Tit-bits, shysters, liars and tits

PLEASE APPRECIATE THAT I GET SENT MORE INFORMATION AND LEADS THAN I CAN USE. I TRY TO RESPOND TO EVERYONE WHO CONTACTS ME BUT I CANNOT POSSIBLY USE EVERY BIT OF INFORMATION I’M SENT. DIOLCH YN FAWR

Here are the updates and the like that I mentioned in the introduction to my previous post on Dawnus, and that I would have given you earlier had it not been for fresh news on Dawnus.

It’s quite a bundle, almost 4,000 words, but broken up for you – as advertisements for pet food are wont to say – into bite-sized chunks. Enjoy!

COLEG HARLECH

Forgive me if I get a little nostalgic, perhaps emotional, but I spent two years at Coleg Harlech, two wonderful years; I even managed to fit in the odd lecture. But a lot of time was spent in the Castle Hotel, or the Queens, or the Red Lion, or the St. David’s, where I sank many a ‘sundowner’ while enjoying the view of the golf course and the sea. (Though I detest golf and golfists.)

Yes, many’s the night I spent in the Dai’s getting legless with Dafydd El, holding him back from some impulsive patriotic act that might have jeopardised his career. As Mary Hopkin sang, those were the days. Not that I personally wanted to spend every waking hour in licensed premises, you understand, but I fell in with bad company.

Of course, the pubs were shut on Sunday back then but that’s when we – usually me and Dai Williams, ‘the Beast of Bedwas’, best man at my wedding – used to have some of our most memorable sessions, up in the Castle Hotel run by Ron Hopkins, originally from Aberdâr.

Coleg Harlech showing offices and auditorium. Image courtesy of Daily Post Wales. Click to enlarge

I recall  being in the Castle just before the final Sunday Opening vote. Hopkins of course was in favour of opening, and he was arguing with a very left-wing lecturer from the Coleg, an Englishman who intended voting to keep the pubs shut because he believed – correctly – that’s what most locals wanted.

Now Ron had had a few pints that night down the Ship Aground in Talsarnau (another of Ron’s wife’s family’s pubs), and he’d rolled into the Castle well lubricated. Then the argument started. Because this lecturer was a ‘communist’ and in favour of Sunday closing Ron had somehow linked the two to persuade himself that keeping pubs shut on Sunday was a communist conspiracy.

I just leaned on the bar marvelling. Imagining the grizzled old men of the Politburo in Moscow sitting down and saying, ‘Now then, Comrades, the next step in destabilising the West is keeping the pubs shut on Sunday in Merioneth’.

It was one of those insane discussions that take place in Welsh pubs when those participating are opinionated drunks. (I speak as an observer, you understand.)

God bless you, Ron. God bless you, Dai. Thanks for the memories.

Not far from what was the Castle Hotel we encounter the St David’s Hotel, which has lain empty for over a decade. It’s owned by a company based in Gibraltar that probably had no intention of renovating the place, unless someone else was paying. Even then, perhaps, it wouldn’t have been restored, for who knows – like so many such properties in Wales – maybe it was making money just by standing empty.

Now it might be demolished at public expense!

A photo I took of the St David’s Hotel, Harlech in January 2011, click to enlarge

The hotel is just up the road from the Coleg, which also fell on hard times, was then closed, and finally put up for sale. Now we learn that the Coleg has also been sold, though to someone based rather nearer to Harlech than Gibraltar.

According to the Cambrian News new owner Leslie Banks Irvine is still “gathering his thoughts” after buying the Coleg itself, Theatr Ardudwy and ancillary buildings. So he’s bought the whole shooting-match but we’re expected to believe he has no idea what he’s going to do with it?

Is he fibbing, or is he one of those wealthy men who buys things on impulse then figures out what to do with them?

Anyway, off I went a-digging. Irvine, or Banks-Irvine, had a company called Anglo-Euro Trade Ltd, originally based in southern England that moved to Talybont (near Bermo), in April 2004, presumably when the man himself moved. It’s stated business, ‘Distilling, rectifying and blending of spirits’. (Not more bloody ‘craft gin’?)

I’m using the past tense because Anglo-Euro Trade Ltd was dissolved in May 2017. From the accounts I’ve looked at it never made enough in any one year to pay for the cat food. But there you go, maybe he didn’t have a cat.

Though a new company was launched 28 January. Apart from the authoritative tones of the man himself the only other voice we hear in the cavernous boardroom of LBI (Wern Fawr) Ltd is that of Tessa Jane Beverly.

The company’s business is, ‘Development of building projects’. Which would suggest that LBI has been set up to carry through whatever plans the eponymous Leslie Banks Irvine has for my alma mater.

And what might those plans be?

Well . . . something I turned up on the Cyngor Gwynedd planning portal might give a clue. Last year Leslie Banks Irvine applied for a change of use for Fairbourne church hall. The application said he wanted to use it to store his – or someone’s – ‘collection of classic motor cars’. The application was refused.

Has this plan now moved up the coast to Harlech?

Of course I have no way of knowing what the plans are for the Coleg, the auditorium and the other buildings, but if I lived in or near Harlech I would be asking Leslie Banks Irvine, and not accepting ‘dunno’ for an answer.

But wherever we live in Wales we should be concerned that another historic and iconic site has been sold off by a public body, to a virtual stranger, probably at a knock-down price, and for an undisclosed purpose.

And there’s a good chance he’s hoping for public funding.

SAVING THE PLANET BY EXPLOITING WALES

Talking of knock-down prices, how about fives acres for £1? Yes, that is five acres of good Welsh land for just 100 pence. For that’s the deal done by the self-styled ‘Welsh Government’ for Parc Teifi in Cardigan with a bunch of eco-shysters environmentalists.

The leader of this lucky band, one Alpay Torgut, believes the deal was done because, “The Welsh Government was impressed with our work and achievements over the last ten years, in creating and successfully running our previous community forest garden and the Cardigan Eco shop”.

The previous ‘community forest gardens’ were in England and Llandudoch. For it should go without saying that Alpay Torgut is not from aroun’ by ‘ere. He is another who has realised that everything is greener on this side of the Dyke, especially the politicians and the funders.

He mentions the Cardigan Eco Shop “which has been going for nine years now”. Maybe, but the company Naturewise Eco Shop CIC was only Incorporated in January this year, and probably only done to enable Alpay and his gang to qualify for the goodies. Just more box-ticking.

Parc Teifi, image courtesy of Western Telegraph, click to enlarge

Upon seeing the photo above I mumbled the appropriate incantations and an apparition appeared, who spake in this wise: “Jac!”, it intoned, “Jac!” (repeating itself), “I have the gift of seeing into the future, mush, and I tell you now, this will soon be a commune. And lo! retrospective planning permission will be granted, and many shekels will be shoved the way of these con artists. Mark my words, son!”

And then, with a drawn out wail, the apparition departed.

The commune foretold – and other examples of encouraged colonisation – will be justified by England’s management team in Cardiff docks as ‘reducing Wales’s carbon footprint’.

I’m still waiting for an explanation as to how we reduce our carbon footprint by, a) encouraging people to move into Wales and then, b) letting them exploit land that had previously been causing Mother Earth no problems whatsoever.

UPDATE 17.04.2019: I have now written to the so-called ‘Welsh Government’ asking for my five acres.

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Another bunch of such arrivals hoping to milk the system are to be found in the Clever Green Hub Penarth, an offshoot of the Clever Green Group of Brighton. Registered with Companies House as the Clever Green Cardiff Hub Ltd.

The directors of the colonial outpost in Penarth can also be found at The Clever Green Mendip Hub Ltd and The Clever Green Portal Company Ltd. In fact, just looking at the companies linked with one of the leading lights, Simon Paul Egan, throws up a host of them, many using ‘Clever’ in the name. The home base would appear to be Woking in Surrey.

The reason I mention this crew at all is because one of them is boasting that our former First Minister, Labour’s Carwyn Jones, has promised to help them secure a licence to grow hemp (cannabis) and that a big pharmaceutical company may be involved. For not only is it now legal to grow cannabis, but from last November doctors can prescribe cannabis products.

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The word on the street is that there will be no benefit to Wales because the licence will be used to grow pot that will then be transported to England, where it will be processed and where it will provide jobs.

It may even be possible to use the licence in England. Wales and the ever-obliging Carwyn Jones may simply be used to get the necessary authorisation.

If anyone has more information, then please get in touch.

TARDIS IN CYDWELI!

A curious story reaches me from that source of many a strange tale, Cydweli.

You may recall that the town council’s Mynydd-y-Garreg ward saw a by-election in February won by Labour’s Beryl-Ann Williams, an art psychotherapist, our Beryl-Ann. Now there’s another by-election in the same ward and the Labour candidate this time is Arwyn Rhys Williams.

From the form below you’ll see that young Arwyn gives his address as 27 Llys Gwenllian, an unprepossessing property built by Grwp Gwalia, now merged into the Pobl group. (You might remember that it was Gwalia that housed the gang of London paedophiles.)

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Also resident in this property is councillor Philip Thompson, who’s a lawyer, and a QC, yet somehow qualifies for social housing . . . but then, he is Labour, and being a party activist puts you at the top of the waiting list with most housing associations.

Others who have given this as their address in recent years are Siôn Davies, who was Labour candidate for Llangyndeyrn, and Lisa Williams who stood for the party in Trimsaran. I’m told there have been others.

So is this a house of multiple occupation, and if so, is it registered as such? If it’s not a HMO then what’s going on? Could it be that Labour candidates are afraid to tell us where they really live?

Getting back to young Arwyn for a minute, something I found on his Facebook page would not have me queuing outside the polling booth at 7am in the pissing rain to vote for him.

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But then, in fairness to the boy, those attributes could apply to so many Labour politicians. His political future is assured!

UPDATE 17.04.2019: I’m now being told that Arwyn Rhys Williams is the son of Cydweli mayor Philip Thompson. He uses his mother’s name of Williams.

So if he is now living with his dad then Arwyn needs to update his Facebook profile, which locates him either in Swansea or Tenby. Alternatively, if the FB information is true, then maybe he’s just living at the Cydweli address until the election is over.

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It also suggests he’s still in school. He is 18, is he?

SWANSEA COUNCIL

I hope I whetted your appetite in the previous post with my promise of updates on the whereabouts of some of those I’ve written about in the not too distant past.

To set the scene . . . a few years back the Labour Party on Swansea council relied heavily on councillors who were no more than students. They knew nothing about my wonderful city and were just making up the numbers for council leader David ‘Il Duce’ Phillips, another stranger to ‘the ugly lovely town’.

One by one they disappeared. California girl Pearleen Sangha went to Cardiff to work as a regional organiser for ‘Welsh’ Labour. In other words, she left a city she didn’t know in order to ‘organise’ a region she knew even less about.

Then she went home to the States to work for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. She was based in the Carolinas, which might have been as alien to her as Swansea. Perhaps she had some interesting encounters with good ol’ boys drinking whiskey and rye . . . and voting Trump.

After a stint back in her home state, working for Mayor Sam Liccardo of San José, she has now returned to these shores as a fully-fledged ‘political consultant’. All set out here in her Linkedin profile.

Then there was John ‘John Boy’ Bayliss, a native of Eastbourne. I understand John is currently working as a press officer for Home Secretary Sajid Javid and LGBT adviser to the Conservative Party. So it could be that John Boy has deserted the bruvvers.

In the collage below you’ll see John Boy luxuriating in the adoration of his canvassers. They too look as if they’ve been recruited from the university.

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On the left of the collage you’ll see a bizarre shot of Il Duce in mayoral robes at the foot of the Mansion House stairs, with his eyes shut, and his loyal band behind him. Nothing wrong with a shot like that, when it’s the Kennedy clan on a wide and elegant staircase at Hyannisport . . . but not with that gormless crew bunched up fighting for air.

On the great man’s right hand is his consort Sybil Crouch, another Labour councillor who thought Mumbles was a speech impediment until she washed up in Swansea. Interestingly, Crouch worked at the university.

In the trio on the top right we see, on the left, Nick Bradley, loyal West Bromwich Albion supporter who was given the brief of the Liberty Stadium, the Swans’ home, presumably because somebody thought he might know something about football.

Bradley went off to Araby recruiting for some English university and he now divides his time between Dubai and Boston, Massachusetts, working as International Sponsor Director for Shorelight Education.

In the middle we see Mitchell ‘Mitch’ Theaker. Gin connoisseur who also took himself off to the Gulf but has now given it all up for life as a globe-trotter. Though the word is that he hopes to return to Swansea and resume his political career.

The once and future Labour councillor Mitchell ‘Mitch’ Theaker? click to enlarge

On the right we see Rene ‘Rocking Rene’ Kinzett, the only Tory in this gay trio, and at one time the youngest of Swansea’s councillors. I predict with certainty that Rene will not be returning to Swansea . . . after he’s released from prison.

I wrote about ‘Rocking Rene’ back in 2013, and someone, in a comment, reminded me that his brother Richard had been sent down for life after attacking an off-duty copper outside the Uplands Tavern while on a visit to Rene. I then received a message from their father, demanding apologies for all sorts of things. I wrote about it here.

I felt sorry for Kinzett senior back then, and I feel even sorrier for him now with two sons banged up. I just hope he has other children to console him.

DAWNUS 3A

Just a brief update to Dawnus 3.

There’s no question that French arms manufacturer Thales didn’t stay long at the Stradey Business Park in Llangennech. It left soon after the (official) British withdrawal from Afghanistan, maybe before. So why wasn’t Thales’ departure given the same coverage by the ‘Welsh’ media as its arrival, or indeed any coverage?

The building used by Thales was taken over by Hydro Industries Ltd, as shown in one of the photographs below that I was sent by a local. This explains Carwyn Jones’s visits to the USA in 2013 and 2014 promoting Hydro Industries.

The other photo, from the front gate, leaves no one in any doubt that Robert Lovering’s company European Telecom Solutions has moved in.

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(What’s equally clear is that no one cleans the old signage.)

Hydro Industries is ostensibly involved in the harmless and praiseworthy business of bringing clean water to Africa. I suspect it’s involved in rather more than that. And that it wasn’t just the Thales building that it took over.

Hydro replacing Thales explains the sudden attention – and financial input – of the Waterloo Foundation and Diane Marguerite Marie Briere de L’Isle, who is herself French.

Another piece of information that came to light was the recently filed accounts for Dawnus Commercial Management Ltd, one of those mystery companies carrying the Dawnus name with sole director Andrew Kenneth Keay.

I’m still not sure what this company does, or how it links to Dawnus, but profit on turnover of 78% is remarkable. No overheads, depreciation, or debts of any kind. Doesn’t seem to do anything.

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I’m sure we’d all like to have a company like this.

UPDATE 18.04.2019: I am grateful to a Spanish source for telling me that Robert Nigel Lovering has a company in Spain, Costa Blanca Luxury Boat Rentals SL. What with Whiteshell Boat Charters Ltd in Swansea as well Lovering is quite the sailor boy. Both companies are one-man bands with no accounts yet filed.

CLEDDAU BRIDGE HOTEL

The wife and I like to take ourselves off for short breaks exploring this wonderful country of ours. One such trip about three years ago took us to Pembrokeshire and the Cleddau Bridge Hotel, a superb location on the Milford Haven Waterway and ideally located for walking across the bridge to take in the stunning views.

Cleddau Bridge, picture by Toby Driver 2007, courtesy of Coflein, click to enlarge

We were disappointed to learn in December 2017 that the hotel was closing. A few months later came news that the owners were heavily in debt. Next we learnt that the hotel was to be converted into a care home. In May 2018 planning permission was granted.

Then last month the cannon that stood outside was stolen. Some bastard obviously slipped it into his pocket and walked off whistling. Finally, at the end of March, it all catched afire.

But there you go, these things happen . . . and often in the sequence I’ve listed here!

‘COFIWCH DRYWERYN’

One of the big issues on the Welsh Twittersphere over the past few days has been the defacing, then the partial demolition, and finally the rebuilding, of the ‘Cofiwch Dryweryn’ mural on the A487 just north of Llanrhystud.

First, on Thursday night, it was vandalised by someone painting over the message, then on Friday night the wall itself was partially demolished. These incidents being the latest in a series of attacks, presumably by those objecting to the message.

The recent incidents are covered pretty well in this BBC Wales report. (From which I’ve used the image below.)

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Not only has the wall been rebuilt and the message repainted but a petition has been launched to raise £20,000. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve chipped in with my £20 (plus the charge!) but I’m still not sure what exactly I’m contributing towards.

The petition reads,

This Mural is an important landmark in Welsh history which symbolized the hurt and pain that the drowning of the village of Tryweryn caused in the 1960s

After the mural was  desecrated numerous times in the last few years, we want to make sure it’s secure and protected for future generations.

Please donate to our cause!

(The drowned village was actually called Capel Celyn.)

But what does this appeal mean? If it means constantly repainting and rebuilding the memorial (for memorial is what it is) after each act of vandalism, then I shall be very disappointed, because I believe there has to be a permanent solution to ensure no further attacks.

Personally, I wouldn’t object to booby traps, but I suppose some would, so what is to be done? For a start, who owns the land on which the wall stands, and the lay-by in front? Can it be bought? And if so, who would own it on behalf of the nation? It obviously can’t be a single political party or group; ownership and custodianship has to be as broadly based as possible.

But it must also be in Welsh hands, which is why I was appalled to read this suggestion from English Heritage (West) that their mates in The English National Trust be involved.

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Why the hell would we need to involve a middle class BritNat outfit? And seeing as this is a national memorial the decision can’t be left entirely to the local community council either, a group that might be influenced by Cadw.

Responses I’ve seen to the recent attacks hint at a divide long evident in the national movement. I’m referring now to those ready to turn the other cheek and keep rebuilding the wall after every attack; and those who want to bring those responsible to book, and ensure it never happens again.

A divide exposed by Tryweryn itself, when some felt that the correct response was to sing hymns in the streets of Liverpool, while others wanted to blow up the dam.

We are entering dangerous times, with a confused and angry neighbour that might fall under the sway of demagogues and rabble-rousers who have some very ugly masters. Those seeking martyrdom might get their wish, but it won’t help Wales one bit.

UNBRUVVERLY FLINTSHIRE

At the risk of getting a reputation for picking on the Labour Party I conclude with a tale of bruvvers at each others’ throats. This story comes from Flintshire, realm of the late Carl Sargeant.

A name we became familiar with in those dark days was Bernie Attridge, apparently a big (in every sense of the word) mate to Sargeant. In fact, in the aftermath of Sargeant’s death, Attridge got quite emotional at times and made no bones about targeting Carwyn Jones.

But then it seemed that the Sargeant death opened a can of worms. For example, it was suggested that Attridge had hinted that Sargeant could have gone to prison for unspecified crimes. Attridge is alleged to have used the colourful phrase, I bet he’s shitting bricks. And this was alleged to have been said before Sargeant’s sacking and suspension in November 2017.

These rumours were known to the denizens of the Connah’s Quay Labour Club, and officials of the party. From reading what was being reported it was clear there were divisions within the local Labour Party. But of course this had nothing to do with ideology, for the Labour Party in the north east is very much like the Labour Party we know in the south, in that it’s an ideology-free gravy train.

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The main cleavage seemed to be between the council leader, the appropriately named Aaron Shotton, and his deputy, Attridge, plus of course those who took sides. Things seem to have come to a head in the past couple of weeks, first, with Shotton sacking Attridge, and this closely followed by Shotton’s resignation.

It was even suggested that Shotton had chucked it in due to the fear of Attridge supporters taking to the streets. (Flaming torches and pitchforks optional.)

In the BBC report I’ve just linked to, ‘“Cabinet colleague Carolyn Thomas warned earlier that “hatred and animosity” threatened to split the Labour group’.

While this WalesOnline report tells us that the problem goes back to a secret recording made ten years ago of a conversation between Shotton and Attridge that contains ‘expletives’ and ‘defamatory allegations’.

Then last Thursday a piece appeared in the Wasting Mule which seemed to be answered by another piece on Saturday. See what you make of them.

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It’s pretty obvious, even from a distance, that the Labour Party has a very unhappy band of bruvvers in Flintshire. If it comes to all-out war it could get nasty, for the Flintshire Labour Party – and indeed the council – has always contained a number of renowned swordsmen.

What makes it even more awkward for Labour is that Shotton and Attridge both represent the Connah’s Quay Central ward. I bet ward meetings are a bundle of laughs. Happy days!

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45 thoughts on “Tit-bits, shysters, liars and tits

    1. Another question would be, why do election officials accept what they must know is a incorrectly completed form, deliberately incorrect. Isn’t it a criminal offence?

      1. Brychan

        A prospective candidate must deliver or send by post to the returning officer a valid nomination paper. The candidate’s surname, forenames, and residence must be entered including the prefix letter from the current register of electors. Four people are at fault if these details at false.

        (1) Cllr Beryl Ann Williams (Labour) the person nominating the candidate.
        (2) Arwyn Rhys Williams (Labour). The candidate.
        (3) Mark James, appointed returning officer and CEO of the authority presiding.
        (4) Cllr Philip Thompson (Labour) town mayor, and resident at Llys Gwenllian.

        I cannot see how such elevated persons can be prone to an accidental administrative error if such a discrepancy does exist. I suggest clear intent is evident. It would be for the courts to establish if a criminal violation has taken place. Arwyn appears to originate from a parental home in the Swansea area, having recently attended school in Bishopston.

        Perhaps he’s now in sub-let digs at Philip’s (Pobl) property?

  1. Wynne

    I did read about Parc Teifi development in Tivy Side. I shall be keeping a close eye on how this project develops. Five acres for a £1. I assume a “business case” was presented to, and approved by, Welsh Government justifying the sale of the land. The detail contained therein may be interesting. No doubt a benefit v cost appraisal was undertaken. The site is within walking distance from my home.

    1. I’d be grateful if you did keep an eye on it, Wynne, for my apparition was convinced it will become another Lammas or some such.

      And would the ‘Welsh Government’ have sold that land to a young Welsh farmer for £1? No way!

      1. Dafis

        I thought that those WAG types couldn’t understand money lower than 6 figure sums ( no decimal points either ) when it comes to extending Croeso to shysters from other side of the Clawdd. Grant ? handout? oh here we are then, ‘ave this neat little bundle, it’s 100k, it would be beneath us to offer you less.

        1. Neil Singleton

          You are correct Dafis.
          When WAG was planning to disband the WDA in 2004, senior WDA personnel were summoned to a meeting where the top financial bod in WAG gave a talk on how money matters worked within WAG. At the time, WDA had a very good accounting/budgetting softwear system which minimised underspends/overspends and kept financial matters “on track”. The WDA officials were gobsmacked to hear that WAG did not have any computerised systems in place to monitor expenditure. When questioned about this, the WAG official said ” it’s not really a problem because WAG receives £15 Billion a year, so £100 million underspend or overspend either way doesn’t really matter!!!”

      2. Brychan

        In terms of the ‘business case’, the only published accounts show that the associated Eco-Shop had a turnover of a only £4,924 for the whole year.
        http://tinyurl.com/yxfqwgcc
        I cannot see how this provides an economic case to hand over such a large amount of land. Also, most of that income would have been third party produce.

  2. Dafis

    I still think that putting a neat anti personnel device in that wall at about waist height would serve our interests best, somewhere near the “W”. If they can’t Cofio Dryweryn now they sure would after a nasty bout of high velocity fragments !

    1. Obviously I was joking when I mentioned booby traps, but the point I was making was that there must be a permanent solution, and it must start with the ownership of the land.

      1. Dafis

        you have your view …….others will think differently ! I expressed a similar view on Nation.Cymru a couple of days ago and got one “like” – someone somewhere concurs. Might even start a new movement to lobby for protection of patriotic monuments by deployment of “devices”. Get Deryn to do the P.R , how could that fail ?

      2. Brychan

        An anti personnel device is most effectively deployed with a clear intended target or by effective proxy. It can only be countenanced when democracy is suspended or the civil liberties of the Welsh people are significantly diminished. That tactic has been correctly and effectively used elsewhere. In this case, it is quite evident that the damage, was not just some senseless vandalism from a person not knowing the significance of the mural. An ignorant passer by. It was of considerable effort, done with a heavy implement, a sledgehammer, trenching pick or crowbar type implement, and in the early hours. The masonry demolition is a very specific mode of action, with a very limited window of opportunity. Whist Dyfed-Powys Police are actively perusing an investigation, it might be worth, by a process of elimination, them obtaining confirmation from the provost marshal, to confirm that no military personnel were involved who may have been conducting night time training activity on the Cambrian Mountains on the night in question.

    2. Big Gee

      The implementation of electronic surveillance is the answer. It can be arranged with a totally obscure installation of either a miniature WiFi device, or if out of range of a convenient monitor, then all activity around the monument can be triggered by IR detection which is recorded on a memory card. It can be left indefinitely, apart from the occasional battery change, and will record in a loop – similar to the way a dash cam works.

      Not a particularly big deal – you can then decide what you want to do with the culprit(s) when apprehended and handed over to you! Before any responses are posted, that last bit was tongue in cheek!

      1. Dafis

        Come off it Gee, that last bit was the most interesting !! Fresh tar and feathers on the A487. Then a few beers to celebrate up at Cross Inn or similar back country hostelry.

      2. Big Gee

        “Oooh – you ARE awful — but I like you”

        Trip canol nôs i ben Mynydd Bach a gwers nofio mewn hen geulan fawn yng Nghors Pwll yr Ych!

        1. Dafis

          Mae’r hen weunydd mawnog a’r corsydd gwlyb yn lefydd bendigedig i waredu pob math o bethe. Gorwedd nhw ar yr wyneb a ma’ nhw yn suddo’n dawel bach ond rhoi blaen dy droed arnynt. Ac yn fanteisiol o ran “Carbon absorption” hefyd, medde nhw !

  3. Dafis

    Much sympathetic wailing from Establishment types over the destruction of Notre Dame in Paris. Yet these same posturing popinjays stand idly by and let their chums lay waste thousands of acres of the most beautiful areas of Wales while engaging in a highly profitable grant grabbing exercise. The destruction of the old building is sad but there needs to be a heavy intake of perspective. Stuff burns if it contains loads of old wood treated with all sorts of volatiles.

  4. Sian Caiach

    Regarding the Cydweli address in Llys Gwenllian, it could certainly be in breach of electoral law.

    In the case of standing for MP or Am it is often regarded as a positive feature of your campaign to take up a local address, usually courtesy of a fellow party member. Where you actually live is not an issue.You only have to have appropriate citizenship.

    However, unlike elections for MP and AM, county and local community council elections require the candidates to be local, resident within, working within or owning or occupying premises or land within a specific area. Could this particular address be in use to falsify the “local” credentials of people who would not normally qualify to stand in these elections?

    Checking the Carms CC Community Councillor Candidates Guide. the qualifications to be a candidate are to be over 18, a citizen of the UK, EU, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth and either:

    [i] to be a registered local government elector in the area of the community in respect of a qualifying address and provide their electoral number.

    [ii] have, in the whole 12 months preceding his/ her nomination occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the community, providing a description of this land or address.

    [iii]have his or her only place of work during those 12 months in the community providing the address of the place of work and where appropriate, name of employer, or

    [iv] Have resided in the community or within 4.8 km[3 miles] thereof for the whole of the 12 months preceding the day of his or her nomination.

    It could be a Labour councillor candidate hostel at 27 Llys Gwenllian, where candidates can reside for 12 months near enough to Trimsaran to qualify for that Council or for Kidwelly, or Mynyyd y Garreg to qualify there. Probably includes Carway too. If they all have to stay 12 months prior to by elections, there must be a good psychic in the local labour party to predict the start of their tenancies??

    1. Big Gee

      Limbering up nicely for an article on our proposed anti corruption section on the News Portal Siân!

      Julian Assange will have nothing in comparison to our exposures in Wales over the next few months!

      Sharpen your pencil Jac!

    2. Brychan

      Cllr Philip Thompson (Labour) was kicked off Carmarthenshire County Council in 2017 by Plaid Cymru but unfortunately he still sits on Cyngor Tref Cydweli representing Castle Ward, and is currently town mayor. He was previously trustee of Disability UK and director of Disability Rights UK.

      He’s the primary occupant of 27 Llys Gwenllian.

      http://www.kidwelly.gov.uk/assets/files/misc/countycouncilmay2017.pdf

      Philip Thompson was nominated as a candidacy for county council in 2017 by Lois Poynting, who at the time of nomination, was Wales Development Officer for another third sector organisation, namely “Shared Lives Plus”.

      This outfit has been commented on previously on this blog. They are responsible for ‘importing’ individuals who suffer from debilitating medical conditions from Bristol and other parts of England into West Wales. It’s a financially sponsored scheme where housing is provided by existing residents who then qualify for payment of ‘out-of-pocket’ expenses by local authorities. The host is then eligible for carers allowance and the incumbent is provided access to services provided by NHS in Wales and free bus passes etc.

      https://uk.linkedin.com/in/lois-poynting-85b448a0

      Poynting has since moved into permanent employment for Pembrokeshire County council as “Performance Quality Manager” having previously worked for “Chwarae Teg”.

        1. Cydweli

          Arwyn Rhys Williams is also brother to Sion Williams, whose town council seat he is currently contesting – following Sion’s departure to China on a gap year to teach English.

          As a paid up momentum member, it’s obviously a small step from Cydweli Councillor to communist China…

            1. Cydweli

              His political opponent at the by-election is Robert John Parry. Married to Julie Parry (nee Antoniazzi). Cousin to Labour Gower MP Tonia.

          1. Brychan

            Cyd – I think you mean Cllr Siôn Steffan DAVIES who resigned to go to China. He was replaced by the previous by-election. Beryl-Ann Williams got the Labour nod for that.

          2. Brychan

            Here is the (English only) election leaflet promoting Arwyn. It’s being distributed by his mam, even though he claims to be ‘young person living in Kidwelly’ having recently obtained lodgings at 27 Llys Gwenllian, the Labour Party Tardis.

            Posted by Lisa Tamara Williams on Friday, 3 May 2019

            His main election stance is to reopen the Industrial Museum. This is a tourist enterprise with falling visitor footfall making huge losses and now requires £400k to make safe. The wages for the staff were previously being paid for by the county council. Perhaps he’s going to utilise his talents from studying furniture restoration?

        2. Brychan

          It’s therefore likely that Lisa Tamara Williams who was the Labour candidate for the council last council election in the Trimsaran ward is a daughter, and by definition, sister to Arwyn Rhys Williams. Lisa also appeared at the Philip Thompson address at election time.

        1. Brychan

          Bethan May Hindmarch (nee Lloyd) is the person who seconded the nomination. She has a twitter handle of “Sir Bethan The Conscionable”.

          She is a freelance editor, book reviewer and aspiring writer.
          https://bethanmaybooks.wordpress.com/about/
          Don’t think she’s exactly a Labour activist. Probably met Philip Thompson at the “Kidwelly Hub” which does second hand book fairs and arty crafty stuff. This “hub” is used by the Labour Party to groom the community.

  5. David Smith

    Off topic, well, entirely but you’ve made repeated reference to Google Blogger having screwed you over at some point – what happened?

    1. I’m not sure why Google pulled my earlier blog. All I know is that I got a message towards the end of 2012 accusing me of SPAM, which was absolute bollocks. But then, if someone had reported me I assume they would have given that as the reason. Google blocking

      1. David Smith

        Jesus, more than a little harsh. A total wipeout of all published efforts without so much as fair warning that an investigation was underway to allow time for a backup, nor a right of appeal. Twats.

        1. And of course, there’s no dialogue, it’s impossible to discuss anything with them. They give the decision and that’s it.

  6. Dafis

    Away from our cesspit of lying cheating bastards, our friends in SNP seem to be getting diverted into some unnecessary internal conflicts about the trans question, or questions.

    https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/nicola-sturgeon-criticised-in-leaked-conversation-on-trans-rights-1-4908971

    Seems that Nicola has a problem similar to our lot down here. If she’s not careful she’ll have a mob of HMJ thinkalikes facing off against a bunch of LW thinkalikes, about the last thing they need in SNP when the Brexit shit fest is boiling over nicely and exiting the Union gets to look a better option every day even to the undecided.

  7. Dafis

    Greetings fellow thinkers !

    My attention was drawn earlier to the twitter exchange between some “green warrior” J Harrison and numerous natives more than a touch alarmed by the presumptuous postures of the “Rewilding” lobby. This Harrison has either not spent much time living in our countryside or got relocated to a big city at an early age and has ingested an overdose of city fumes that have done serious damage to his mental capacity. He talks about farming eliminating the red squirrel, well it may not have encouraged the species but its biggest enemy was the grey that got shipped in and flourished in most of the U.K !

    That is just a minor symptom of the madness that is running at epidemic proportions among the assorted green ideology variants. Farmers and others making a living in the countyside, in other words family ventures and small businesses, are best suited to serve as custodians of the land and its evolution/ protection. Smart arsed ideologues and big corporations have axes to grind that bear not an ounce of relevance to the realities on the ground. And these 2 extreme polarities have one thing in common – they all want to corner the assets and the cash to the exclusion of all others.

    Well, I say fuck ’em, they can go and re wild Surrey or Sussex and see how tolerant the natives down those parts are when idiots start coming up with their cranky ideas.

    1. If that twat Harrison is unaware of what reduced the red squirrel population then he doesn’t know much about farming or the countryside. But it fits with his wider narrative of blaming Welsh farmers for just about everything – a true disciple of George Monbiot.

  8. Dafis

    Oh, and that bit of graffiti equating Nats with some kind of lame IRA shows the writer’s total disorientation. That is more like the shite that used to be uttered by Labour councillors and M.P’s back in the 60’s and, apart from fear, does indicate an underlying sense of entitlement, a harking back to some golden era where Enger-land “ruled the waves” – 1966, just after the World Cup perhaps ?

  9. Dafis

    That tweet referring to the Epynt Clearances is particularly relevant now we have the possibility of Monbiot’s militia looking to clear thousands of acres to enable rewilding. As most of our vintage will probably know, Epynt was taken by the British Government to enable the Army to train in various aspects of war. It remains in use today some 80 years since an entire community of farmers was forced off their land and relocated. Just as nasty an act of aggression as that perpetrated on Capel Celyn by those rats at Westminster acting for the racist communities of Liverpool. Liverpool finally offered an apology of sorts around 2005. I don’t recall those bastards at Whitehall ever saying a word about Epynt although if they did it would be heavily laced with insincerity.

    This must not be allowed to happen again. Monbiot better watch his manners or he may be called upon to pay a heavy personal price.

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