Plaid Cymru’s Refugee Rhetoric Undermined by Record

With Plaid Cymru spending the last few weeks reminding everyone of their pro-migration bona fides – claiming Wales should become a ‘Nation of Sanctuary’ and slamming the government’s visa policy – Guido thought it was worth checking their own record on asylum seekers to make sure they put their money where their mouth is. Given they’re supposedlycommit[ed] to easing the experience of migrants and people seeking asylum“, surely the Plaid-controlled local authorities would be the blueprint for everyone else to follow. Not so much…

According to official asylum and resettlement data, Plaid-led local authorities supported a grand total of 5 asylum seekers between 31st March 2017 and 31st December 2021. Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Anglesey and Gwynedd are either Plaid controlled or have a Plaid leader (Gwynedd), and yet only Ceredigion and Gwynedd supported 2 and 3 asylum seekers respectively in the last five years. The other authorities don’t even appear on the database. Presumably because pressing ‘0’ for five years’ worth of data is a waste of time… 

An average of one a year. Still, if they want to bump those numbers up, here’s a good place to start…

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Plaid “We Wouldn’t Support a Labour Government” Cymru Announce Cooperation Agreement with Labour

Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru have confirmed the details of a three-year “co-operation agreement” in the Senedd this afternoon, with First Minister Mark Drakeford and Plaid leader Adam Price claiming it will “address issues which take the greatest political and policy effort to resolve”. They also set out the preliminary details of their policy agenda, which includes extending free school meals to all primary school pupils, the expansion of the Senedd, gender quotas in law, and potentially a new voting system. Price added that the deal would “plant together the seed beneath the snow of a new society, a new Wales, a new beginning”, which is a far cry from what he had to say about his new partners just over a year ago…

In September 2020, Price insisted that Plaid

“…Wouldn’t support a Labour government under any circumstances – a Labour-led government under any circumstances…”

When ITV Wales correspondent Rob Osborne asked if that answer would be proven wrong “in a couple of months’ time”, Price gave an emphatic “no“. Which is true, strictly speaking: it took just over a year…

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Plaid Senedd Candidate Deletes Tweet Parodying Racist Slogan

Plaid Cymru Senedd candidate Carrie Harper raised eyebrows last night by tweeting photos of a campaign billboard with the dubious caption “Don’t want a Tory for a neighbour? Vote @Plaid_Cymru not Labour”. The tweet bears a striking similarity (no doubt a coincidence) to the infamous slogan bandied around by the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement during the 1964 Smethwick by-election: “If you want a n****r for a neighbour, vote Labour”. The tweet has since been deleted.

Neo-Nazi jokes aside, Guido spotted a few other glaring issues with Harper’s post. Firstly, the billboard pictured within the tweet appeared to lack any legal imprints showing who produced or promoted it, which violates the Electoral Commission’s rules on campaigning. Secondly, the billboard’s text is written only in English. A curious choice for a candidate belonging to a party trying to push for Welsh independence… 

Guido wonders whether Harper is just getting a bit accident-prone from the stresses of the job. After all, running an election campaign can’t be easy when you’re under fire from antisemitism accusations…

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Labour and Plaid Cymru Demand More Politicians in Wales

The Welsh Parliament Assembly’s electoral reform committee, made up exclusively of Labour and Plaid Cymru Assembly Members, has released official recommendations for more politicians and an even less constituency-linked voting system for the Senedd. Labour’s Dawn Bowden, who chairs the committee, has said she would like her party to adopt its recommendations. They are yet to officially comment. Plaid Cymru have already officially taken on the call for more politicians in their manifesto…

In the 2011 Welsh Devolution referendum, the Yes campaign repeatedly promised that the new powers proposed for the devolved assembly would not mean more politicians. The BBC even helped the Labour-led campaign with a spurious ‘fact check‘, refuting a main claim of the No campaign, that a Yes vote would lead to more Assembly Members. The BBC emphatically ‘fact checked’ that it wouldn’t. Now it looks like the fact checkers should have been fact checked…

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Electoral Commission Fines Plaid Cymru £30,000

Details of investigations carried out last month by the Electoral Commission have been released, showing that Plaid Cymru has been fined a whopping £29,268 in nine separate penalties for failure to deliver accurate filings. Oops.

Losing candidates Sarah Wollaston and Labour’s Ashley Dalton have narrowly escaped investigation and sanction after “voluntary forfeiture of donations” that they had received during the election campaign from impermissible sources. The Electoral Commission still going easy on Remainers…

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Plaid’s Taffy Jihadi Blamed Lord Ashcroft for London Terror Attack

The Plaid Cymru activist who starred in their party political broadcast and is at the centre of a storm over anti-Semitism and extremist views has apologised and declared she has undertaken “anti-Semitism training” after her social media posts of hers surfaced that Sahar Al-Faifi admits “crossed the boundary of criticism of Israel into anti-Semitism.” Al-Faifi has been suspended by the party…

The suspension was over posts Al-Fafi wrote between 2012 and 2014 when she:

    • Celebrated the return of Hamas leader Khalid Meshal to Gaza. She wrote “we have given you a clear conquest… Allah may aid you with a mighty victory.”
    • Wrote “If Saudi Arabia stopped producing oil for one day, the West would kneel on their knees & #Israel would disappear. Shame on Arab rulers! #Gaza”

In the wake of the 2017 London Bridge terror attack, she wrote a social media post entitled “London Bridge attack, who is to blame?” In it, she placed blame not on the Jihadi terrorists, but “pro-Zionists pro-war individuals such as Robert Rosenkranz, Lord Ashcroft and Lord Kalms the owner of Dixons” writing that:

“These people make money from wars and it is within their interest to make the world unstable by funding fear via morons and militias... So after this, do you not think that Westminster attack, Manchester bombing and London Bridge are timely and their purpose is clear? This is not some sort of conspiracy theory. This is called mimetic [sic] warfare!”

She remains suspended…

Hat-Tip: Charlie Peters
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