Feeds

Welsh politician resigns over newsgroup rantings

Internet claims another scalp

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

A senior politician in Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru, Gwilym ad Ioan, has been forced to resign following racist remarks posted on two Welsh newsgroups.

Mr ab Ioan, vice-president and a member of Plaid Cymru's National Executive, had to step down when his comments - including that Wales had become a "dumping ground for England's oddballs and misfits" - were called "entirely unacceptable" by Plaid Cymru's chairman, Elin Jones.

The postings took place on two newsgroups, soc.culture.welsh and uk.local.north.wales, at the start of the month and included such gems as:

"If we don't [wake up soon] we'll be so full of foreigners in our own land that our voice will be drowned out forever - along with our language and culture"; "our language and culture is wilting at an alarming rate because of the over powerful and unbalanced effect and influence of the alien culture has within our nation"; "In my experience the vast majority of people who settle in Wales are either: 1.Past their working age... 2. Are unemployed and/or suffering from long term illness... 3. Are social dropouts from the cities of England."

Mr ab Ioan was less than pleasant when other posters disagreed with his strongly-held views. He asked one: "Are you an indigenous native from Wales or a foreigner?"

The story comes on the back of more anti-English sentiment from Plaid Cymru politicians. Earlier in the year, Simon Glyn said he felt Welsh-speaking areas were being overrun by a "tidal wave" of English-speaking people. He also claimed English migrants were "a drain on resources".

The Plaid Cymru leadership is very sensitive about such racism, and condemns it. But, like the Conservative party in England, it recognises that many of its members hold similar views.

In response to Mr ab Ioan's remarks, a colleague on the Today programme on Radio 4 argued that unless Mr ab Ioan persuades Welsh-speaking people to stop selling their houses at a greater price to English-speaking folk, then he should keep such inflammatory language to himself. ®

Made in Wales

LibDems pull illegal Plaid Cymru Web site
LibDems cybersquat on Plaid Cymru
New Labour's Internet dirty tricks campaign exposed

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'
PM urged to 'prioritise issue' after Facebook hindsight find
Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned
Swedish court rules there's 'great risk' WikiLeaker will dodge prosecution
NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators
Democrats needed just TWO more votes to keep alive bill reining in some surveillance
'Internet Freedom Panel' to keep web overlord ICANN out of Russian hands – new proposal
Come back with our internet! cries Republican drawing up bill
What a Mesa: Apple vows to re-use titsup GT sapphire glass plant
Commits to American manufacturing ... of secret tech
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.