May 032018
 

AN OPEN LETTER TO ROBERT MELEN, PHOTOGRAPHER

Robert Melen,

Here is my response to the e-mails received from you, set out in my previous post.

When I received your request on April 19th to remove the image I’d used, I asked myself, ‘Why has it taken him so long to see an image posted on September 30th 2017?

I concluded that the answer lay in the fact that the article from last September and the article current when you contacted me had one thing in common – a Labour politician who appeared in both articles but did not appear on my blog between those dates.

Upon receiving your first e-mail on April 19th I straight away removed your photograph which, let me add, had always shown, ‘Image: Robert Melen’. At no time did I try to present your photograph as my own, nor did I make any profit from the use of your photograph.

I hoped that was the end of the matter, but no, you came back with a threatening letter you had copied, as with the first, from the EPUK website. In this second e-mail you demanded payment of £150.

Before giving you my decision, let me explain where I stand. I believe that western legal systems – once stripped of religious observations, divine right of kings and other nonsense – are predicated upon, among other things, common sense and a belief in natural justice.

Applying these fundamentals to copyright law means that someone is entitled to compensation if an artistic creation of theirs is stolen or used without their permission by another person, or a corporate entity, to pass off as their own, thereby profiting from that deception.

And I agree with that. But the only element that applies here is that I innocently used your image without your permission, for which I apologise. But I remind you that it was removed immediately you requested its removal and it was always clearly attributed to you.

Further, I claim ‘Fair Dealing’ exemption in that your image was used in my reporting of current events. Namely, the re-opening of the refurbished Castle Bingo and gambling emporium in Morriston. Proven by the fact that the image originally appeared in this news story on the WalesOnline website.

I am driven to conclude that your behaviour has nothing to do with outraged copyright and is instead an attack on freedom of expression, and on my right to criticise – even ridicule – the political party (and its representatives) supported by your employer, the South Wales Evening Post.

Which is why I have decided not to submit to your threats. You will not receive the £150 you demand.

Yours

Royston Jones

UPDATE 05.05.2018: Robert Melen has been in touch, we have exchanged a few e-mails, and I’m prepared to accept that this was all a misunderstanding. He seems to be a tidy boy just looking out for his young family. So if anyone has photographic work, Rob Melen‘s your man.

Those who contributed to my fighting fund have been notified and they all want their donations to be used either in support of the Argentine economy or else donated to Ein Gwlad. Requests to which I have willingly acceded.

TRENCHING AND TROUGHING AT FIVE MILE LANE, BARRY

In a recent post, News Round-up 25.04.2018, I told you about a road-widening scheme at Five Mile Lane, Barry, in the Vale of Glamorgan. The road in question being the A4226.

It is alleged that work on this site has gone beyond a simple road widening and in the process has damaged an important archaeological site or sites. You can get more information on the claims from the video below.

I contacted Cadw but received nothing beyond an acknowledgement, and so I assumed that the ‘Welsh’ Government source who replied was answering for Cadw (who were cc’d into the correspondence as ‘CADW Mailbox’). The reply came from a Regional Inspector of Ancient Monuments and Archaeology (South East Wales), but I can’t be sure if this person actually works for Cadw, which is now part of the WG.

Confused? I was. Though perhaps it’s explained with my contact telling me: “Cadw lies within the Economy and Transport section of  Welsh Governments Economy, Skills and Natural Resource Group (ESNR). Our minister is Dafydd Elis Thomas.” Such familiarity! Lord Elis Thomas, surely!

Anyway, our exchange of e-mails continued and this person turned out to be most helpful.

As we knew, the road-widening scheme was ostensibly the responsibility of Vale of Glamorgan council, and I learnt that the council is being advised on archaeological matters by the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust (GGAT), which is monitoring the site.

I was provided with a link to the VoG council website where we learn that the applicant for the required planning permission on the A4226 is, as we might have guessed, the ‘Welsh’ Government. The agents being Parsons Brinckerhoff (since re-badged WSP), which seems to be a US firm with an office in Cardiff.

Click on the Parsons Brinckerhoff Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Report from July 2014 and scroll down to Section 6, Cultural Heritage, for fuller information than is provided in the brief summary below.

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In my earlier post I said that the archaeological work, on the ground, as it were, was being done by Rubicon Heritage Services (UK) Ltd, a subsidiary of Irish company Rubicon Heritage Services. The subsidiary was liquidated in March 2018, so I asked the Regional Inspector where this left the Five Mile Lane project.

I was told, “Rubicon Heritage Services (UK) Ltd was a subsidiary which was liquidated prior to the start of the project and has had no role in the work at Five Mile Lane, Barry. Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd will continue to deliver the project at Five Mile Lane”.

Which fits with the Irish parent company recently opening a branch office in Cardiff, at the Ringside Business Park. I can’t imagine this being done without Rubicon having expectations of future work in Wales.

In response to my asking what was the ‘Welsh’ Government’s and Cadw’s opinion of the work carried out at Five Mile Lane I was answered: “Dr Jonathan Berry (Cadw Senior Inspector of Ancient Monuments and Archaeology) and I visited the excavations on 18th October 2017. We were given a detailed tour around all of the excavation areas exposed at that time and had an opportunity to discuss their interpretation and observe the quality of work. While this was not a formal inspection visit Cadw did not identify any issues of concern.”

October 2017 is long before the work was done that it’s claimed has caused the damage. When I pointed this out I was told: “I have contacted the Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust and obtained reassurances that archaeological work has been undertaken to the standards required by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and according to national legislation for the excavation of burials.” 

This e-mail also referred to “visits by independent curators” so, naturally, I asked who these are, and to whom they answer.

I was told: “The quality of the archaeological works at Five Mile Lane is monitored by two independent consultant archaeologist organisations: Cotswold Archaeology and Black Mountains Archaeology.

Rubicon Heritage, Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust, Cotswold Archaeology and Black Mountain Archaeology are all Registered Organisations of the Charted (sic) Institute for Archaeologists, to whom the organisations are accountable.”

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Now Cotswold Archaeology is a multi-million pound business apparently headquartered in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, whereas Black Mountains Archaeology seems to be a one-man band formed in March last year. On the plus side, BMA is run by a Welshman, perhaps the first we’ve encountered in this saga.

I mention this because few things illustrate a people’s colonial status worse than having its past interpreted by strangers, especially when those strangers are representatives of the country that rules over that people.

I suggest that to understand what has happened at Five Mile Lane we need to consider the wider project, and its political importance. Explained in the Parsons Brinckerhoff document.

The widening of the A4226 is to improve access to St Athan (Aston Martin, etc?) and Cardiff Airport Enterprise Zone. Despite being nominally the responsibility of the Vale of Glamorgan council, because the ‘Welsh’ Government puts up the money it’s the Bay Bubble calling the shots. So I think we can absolve VoG of any culpability.

What’s happening at Five Mile Lane links with the obscene amounts of public money ELPiW continues to pour into Cardiff Airport, and the bribes given to Aston Martin to move to Wales. For obvious reasons nothing must be allowed to interfere with these ‘investments’ and cause political embarrassment to the ‘Welsh’ Government.

What of the other players in this tragedy?

As we’ve seen, Cadw is now a department of the ‘Welsh’ Government, overseen by loyalist-royalist Dafydd Elis Thomas. Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust gets the bulk of its funding from Cadw, so no ripples from that direction. As for Rubicon, which is actually doing the work at Five Mile Lane, it’s not going to bite the hand that feeds it, especially with a new office in Cardiff. Anticipation of further work from the ‘Welsh’ Government also keeps Cotswold Archaeology and Black Mountains Archaeology on board.

Which means that to protect the ‘Welsh’ Government’s image important archaeological sites can be trashed and the graves of our ancestors desecrated.

Par for the course in a corrupt colony run by a bunch of collaborationist shites.

WHY BRECON?

I quite like Brecon, and the wife is very fond of the town, insisting that we stop there if we’re heading south on the A470. But there have been news reports recently and information emerging suggesting that there are some pretty ugly people living thereabouts.

Let’s begin with the well-publicised case of the serving soldier who was convicted of being a member of banned organisation National Action. He was not only based at Sennybridge Camp but he also seems to have settled at Llansilin.

I can’t understand why a Finn serving in the British army would want to settle in Llansilin. Come to that, why did a Finn join the British army? Another mystery is the unnamed civilian defendant described in one report as the National Action ‘regional organiser’ who was jailed for three-and-half years. Why unnamed? Which region?

A further mystery is the weapons found “at two properties in Powys occupied by Vehvilainen” . . . but apparently they had nothing to do with him?

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Moving down the scale of obnoxiousness we come to the Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party. The party leaders are David Bevan, born in Neath, and Jonathon Harrington, born in London but living somewhere in the Beacons.

Their backgrounds are fascinating. Dai served in the British army and was chairman of the Cardiff branch of Ukip until that lot went soft on devolution. Jon’s family moved to a farm in the Beacons when he was eight, and when he grew up he took himself off to South Africa, and Rhodesia, when Smiffy was running things. As the result of a fall on Cader Idris (for some reason spelled ‘Cadir’ in his bio) he is paraplegic.

According to Harrington’s bio, the AWAP is needed in order “to represent the views of the great but silent majority.” This must be the same silent majority that wants to name the Second Seven Crossing the Prince of Wales Bridge.

It would be easy to laugh at these people, very easy, but they stood a full slate of candidates in the 2016 Assembly elections and gained 44,286 regional votes, 4.4% of the total.

Staying in the Brecon area we return to Wales for a United Kingdom.

The W4aUK Facebook page tells us that 70% of the people of Wales believe in CANZUK. While in what I suspect serves as the manifesto we read, “We have multiple admin running the page day and night so please feel free to message us with any queries.”

Or possibly a lone insomniac.

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I must confess, I don’t recall being consulted about CANZUK. Was it restricted to that silent majority we keep hearing about? And has W4aUK thought it through? Because freedom of movement could result in all sorts turning up, demanding entry to this scepter’d isle.

Before you know it it’ll be digeridoo virtuosos on Britain’s Got Talent, big, tattooed buggers demanding to rub noses with you . . . but worst of all, there’ll be nothing to stop thousands of Frenchies moving here from Canada! What’s the point of getting out of the EU if the buggers start coming from the opposite direction?

As we established in Snippets and Updates 19.04.2018 the budding demagogue behind W4aUK is one Adam Jon Brown of Talgarth, or possibly Llanfaes. Not one to let grass grow under his feet, our Adam – or Ladam as he calls himself on his own Facebook page – to judge by the jobs he’s had in his short life.

For after studying History & Archaeology at the University of Wales he spurned oodles of ‘Welsh’ Government funding, and the chance to trash burial sites, in order to serve at the Coracle Fish Bar in Brecon. From where he seems to have moved on, via Harry Ramsden’s, to Kentucky Fried Chicken, rising from team leader to assistant under-manager.

Now he’s an internet merchandising tycoon with Bluebellsgifts Ltd. Where will it all end?

Or perhaps the question is, what has the Brecon area done to deserve Finnish racists, yearners for Rhodesia, and boy wonder BritNats? And how many of them were actually born anywhere near Brecon?

THE BRITNAT LEFT AND ‘THE SHARED EXPERIENCE’

The ‘shared experience’ is one of the most powerful tools in the Unionist armoury because it gives people from different walks of life, different parts of the country, something to bind them together.

The most powerful shared experiences are of course war, especially World War One and World War Two, but even smaller conflicts such as that in the South Atlantic can fill the role. Or more recent adventures in the Middle East. The government sends soldiers and other combatants from every corner of the state, every area loses some young men, the media joins in – bingo! you have a shared experience helping to bind the state together.

Obviously, the WWII generation is nearly gone and the smaller wars don’t generate enough ‘patriotism’. Because while it was virtually impossible to argue against the necessity of going to war in 1939 ‘dodgy dossiers’ and other revelations make recent foreign military adventures easy targets for critics.

And so the state must play the shared experience card in other ways. For example, flooding our television screens  with programmes called ‘Great British Bookshelves’ and ‘Great British Bollocks’ – ‘cos we’re all British, innit!’ The point being that when you have people in Derry, Dundee, Doncaster and Dowlais watching and enjoying the same television programmes then the state’s on a winner.

And in recent years it has been made easier by the state enforcing its control. To the extent that BBC Scotland and BBC Wales have become state propaganda outlets rather than national broadcasters for Scotland and Wales. For while a British shared experience must be promoted it must inevitably be done at the expense of a shared Scottish or Welsh experience.

Royal events inevitably play their role. When Princess Wilhelmina of Troutbridge-on-the-Wold knocks out another sprog all TV programmes must be interrupted with ‘Rejoice! Superior being gives birth to yet another superior being!’

This shameless exploitation of the monarchy is why another Investiture in Caernarfon cannot be ruled out.

Pushing a shared experience is becoming more difficult, hence the increasing desperation evident in the mainstream media. The difficulty being due to fewer people getting their information from newspapers, radio or television. When did you last see a teenager holding a newspaper that he or she wasn’t taking home for parents or grandparents?

The left in Wales has always bought into the shared experience.

Which explains why the Labour Party has always been the British establishment’s secret weapon and bulwark. The party of ‘King, Country, and a 40-hour week (but only if it’s agreeable to you, sir [doffs cap])’. A sell-out party.

In Wales, the fact that the Labour Party was largely built by non-Welsh migrants to the southern coalfield resulted in the party being contemptuous of Welshness, dismissing our ancestors as gibberish-speaking savages, their leaders as bandits, and even arguing that Wales didn’t exist before the Industrial Revolution.

(You can read more in Why I Detest the Labour Party from March 2014.)

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It would be nice to think, after almost two decades of devolution, that the hostility to things Welsh was evaporating from what chooses to call itself the ‘Welsh Labour Party’. But no, it’s still there, and it surfaced again on May Day, with a piece in the Wasting Mule by Nick Thomas-Symonds, the Labour MP for Torfaen.

The lengthy article trotted out the same old bigotry – Wales was nothing before the Industrial Revolution. Which also promotes the shared experience of industrialisation, far preferable to anything uniquely Welsh. Two for the price of one!

The Labour Party has betrayed Welsh people, it has betrayed the working class, and it has betrayed those communities that vote Labour. Which is exactly what it was intended to do. For a prosperous, confident Wales would be a threat to the Union, so Wales must be kept poor, and no one does that better than Labour.

We’ve had Labour on our backs for a century. Regrettably, what helps keep them there is more sincere socialists, and liberals deceiving themselves that the English Labour Party in Wales is ‘progressive’, and so they must align themselves with it against what they are told is the real enemy, in the form of the Conservatives.

Listen to me, and listen good. There is nothing ‘progressive’ about the Labour Party. It is the real enemy. The party attracts members motivated by self-interest and it operates like a Mafia, putting Labour interests above those of Wales, and defending the rackets of its colonial gravy train.

Perhaps what Wales needs at this juncture is a Welsh socialist party, one that concerns itself with Wales and Welsh interests. Because Plaid Cymru has failed in trying to satisfy everyone, and such a party could also attract the more sincere supporters of ELPiW.

For all those who need to be weaned off damaging BritNat socialism and the propaganda of the shared experience then the halfway house of a Welsh socialist party might fit the bill.

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  34 Responses to “Updates 03.05.2018”

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    Check facebook messages please its urgent! More legitamate information can be given. From the reclusive hiding person.

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    I see today that Carolyn Harris MP has used photos from the Daily Mirror on her FACEBOOK including a picture of Megan Markell. I wonder if she has copyright to use these? GOOGLE “Carolyn Harris MP Facebook”. This MP’s Facebook is all about self promotion and Labour Party promotion. Maybe somebody should give The Daily Mirror a call pointing this out and ask if Copyright was infringed for personal benefit.
    As for Jac’s dispute with Rob Melen, I am saying nothing in case it breaches issues of Sub-Judice.

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      Daily Mirror is owned – like the EP – by Trinity Mirror, which supports the Labour Party. So Harris would have no trouble.

      And my spat with Rob Melen is not sub judice. It’s not a murder trial!

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    Any form of court trial is considered to operate under sub-judice rules. Even some Council Committees, like a basic Planning Committee, operates under strict sub-sudice rules, and even breaching that can have serious consequences. I said, see my quote above – “in case it breaches sub-judice rules”. Ignore that, at your peril. Get proper legal advice (for free if possible) and do not listen to barrack room Lawyers like myself, or others, on this Blog.

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    I thought that was a measured and well constructed open letter to Rob Melen. Let’s hope he’ll now reflect on his OTT response to you about his photo and accept that the only likely winners in the longer term will be the lawyers if he carries on.

    I’ve been trying to fathom what could have caused his extreme reaction and tend to agree (I think it was with Brychan from the previous post) that he was seriously pissed about something, or someone was pulling his strings. You have set out reasons for the latter, which could be true. There may well be a connection to Basher of Swansea East. But I did come across this article that referred to another Melen from the Pontardawe area originally, and I wondered if the Jo Melen referred to in it was a relative of Rob’s – could she be a sister? IF that is the case, have you/we said anything on your blog that is detrimental to either judo or the wonderful police force that keeps us safe in Wales? Would this have resulted in him throwing a wobbly? Or could it be related to something closer to the the content of the article I have linked to. Maybe it’s your reference to “dyke shoes”, which is only repeating what was published in the newspapers of the same Trinity Group that puts bread on the plate of Mr Melen?

    https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/national-coming-out-day-im-10230896

    Whatever it is, Jac, good luck with this unwelcome distraction, and you know you have many friends and supporters who will be there to watch your back if things escalate further. Including me!

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      Bloody hell! I’ve had a couple of drinks and it was difficult to follow that report you linked to, difficult to figure out who’s who and what they are.

      Things were much simpler when I was younger; men were men and wore Robert Mitchum trench coats with a half-smoked fag hanging out of the corner of their mouth. Women were women, in stockings and suspenders, made up and smelling sweet.

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        You obviously never went to enough valley rugby clubs then, where many women I met had the half smoked fag hanging out of their mouths, and the men just couldn’t wait to wear the stockings, under the pretence of a fancy dress night. Those were the days. If only I had a time machine.

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          There you go, Stan, Valleys rugby clubs were obviously the harbingers of where we are today. I trust the LGBT community recognises that.

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            Hopefully the alcoholic fuzziness has now worn off Jac. Does it really matter who is who, or indeed what they are? They are just human beings with a slightly different slant on things to most of the rest of us.Different strokes, that’s all. Nothing to worry about.

            Whilst reading that article, I came across a report far more concerning, and perhaps a bit more relevant to what you’ve been discussing above. It’s about some guy’s plan t develop yet another tourisim related theme park:

            https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/striking-new-image-80ft-bronze-14612599

            Whether we need yet another tourism related ‘attraction’ is of course debatable, (will it, for example, offer 24/7/365 employment @ £10 an hour minimum?) and the intention to present the Mabinogi does at least show that it’s a bit different, why oh why does the project relay on yet another effing dragon?

            Whilst I’ve nothing against dragons, isn’t it a bit obvious, not to say a bit lacking in imagination to base yet another development in Wales on a supersized dragon. As a symbol, it’s just a little overused in my humble opinion. We do have others, and I’m sure we could always think up more. Not only is yet another dragon insulting to us, (we Do know what a dragon looks like, so hardly need to be reminded) and it’s also somewhat insulting to the good citizens of Merseyside and the English West Midlands, as even the slowest of them no doubt realise that once they are surrounded by Welsh place names then it’s an odds on bet that they are in Wales. I’d suggest that they too also know that what a dragon is, and also that it’s the national animal of Wales. Plus they probably passed a sign on the road on the way in that had a dragon on it welcoming them. (Though personally I think ‘Croeso i Gymru’ overrated, and needs to be replaced with something like ‘Cnycha Bant!’)

            The situation regarding the treatment of archaeological sires in the VoG seems to me somewhat labyrinthine – perhaps deliberately so. Why isn’t there one statutory body in Wales that has responsibility for things like this, with its own teams of archaeologists and workers to carry out investigations to nationally defined standards? And why, oh why has this work been farmed out to some over the border outfit? There is a sever deficit in the heritage industry in Wales in that it isn’t, and never has been run by Welsh people in the interests of Wales. Most of those who work in this sector seem to be one variety or another of blow in whose interests are best served by toeing the colonialist political line. I’m not saying that this is so in every case, but the overarching intent is to present Wales and its heritage as contributory to a wider British heritage rather than presenting Wales’ heritage as something valid in its own right, without having to be validated as part of something British.

            In terms of the way the archaeological investigation is being run on this road widening scheme, it appears to me the ideal kind of scenario where each agency involved can each blame someone else if/when things go wrong. The Welsh government meanwhile, can point to having crossed all the Ts and dotted all the Is at the procurement stage and thus shift the blame for cultural vandalism onto someone else. Questions need to be asked if indeed Cadw, the body supposedly responsible for the protection of our heritage is actually up to the job. When it was founded in the mid 80s its remit was more as a heritage marketing organisation that has a subsidiary role to care for and maintain our national heritage. Basically, as I’m pretty sure everyone on here knows, Cadw is just another tourism focused agency charged with the exploitation of our heritage through its presentation in a non-threatening way to the thousands of visitors we get from elsewhere other than Wales. It is not an agency primarily charged with presenting Wales’ heritage to its own people – tourists welcome, but they have to accept our interpretations on our historical experiences.

            The number of organisations involved in this one scheme should start bells ringing, as it seems to me to be a deliberate policy. It can’t even be efficient at any level, as common sense would suggest that having one agency doing all the work in house would be both more cost effective and more likely to deliver consistent results than having a plethora of agencies involved for no apparent reason than privatisation and subcontracting gone mad.

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              This suggests you know a lot more than you’re actually saying, despite the length of the comment. Do you have something to divulge?

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                I’m just guessing Jac, based on how it appears to me. It just seemed to me that the plethora of different agencies involved, all of them broadly in the heritage business was a little excessive, to say the least. I wish I did know a lot more, but I don’t.

                I did study the heritage industry in Wales as part of my academic studies, but that was more than 30 years ago, however, not a lot has changed in terms of how our heritage is presented.

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                  Food for thought there Anon – when it comes to forming policies for Ein Gwlad in this field in the future.

                  And later when we are successful in obtaining full sovereign status for Cymru. At that time there will be an almighty shake-up when it comes to forming bodies in-house to work in the interests of our country alone.

                  As sure as God made little green apples these problems won’t be resolved with the set-up that our country has at present, whilst it’s ultimately ruled by London based parties with regional branches on our colonised soil.

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    You ask about Vehvilainen a Finn being a soldier in the British Army. To serve in the British Army you must be a British Citizen.

    There are only three ‘special’ exceptions.

    (a) a commonwealth subject who gains citizen status on signing up,
    (b) the special arrangement with the Irish Republic since 1921, and
    (c) a citizen of Nepal since 1947, (Gurkha).

    If Vehvilainen were not a British Citizen, prior to joining, he would have to have resided in the United Kingdom for a period of at least five years, passed the citizenship test to acquire citizen status, then applied to join the army.

    I am told Vehvilainen was detained by the Royal Military Police, taken into custody on MoD estate in Brecon, and then to be subject to a section 69 (often called a dishonourable discharge) before being handed over to a civilian police force to face criminal charges.

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      So he must have been a British citizen. But what really intrigues me is the unnamed individual who was sent down. On what grounds would his name be withheld?

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        Most likely an informant having been awarded a protective status.

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          Cymru has more than it’s fair share of immigrants moved here under the witness protection scheme. Places like Cornwall and Cumbria also get a big share of them.

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          Six offenders go into court who’s names are known and all are found guilty. When sentencing is made, only five are named. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out the name of the “one that cannot be named”. The issue is what NEW identity the “one that cannot be named” is given, and has that person been dumped in Wales?

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            There are a multitude of reasons why people are not named stretching from age to vulnerability to turning QE

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              There is a difference between an ‘informant’ and a ‘QE’ witness.

              An informant can be a person already serving a prison term and if correctly registered by the police, the co-operation can be bought to the attention of a judge only at sentencing stage. Not a fact of evidence in the trial. Whilst an informant can be asked to give evidence in court (which would mean disclosure to the defendant) there are cases where this is not required. It is not compulsory.The police may rather that an advisory note to the judge as the best option, especially if there is further investigation on other matters.This is provided for in correctly registered informants.

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      section 69 (often called a dishonourable discharge)

      Section 69 is the Army’s version of the Public Order Act and is ‘conduct unbecoming;. It is literally a ‘catch-all’ that covers a multitude of sins from a dusty beret, to dirty boots, to drug taking. The punishment meted out reflects the severity of the circumstances

      The punishment awarded is not connected to the section under which you are charged in any way, shape or form.

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    I can’t understand why a Finn serving in the British army would want to settle in Llansilin. Come to that, why did a Finn join the British army?

    Gurkhas aside, I served in a county infantry regiment. Most of the 650 soldiers did come from Cheshire however – as in other infantry regiments, a significant number came from outside the UK.

    Within my regiment were soldiers from Jamaica, Barbados, Fiji, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Poland, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Iraq, India & Pakistan.

    And before any muppet says the system is biased to UK whites, I can assure you its biased to ability and the desire to gain promotion.. One of the best officers I served under was Fijian, who got to Major, and who finished his service commanding an Infantry recruit training establishment. One of the best Sergeant Majors was Bermudan and another was German (whose father fought for the Germans in WW2)

    The British Army is the least racist employer I have ever worked for by a very very long way.

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      You make the British army sound like a mercenary force rather than a national army.

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        RF is correct about his comments on racism.

        When researching the ‘BritRight’ and ‘TrendyLeft’ ideas on prison reform, ‘Harsh’ v ‘Soft’. The Home Office had inadvertently included a military prison in the statistics. It was about black prisoners as a proportion of the general population, and re-offending rates by race. The Colchester establishment stood out as it showed a LOWER re-offending rate amoungst black prisoners than white, and a HIGHER educational ettainment amoungst black prisoners than white’. Prisoners discharged on release.

        Prison reform isn’t about ‘harsh v soft’. It’s about discipline and opportunity. I don’t see prisoners at Swansea doing a full kit inspection and a perimeter run before breakfast, but I also don’t see busses taking them to technical school or university. This is what the army provides. Even their prisoners.

        I think the 69 discharge, as RF says a catch all, was more about saving the army from embarrassment. The ‘Finn’ press release was an attempt at diverting the gaze of the public. You certainly cannot aquire citizenship by enlisting if you’ve already sworn an oath to a ‘foreign’ power. Finland has compulsory national service and not a Nato member. He was British by citizenship, prior to enlisting.

        How can a Lance Corporal afford two houses in rural Wales?
        Why such a low rank for such long serving smart shooting trainer?

        He might have been busted before, and the property in Llansilin owned by his mate, the one who cannot be named.

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    I sometimes miss the updates on your blog, Jac, so I am delighted to spot that the matter of the photographs of Robert Melen have been resolved without recourse to the legal profession. This is clearly in both your interests. Go and enjoy that Argie Red now, I think it’s well deserved.

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      good outcome. Agree with Stan so modify my earlier instruction – insert “fund a supply of therapeutic Malbec” before “meeting site costs”.

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    I was party to a little spat on Facebook yesterday in response to a post by “Advancing Aberystwyth ar y Blaen”. The post was advertising an oppertunity to have a stall / provide Entertainment at an event this company is planning on the 18th of May. Accompanied by a graphic of Harry Hewitt and American Merkel and a union flag- the event being a street party for the so called Royal Wedding. For those unaware of what Advancing Aberystwyth is, it is a limited company formed by local businesses in a designated -Business Improvement District. Businesses in this area vote to give a little extra business rates which is used by the company to promote the town and improve business there. It is also in receipt of match funding by way of Welsh Government (whose source I believe to be European funding, although not sure). Anyway this announcement was rightly ridiculed, several thought it was a joke or some kind of spoof. Several people have complained and questioned such is the divisive effect the Royals have in Aberystwyth and Wales in general, how was having a street party funded by levy payers (most of which are small and currently struggling independent high street shops) and the public purse going to benefit business in the town. The answer it seems that “a few” of the levy payers wanted the event. Now, knowing the “team” behind “Advancing…” this isn’t some kind of Britnat plot, but it does show how ubiquitous this “shared British experience” propaganda is becoming, and how the more ( I was going to say feeble minded, but on second thoughts) politically naive have become soft radicalised, without even realising it. A few people have sent messages on Facebook to outline their opposition if you live in the area you can find them on fb or email them on info@advancingaberystwyth.co.uk.

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      Aber has a history of kissing the royal arse. When Prince Charlie came to town in ’69 there was wholesale fuckin’ idolatry going on. I recall setting off on some protest motorcade ( yes we had those ! ) one of the boys in our wagon said “drive over the bastards” when we passed some of the uncle dais and witches who had gathered along pavements to hurl abuse and any other crap at the carloads of us Cymry off to Cilmeri to register our dissent. Only seriously good thing to come out of Aber in ’69 was Gerallt’s “wylit, wylit…”

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        A mate and I travelled to Aber before the Investiture with the plan of beheading the statue of a former ‘PoW’ in front of the Old College building. We were caught, but the hacksaw marks can still be seen on the back of the statue’s neck. So we were hauled off to Aber police station. The desk sergeant was the father of a mate of ours who was himself arrested for hauling down the Union Jack at Murrayfield. (Our mate, not his father.) It made all the ‘papers, though ‘Police Houses, Penparcau’ as our mate’s address didn’t go down well with the chief constable.

        So we spent a weekend in the cells – spaghetti rings for Sunday lunch – then it was a special magistrates court on Monday morning where we were bailed until the next Cardiganshire Quarter Sessions. Before heading back to Swansea we decided to have a farewell pint. We picked the wrong pub. The only topic of conversation was “those bastards who tried to take the head off the statue”. All of a sudden I heard this voice, “Oi, that was us”. It was my mate. All eyes turned on us and I just managed to grab him and get us through the door before the lynch mob organised itself.

        Happy Days!

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          I think I knew the bloke who did the Jack at Murrayfield. Did his dad do a stint as village bobby at Alltwalis before moving on to bigger things – something Thomas ?

          50 years is a long way back. If the Windsors had any sense of decency they’d organise a 50th anniversary bash next year and let all their opponents have a re run of those lively times, plus give all the youngsters a chance to fire up some hwyl. Of course there must be a significant anniversary of some of the Meibion fires coming up soon. There’s a lot of potential in all these anniversary events !

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            He was indeed based in Alltwallis for a while. And his surname was Thomas.

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              Small world ! I suppose us blokes knowing about each others antics and capers from way back is no different to belonging to the masons, except our networks had a load more integrity about them.

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    Update on Advancing Aberystwyth they have removed the offending post from Facebook, I’m presuming the event is going ahead, but they have realised they could do without the negative publicity!

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      hot news – Advancing Aberystwyth “advanced” the wrong way , now 5 miles out to sea in Bae Ceredigion and sunk without trace !!! Well, we can all wish.

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