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Phil Parry is a former BBC news and current affairs reporter. He is winner of the BT Wales award for journalist of the year, BT Wales TV reporter of the year and radio reporter of the year.
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Cayo Evans with gun as seen on the ‘Jac o’ the North’ blog – a ‘friend’ of Royston Jones’

It is extraordinary how violence appears to loom large in the lives of Welsh extremists.

The right wing founder of a controversial new Welsh independence party whose Chairman warned that Wales should not be a “dumping ground for (English) misfits” posted on his contentious right wing blog a picture of a 1960s paramilitary leader pointing a gun at the camera.

John Jenkins – ‘We could have killed him’

Now the review on a Welsh nationalist website of a book about another revolutionary leader has stated that Prince Charles could have been shot at his investiture in Caernarfon castle 50 years ago.

The shocking statement on Nation.Cymru comes in a new biography of John Jenkins the leader of the revolutionary group Mudiad Amddiffyn Cymru (Movement for the Defence of Wales). In the biography of Mr Jenkins, he claims that Prince Charles could have been killed in 1969.

‘I could have shot him there and then’

He says in the book: “We could have killed him… For one thing, I was a sergeant in the British Army’s Dental Corps, and was on duty in Caernarfon that dayI could have carried a rifle and I could have shot him there and then if I wanted.

“Furthermore, if I’d said ‘Right, I want a couple of people who are prepared to do something and not come back from it’, I know at least two who would have come forward and volunteered. I’m talking about a suicide operation.”

Royston Jones in his youth with the Free Wales Army (FWA)

The book was to have been launched on Saturday afternoon at Waterstones in Wrexham in the company of the author and Mr Jenkins.

Meanwhile the picture of Cayo Evans pointing a hand gun at the camera appeared on the ‘Jac o’ the North’ blog written by retired heating engineer Royston Jones. His blog proclaims it is: “Interpreting Wales from a Right of Centre Nationalist perspective”.

Mr Evans was the leader of 1960s paramilitary group Free Wales Army (FWA) and it has been reported that the Official IRA (OIRA) gave or sold, most of its weapons to the organisation as part of its turn away from political violence. But Mr Jones who founded the Welsh independence party Ein Gwlad (Our Country/Land) (EG) has praised him as a “friend” and “comrade”.

‘Fully kitted and armed’

After our revelations a hotel where he was to announce the formation of EG sent a message to Mr Jones notifying him:  “With regards to … concerns, we have now cancelled your meeting room with full refund of payment”. He then advertised on his blog a new venue, with the words: I am delighted to announce that a meeting has been arranged for November 18th in Aberystwyth to discuss the formation of a new political party to defend Wales’ interests”.

The paramilitary FWA lives on?

Before this a ‘public’ meeting was held in Autumn 2017 and we disclosed how Mr Jones had initially pledged to create the new party by early last year, with an Annual General Meeting (AGM) penciled in for March 3 2018, but nothing happened.

EG was finally unveiled at Llanelli later last year and another nationalist blog had ‘reported’ earlier that a first ‘conference’ was to be held before the end of the year.

‘They will be armed’ like the FWA was

It was extremely difficult establishing where the meetings were held of EG as these were not widely published, but the ‘manifesto’ was posted on social media on February 17 and stated: “Exposing the wrong doings of the colonial establishment will eventually wake people up in a colony – which is what Wales still is”. Mainstream political parties in Wales, such as Labour, were heavily criticised in the ‘manifesto’ which added:  “The Conservatives and the Lib Dems followed suite (suit?), prefixing their names with ‘Welsh’, although in reality they are England based parties operating as foreign parties on our soil”.

Adam Smith – followed by the libertarian right

Apart from posting on ‘Jac o’ the North’, the picture of Mr Evans holding a gun, we have shown how Mr Jones has also celebrated his youthful links to the FWA, and in his published photograph others look on laughing as the group’s leader holds the pistol.

His new party is committed to a ‘flat rate of tax’ which was floated by the right wing think tank, The Adam Smith Institute, whose report does not adequately explain how the flat tax would not just be a tax break for the rich. But EG proclaimed:  “By adopting a flat rate of tax with appropriate allowance and rate, lower and medium earners would be better off, while higher earners would pay slightly more but not excessively so”.

Empty chairs greeted Ein Gwlad’s ‘launch’

Despite this, officials at the party’s ‘launch’ said:  “Ein Gwlad is unequivocally committed to achieving a fair and prosperous independent Wales, in the shortest practical timescale”. One supporter said the party’s policies would raise Wales from under the crushing heel of unionist repressive policies that have with held the country from achieving its full potential”.

Independence and a flat tax

Yet EG had been mired in controversy even before its ‘launch’. Another backer has stated publicly:  “When the day for the official launch arrives, we’ll be fully kitted and armed”. A supporter also said before the ‘launch’:  “Jac o’ the North says that following a successful first meeting the details of a new Welsh political party should be revealed in March 2018 once they are ironed out”.

Our Editor – ‘an irritating little git’

Meanwhile Mr Jones’ support for the FWA and previous statements have been questioned, and it seemed our Editor had become something of an irritant. On November 19 Mr Jones had written on his blog:  “The meeting yesterday went very, very well. I was delighted with the turnout and with the enthusiasm shown…perhaps the one disappointment – given the interest he’s shown in the new party – was that Phil Parry of The Eye wasn’t there. You could have had a scoop, Parry – ‘Shock! Horror! irritating little git thrown out of meeting”.

On November 22 he wrote after an article on The Eye:  “Following Phil Parry’s latest attack on me I asked for the right to reply (there has been no such request), but he hasn’t responded.  I’d prefer to ignore the irritating little git but he is now making serious and misleading allegations that have to be answered”. Plainly, despite our factual revelations, Mr Jones was troubled by our intervention, and wrote on his blog:  He (another critic of the plan) used the lies peddled by Phil Parry on The Eye”.

Royston Jones had serious complaints against Phil Parry

Mr Jones may have blamed our Editor in the past, but he has used ‘lies’ before in describing him. More than three years ago he called Mr Parry “a lying bastard” and dubbed him “vermin”.

Mr Jones said on Jac o’ the North:  “That lying bastard Phil Parry never misses an opportunity to twist or invent ‘facts’”. He continued:  “He’s a mouthpiece for the Labour Party (many of The Eye articles have been about the misdeeds of Labour politiciansand often ‘trails’ stories for Llais y Sais (we never write ‘trails’ for other organisations).

Evidently Mr Jones is unaware of legal rules as these comments are highly-defamatory and as they have been published fall under the remit of libel laws.

The ‘Full Of Shit’ award for Royston Jones

Mr Jones’ attempt to create the new independence party was also the subject of our satirist Edwin Phillips, and came soon after controversy was prompted by his personal views.

The equal treatment of disabled people is viewed by commentators as a progressive mark of civilised countries, and it is seen as important to address debilitating illnesses, but it seems Mr Jones does not agree. One of the lines by him on Jac o’ the North which caused particular offence was:  “Am I alone in thinking there’s an element of a Victorian freak show in the Paralympics?”. 
 
More baths may be needed

Mr Jones has also promoted a petition calling for social housing only for people from Wales. Families from London who took homes from a Welsh housing association were heavily criticised, and they were called perverts. But readers have been dismayed in the past by what has appeared on Mr Jones’ blog. One commentator on The Eye said:  “The man (Royston Jones) and the knuckle draggers that follow him are fascistic ethnic nationalists end of and don’t really deserve the air of publicity except to say that wales has an alarmingly high number (of) far right supremacists who have convinced themselves they have oppressed status so think its okay to demonise ordinary people like retirees from English cities who’ve moved within their own nation state”. Another critic of Mr Jones told us:  “I feel like taking a bath after I read his stuff.”

Book posterMaybe more ablutions will need to be taken after confessions that a gun could have been used on Prince Charles.

Phil Parry’s memories of his extraordinary 35-year award-winning career in journalism as he was gripped by the incurable disabling condition Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP), have been released in a major new book ‘A GOOD STORY’. Order the book now!
 
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