviously Brian Bowman of Cowpots ice cream wasn’t at all worried that his Carmarthenshire-produced ice cream was losing its Welsh identity.

So I went to the Companies House website to find out more about the company and those running it. But there’s nothing there. No Cowpots company and no Brian Bowman listed as a director.

Though there’s a website, and there’s a Facebook page, but neither gives much information about the company, certainly no company number.

But I was able to dig up this article from the Western Telegraph back in 2007 which tells us that Brian Bowman, his wife Mary Louise, and two sons Will and Martyn, moved to Wales in 2005 to Penback or Pen-y-back Farm near Whitland.

Bafflingly, something else I dug up on Linkedin mentioned a ‘Tasha Isaac’ as the ‘owner’ of Cowpots ice cream with William Bowman as her ‘partner’. All very strange.

But then – a breakthrough. I found that there is a 32-year-old Kim Natasha Isaac who is a director of West Wales Bacon Supplies Ltd of Cross Hands, also of dormant company Dragon Fine Foods Ltd. If she’s Tasha Isaac, are they now making bacon-flavoured ice cream?

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If not, what is the connection?

The title document for Penback Farm suggests that the business had money injected in 2014 from both Lloyds Bank and Carmarthenshire County Council.

This article from the Welsh Country website says that Penback Farm received a grant of £74,804 towards the new ice cream parlour and bistro. But a grant is a grant, there’s no repayment, so it can’t account for the charge on the title document. Did Carmarthenshire County Council also make a loan?

And if so, to whom or to what?

Because I’d like to who or what we’re dealing with in Cowpots ice cream. I’d like the registered name of the company, its company number, its directors, who owns it; and how much it or properties associated with it have received from the public purse.

CONCLUSION

This was a deplorable piece of journalism, even by the standards of the Wasting Mule. There was no attempt at balance; all three quoted were ambivalent or hostile to branding Welsh produce as Welsh. It’s almost as if someone selected them in advance to promote a certain viewpoint.

I find it significant that those interviewed at Llanelwedd by Laura Clements had all moved to Wales. They have come here looking for a better life, or to make money, but they don’t really care about Wales. They seem quite content to see Wales assimilated into England. In the case of Marcus ‘flag problem’ Beards he’s actively working towards it.

This is nothing more than crude and objectionable colonialism

But this is what we can expect from now on as the Britishness offensive gains momentum and scoundrels of all political colours prove Dr Johnson right. Today some MPs have even suggested updating the 1351 Treason Act, so look forward to ‘traitors’ like me getting banged up.

Here in Wales the process of Britification is well advanced. We’ve had the Mersey-Dee Alliance, the Flint Ring, Severnside, The Prince of Wales Bridge, etc., etc, so putting union flags on cheese is entirely predictable.

All happening to the background drip-drip of names being changed, our language being ridiculed, our devolution settlement being undermined, our existence as a nation and a country being questioned almost daily.

The choice is simple and unavoidable. Accept assimilation or fight for independence.

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32 thoughts on “The Media We Deserve

  1. Wrexhamian

    Judging by today’s Nation.Cymru article on the same subject, it appears that Scotland has had the same problem with ‘British’ labelling of their flagship products for several years. How the Scottish media have treated the issue I don’t know, but it seems that a lot of people in Scotland are outraged about it. A number of responders to the article suggested that Scotland and Wales should present a united front on the issue.

    Wales needs to strap on a pair and fight this one, and by all means in alliance with producers and politicians north of the border.

    1. I’ve been vaguely aware of the situation in Scotland from Twitter and various blogs, plus of course, The National. That it started up there a few years back would suggest that this Britification strategy is in response to the power of the SNP, and links to the 2014 referendum. But it’s so crass, so obvious, and generates such a negative response that it’s almost self-defeating.

      This kind of strategy might have worked 50 years ago, but with the internet replacing newspapers and television news broadcasts for most people under 45 it can no longer work. Can’t they see that?

    2. CambroUiDunlainge

      Carwyn had a united front with Nicola Sturgeon over Brexit at one point. Cannot trust the majority of Welsh politicians – Labour in Wales may make sounds but they always fold. It feels Westminster is testing the waters to see what kind of resistance there may be and how much they can get away with. Do wonder if the pressure was in part what triggered Plaid’s leadership election though.

  2. Brychan

    An important ‘branding issue’ is what the market, or which market, considers the Union Jack as an attribute. While it’s true that sticking it on a packet of cheap processed crap sold in Asda makes no difference to Kyle and Tracy of Billericay, it certainly doesn’t add any value to the product. In fact it devalues it. The market of ‘posh stores’ of London or even Waitrose across England is characterised by authenticity, traceable, and exclusivity. Essentially, the Welsh flag adds value when a product when it’s sold in England, while the British flag devalues.

    Consider the ‘English’.
    British wine is homogenised shit. English wine is nice, and suggests beautiful vineyards stretching in to the distant slopes of the Sussex Downs.

    Consider the ‘EU’.
    Inside the single market (from which the nations of the British Isles are soon to exit) the EU flag is merely an indication of minimum quality standard. It is Tuscan Ham, Ardennes Pate, Bavarian Beer, or Galician lobster. To stick a French tricolour on a product to be sold in a German supermarket would kill any hope of a sale. Not only that, companies from Wales who already sell into mainland Europe have already built up an identity of quality in that market using the Welsh flag. Removing a positive attribute to the product and replacing it with one of perceived hostility is product suicide.

    Consider the Irish.
    This is a country where HP sauce is branded Yorkshire sauce. How can you sell a core product like meat or cheese in a country where the global company that makes the condiment to go on it decides to remove all ‘Bitishness’ branding to enable a sale?

    This ‘GREAT British’ logo is as good as getting ‘Mr Ratner’ to venture into Welsh food branding. It puts our produce in the bin. Destroys value, restricts market, and reduces gross margin. It has no place at Llanelwedd. Perhaps Laura Clements wishes to do a vox-pop food stall of produce in Rhiwbina and see what sells? She might learn something,

    Here’s a video, or a series, from a Swedish Beer company joint sponsoring food and tourism (as used in the rest of Europe and North America) where the brand decided that even the native language adds value to the product.

    No need to translate.


    Svenska Sommaren.

    It’s the Vorsprung durch Technik approach. Hasn’t Wales got a language that can crystallise a brand and create differentiation in the market. Why does Visit Wales translate it’s narrative to English?

  3. Anon

    Some light reading for you from Welsh Government on this subject:

    https://businesswales.gov.wales/foodanddrink/sites/foodanddrink/files/documents/value_of_welshness.pdf

    Going back a little, we did have a brand identity for quality Welsh food and drink that was substantiated through an awards programme, just like Scotland funnily enough. Guess who was the genius who scrapped it?:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-23342260

    This was, despite the review, never replaced. The Great Taste Awards were adopted by Welsh Government as the standard operated by the Guild of Fine Food.

    Said genius also tweeted about this in the last few days:

    As with his decision with regard to modulation and the raving success that is NRW, he has absolutely no idea on how the True Taste brand was used, by businesses, both within the UK market and overseas.

    The obsession with industry growth and wealth generation has led to a move away from provenance and quality. There are arguments for and against this strategy, but when you look to Scotland and Ireland, they have managed to achieve growth while still maintaining the provenance of Irish and Scottish origin.

    1. Alun Davies is no friend of Welsh farmers. It was he who announced the transfer of CAP funding from Pillar 1 to Pillar 2, which in practice means taking money from Welsh farmers and giving it to “rural development projects” i.e. the con men and oddballs filling up the Welsh countryside.

      Though I have no doubt that there was a considerable input from former AM Jane Davidson who was minister for sustainability and environment until she stepped down in 2011 to become director of the Wales (not Welsh) Institute for Sustainability at TSD Lampeter. From there she issues ‘suggestions’ on how the Welsh countryside can become more accessible to her middle class English friends, whether they be ramblers (freedom to roam), canoeists (freedom to paddle), or colonists.

      From her perspective, Wales is a beautiful country . . . pity about the Welsh.

    2. Wrexhamian

      Speaking of flags, Steven Vale of Caroline’s Viennese Patiserie, Wrecsam, has removed his Union Jack bunting and replaced it with ‘flags of all nations’ — fronted by a big Union Jack. And yes, the flag of Wales is in there, partly hidden behind a St George’s Cross. Probably not deliberate.

    1. Anonymous

      A physical present to represent his intellectual abilities and the complete opposite of his rather overblown ego

  4. Let us not forget……that Russia’s Patriarch Kirill is now aware of Wales.

    God bless the Patriach Kirill! ……Is it time for one of Wales’ political parties to send the Patriach some Welsh cakes to bond ties with the two great nations of Russia and Wales. We could send annually a Christmas hamper from Wales, full of delicious, wholesome Welsh products (with the Welsh flag on them of course) to the Patriach. The people of Wales would like to know how the Welsh corgi puppy is doing! (not much follow up by the Welsh media on this?) Wouldn’t it be great if the Patriach could visit St Davids cathedral one day and bless our beloved country of Wales.

    https://www.rt.com/news/363222-patriarch-kirill-elizabeth-meeting/

    A meeting between the Patriach Kirill and the Supreme Governor of the Church of Wales could be a wonderful scoop for the Welsh media and bolster our cause for independence.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-britain-patriarch/russian-orthodox-patriarch-britains-queen-elizabeth-to-meet-in-london-tass-idUSKCN12D27G

    The Patriarch Kirill blesses the Welsh Corgi…….

    https://www.rbth.com/politics_and_society/2016/10/17/blessed-be-the-dog-patriarch-kirill-receives-corgi-on-trip-to-london_639647

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    1. Wrexhamian

      Stop it, man.

      The issue of food labelling is an important one, and may require WAG legislation to secure correct flagging of Welsh produce which most people agree is equated with quality and taste, not just by Welsh consumers but by those in England. The fiasco at the Royal Welsh may suit a Westminster Government promoting a policy of Brit-Nat homogeneity, but in the process Wales is (deliberately?) denied the opportunity to capitalise on one of its assets, namely farm produce.

      What’s this Russian and his corgi got to do with it?

    2. Dyn o Sir Efrog.

      I can’t believe this person exists! What magic substance is enhancing their existence?

      I love Wales, especially north of Dolgellau. Fel Sais, I came here in 1979, not having a word of Welsh, and was made extremely welcome by all. In my work I became fluent in Welsh, and since retiring I count myself as fully bilingual.I would now defend Wales against all comers. Especially those arrogant folk from across Offas Dyke who regard us (me now included) as a sub-species of humanity. But unfortunately politics is very much the art of the possible. Fringe parties, however noble their aims, are just that, on the fringe. We all have to work within the system that we have no choice over. Jac I didn’t know of your existence until the Glynllifon affair. You are a true patriot and a seeker after truth. I wish there were more like you, with the balls to say what you think.
      Da Iawn I ti, Jac.

  5. Novi Chok

    Xорошего дня, Jac, from a West Wales correspondent.

    You seem to have formed the view that Laura Clements is a capital city dwelling journo student wet behind the ears on agricultural affairs.

    Having read her Western Mail article, you can’t be blamed for jumping to that conclusion.

    So you may be interested to learn that Laura’s a farming girl through and through, and the daughter of Tory Pembrokeshire County Councillor Diane Clements.

    The Clements family is well known in the South of the County farming circles and run a large dairy farm, Broomhill in Martletwy.

    Diane (known as Di) had a big scalp in last year’s council election pummelling the long serving Ward Member (and serving Cabinet Member!) Robert Lewis.

    As their election agent Di Clements is heavily involved with the Conservative Party and has also served as secretary to South Pembs MP Simon Hart.

    The suggestion that Laura Clements could be ignorant to Welsh agricultural affairs, given her agricultural and political background, seems unlikely, вы согласны?

    1. “What’s this Russian and his corgi got to do with it?”….

      It’s about branding and political gifts. Did you know, every St Patrick’s Day since 1952, an Irish Taoiseach, ambassador or other high-ranking minister has presented a bowl of shamrock to the US President at a reception in the White House. It started as a bid to improve Irish-US relations.

      Perhaps Cambria should send a daffodil laden bouquet of flowers to the first lady of the US every St Davids day to improve Welsh-US relations. Perhaps Cambria could send a daffodil laden bouquet of flowers to Matt Barrett the Irish first lady to improve our relations with our “celtic cousins”.

      Germany spends a lot of money on Russian produce….

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nord_Stream

      …….perhaps we could buy some Russian produce and Russia could buy some of ours.

      In an independent Cambria, we could make the best trade deals for the benefit of the people of Cambria.

      We need to break the mentality that Cambria is some kind of plantation that is unable to stop an oppressive enblem being slapped on our produce (a bias-motivated crime).

      We don’t want an Ewythr Tomos for our First Minister…..we need someone to stand up against our oppressive
      masters in Westminster and to forge our way to a prosperous independent Cambria.

      Touching on the subject of bias-motivated crimes and Ewythr Tomos isn’t the term Welsh akin to the derogatory term N****R that seems to be totally unacceptable in todays PC world?

      The word Welsh is actually an Old English word meaning “foreigner; slave”.

      PersonaIly, I would prefer to call Geraint Thomas a Cambrian cyclist.

    2. David Robins

      ‘Welsh’ is a word misunderstood equally on both sides of the border. Its original sense was ‘unfamiliar’ rather than ‘foreigner’. In Old English, ‘foreign’ would be ‘utlandisce’, hence the word ‘outlandish’. ‘Welsh’ is one of a string of related words in the Germanic languages that refer to those peoples of the Roman Empire who spoke either Celtic or Latin languages. Other examples include ‘Walloon’ in Belgium and ‘Wallach’ in Romania. For more on etymology, see: https://www.etymonline.com/word/Welsh

      ‘Welsh’ is the English word for the Cymry. It isn’t an insult, unless you make it one, any more than referring to the Deutsch as Germans and their Netherlandish neighbours as the Dutch. English isn’t always very precise about other peoples but it reflects history as viewed by the English, not those being viewed. The West Indies are still so named because of the common European misconception that the New World was somewhere near India. ‘Cambria’ – very ‘Men of Harlech’ that – certainly isn’t the English for Cymru: it’s the Latin, as ‘Gwalia’ is the Latin for Wales. So what language are the English supposed to use if not their own? And why not their own? No-one from Cymru should ever need to describe THEMSELVES as Welsh but there’s no harm in the English using the word, in a neutral way. Thus: ‘You’d describe me as Welsh, old chap, but back home the word’s Cymro or Cymraes’. It may be complicating things unnecessarily to use a Latin alternative at home: the more productive outcome is to get the Cymraeg words accepted naturally into Wenglish, as part of a push-back against English words.

      Saying that Geraint’s a Cymro opens up all kinds of conversation potential. Including the question of whether a monoglot English-speaker in Cymru qualifies as Welsh according to the original meaning of ‘Welsh’. Cymry then could be the more inclusive term… but don’t get me started on ‘haner Cymro’ or we’ll never stop.

  6. Some good points raised here Jac, on a side note I wonder if ‘Britain’s’ Geraint Thomas will win the Tour de France or maybe Wales’ Geraint Thomas comes second if he doesn’t, branding eh?

    77 Bde – this blog (and others) gets very David Icke tin foil hat-esque when defence matters are raised.

    1. Big Gee

      “gets very David Icke tin foil hat-esque when defence matters are raised”

      Can you clarify that and expand a little on it please Joeysplott?

    2. Brychan

      The last time ‘Britain’ had an entry in the Tour de France was in 1968.

      Teams attributable to countries were introduced to TdF in the 1920s and it was a political gesture as there were participants from parts of the border between Germany and France (Alsace- Lorraine) which were in dispute. After WW2, there were no nations, until the years 1967 and 1968 when ‘national’ teams were introduced in an attempt to gain more commercial sponsorship from outside France. Since 1969, however, multi-national sponsorship has become the norm and no cyclist in the TdF has a ‘national’ team.

      This might come as a surprise to the BBC, in their attempt to stick Union Jacks on Welsh cyclists. Unfortunately, the BBC do not seek to ‘inform or educate’ (as I have done here) they are just a propaganda tool of the Westminster Government funded from compulsory taxation. Geraint Thomas is Welsh by his own personal identity, there is no ‘British’ in TdF.

  7. Big Gee

    NOTICE

    Jac is out of circulation for a short while (more computer problems – he’s overworking it I guess!).

    He’ll be back as soon as his IT problems are sorted. In the meantime talk amongst yourselves until he returns. The blog is working fine, it’s just that Jac himself can’t contribute posts until his PC is discharged from hospital!

  8. Wrexhamian

    We musn’t forget that the two themes of this article are not only Westminster subsuming Welsh (and Scottish and ENGLISH) foodstuffs under this increasingly-meaningless term ‘British’, but also the response of so-called Welsh newspapers to such a policy.

    The ‘Britification’ policy itself, though, is, I admit, worthy of analysis. The fact that they also do it with English food suggests not so much that they equate ‘British’ with ‘English’ but that they wish to promote the idea of there being only one nation — the British ‘nation’ [sic]. Certainly that seems to be a view promoted by the BBC and ITV.

    1. Entirely my fault. There was a major update from Microsoft that went on and on, so I gave up on it and pulled the plug.

  9. The Media We Deserve…..

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/29/pro-russian-journalist-nominated-run-italys-state-broadcaster/

    https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/07/31/italian-government-appoint-populist-head-public-television-network/

    The Media We Don’t Deserve……

    Head of Bias Broadcasting Corporation…….Life Peer in the House of Lords……

    The Right Honourable Lord Hall of Birkenhead.

    PS…..On our way to Cambrian Independence, I hope Welsh Labour’s First Minister will think twice about writing a bill on severly tightening restrictions on anti-government protesters and writing a bill criminalising libel!

  10. Brychan

    Congratulations to Jenny Lee Clarke who was found not guilty of all charges at Cardiff Crown Court today.

    She had been falsely accused of fraud by the homophobic bully, Carolyn Harris, the Shadow Equalities Minister and Labour MP for Swansea East. The accusation was baseless. The reality is, as was explained in court, that the Labour MP has a chaotic approach to her work, and that Jenny was doing her best to manage her constituency office is difficult circumstances. These difficulties included physical attacks and verbal abuse and goading of a person based on sexuality.

    PRIDE in WALES.
    KICK OUT the BIGOTS.
    Carolyn Harris must resign, she beings shame on Swansea.

    1. I think there is an element of revenge here as well, Brychan. The theft allegation came at around the same time – March 2016 – as Jenny Lee Clarke went to the London papers with the story of the assault.

      I’ve been in contact with Jennie and I’m writing up a piece now. She may have a contribution to make.

    2. Stan

      Entirely agree, Brychan. If she had a shred of decency or contrition she must resign. I really look forward to Jac’s piece when published. What further disgusts me are the number of prominent Welsh MPs and AMs who backed Harris to the hilt in her successful Deputy Leadership bid for Welsh Labour, notwithstanding the details of the Jenny Lee Clarke case, alleged assault and homophobic abuse to boot, were fully in the public domain – including full exposure on Jac’s excellent blog. But they backed her nonetheless. They should all examine their consciences too, though I suspect in the manner accustomed they’ll shut up shop and wait for the clamour to die down. Bunch of self-serving, worthless bastards.

    3. Brychan

      Yes. There is an interesting chronology. The false accusation of fraud was motivated by a desire to bully and intimidate. I notice that Carolyn Harris tried to ingratiate herself into the LGBT ‘scene’ after being exposed as a homophobic bully. An issue, which she had no interest in prior to being called out. A form of gay-wash. A subsequent selfie with a drag queen does not stop a bigot, or mitigate workplace bullying. She needs to apologise unreservedly, and standard workplace resolution would be to send her on an equality and diversity course. You cannot ‘suspend’ an MP, so, in this case the only option is to sack her. It will be a measure of how seriously the Labour Party takes the matter on how they deal with this. Also, JLK lives in Gorseinon, and is a constituent of Tonia Antoniazzi who needs to make a statement. Does she defend what Carolyn Harris has been doing? Chwarae teg to Sian James (previous MP) for standing up in court and telling the truth. She specifically warned Carolyn Harris about her behaviour.

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