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Royston Jones doesn’t like ‘incomers’

A contentious ‘news’ website supported by public funds whose ‘Editor’ backs Welsh independence and has urged people to vote for a nationalist party, published the views of a right wing blogger who posted a picture of a paramilitary group leader holding a gun, The Eye can reveal.

Royston Jones, who lauds his time in the Free Wales Army (FWA) in the 1960s, described on Nation.Cymru ‘elderly people’ coming to Wales as “incomers” who are taking up too many places in Welsh care homes, and that the situation is “absurd”.

But the controversial published views may enrage many ‘elderly people’ from England now in Wales, made in the comments section below an article on the headline-grabbing website which is linked to supporters of the nationalist party Plaid Cymru (PC).

Royston Jones was a founding member of Ein Gwlad (EG, Our Land) which became Gwlad, Gwlad (GG, Land, Land), and fielded a number of candidates in the General Election last December who all lost their deposits.

Royston Jones in his youth with the Free Wales Army (FWA) as seen on ‘Jac o’ the North’

Sian Caiach of GG, for example, was the candidate for Cardiff Central in the General Election, yet it emerged she was also the proposer for The Brexit Party nomination in Llanelli.

Royston Jones wrote on Nation.Cymru: “Let’s be brutally honest.  For too long elderly people moving from England to Wales has been viewed as a growth industry by the ‘Welsh Government’, local authorities, and of course the owners and providers of care homes.  

“This is an absurd and self-defeating ‘economy’ when all the negatives are taken into account.  So why is it encouraged?”.

Cayo Evans with gun as seen on ‘Jac o’ the North’

The comments come after revelations on The Eye that Ms Caiach claimed Mr Jones had been ‘forced off’ the ‘governing committee’ of EG/GG.

He styles himself in documents as an ‘Investigative Journalist’, and proclaims on his blog ‘Jac o’ the North’ that it is: “Interpreting Wales from a Right of Centre Nationalist perspective”, and his picture of FWA leader Cayo Evans is of him pointing a hand gun at the camera as others look on smiling.

He revels in his long-standing support for the FWA and has praised Evans as a “friend” and “comrade”.

It’s been reported that the official IRA gave or sold its guns to the FWA

The FWA came to prominence more than 50 years ago, 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 Nation.Cymru has also been no stranger to controversy after The Eye revealed its ‘Editor’ Ifan Morgan Jones is a prominent backer of Welsh independence and told people to vote PC, yet his website is supported by taxpayers’ money through the Books Council of Wales (BCW).

It seems the FWA still has some guns

Ifan Morgan Jones told a critic on Twitter:  ‘The claim in (our) article that the site was set up “with the backing of leading figures in the nationalist party Paid Cymru” is just nonsense.  I set it up myself off my own bat.’.

But Ifan Morgan Jones should know as a lecturer in ‘journalism’ at Bangor University’s Department of Creative Studies and Media, on a course which is not accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), that everything published is supported by a raft of unseen evidence.

Do Bangor university journalism students know about the history of their lecturer?

In his ‘journalist’ lectures Ifan Morgan Jones presumably tells his students about the laws of libel, that everything published is governed by them, and that reporters have a large amount of evidence in filing cabinets to back up each line.

On The Eye we have many years of experience in journalist law – our Editor Phil Parry has 36 – and are very aware of what can and cannot be published.

‘Vote Plaid Cymru’

Ifan Morgan Jones himself published on Facebook last December a picture of a postal ballot paper with his pen hovering over the PC candidate, and has posted a photograph of himself and his partner underneath the slogan “I’m voting Plaid Cymru”.

In July 2016 he helped promote a rally for Welsh independence in Caernarfon and said that Wales:  “faced being part of a state which (is) being politically neglected”.

Last September an opinion piece was published in which he said:  “In an independent Wales, the future of our nation wouldn’t be decided by politicians completely removed from our concerns, like gods playing dice with our fate on the summit of Mount Olympus”.

Ifan Morgan Jones and his partner tell people to vote Plaid Cymru

The right-wing retired heating engineer Royston Jones too has made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Following our revelations about Royston Jones’ connection with Evans and news on The Eye of his publication of him with a pistol, a hotel where he was to announce the formation of EG/GG became deeply unhappy. Officials sent a message to Royston Jones saying:  “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 (2018) in Aberystwyth to discuss the formation of a new political party to defend Wales’ interests”.

Aberystwyth hotel – ‘concerns’

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

EG/GG was finally unveiled at Llanelli later last year, but another nationalist blog had ‘reported’ earlier that a first ‘conference’ was to be held before the end of 2018.

Phil Parry – how ‘irritating’

Royston Jones’ support for the FWA and Evans, as well as previous statements have been questioned, and it seemed our Editor had become something of an irritant.

On November 19 (2018) Royston 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”.

Gwlad Gwlad/Ein Gwlad has not attracted huge support

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 (The Eye – 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”.

  
Phil Parry has been called a ‘liar’ several times

Plainly, despite our factual revelations, Royston 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”.

 
Yet it seems he became totally disillusioned with GG/EG and, bizarrely, urged people to vote for The Conservatives in the General Election. He said on his blog “… I shall be supporting Welsh independence on December 12 by voting for the Conservative and Unionist Party”. We have described how Royston Jones’ former party could be in its death throes amid reports that it had fewer than 40 members.
 
Gwyn Wigley Evans – ‘disagreement’ in the party

But the senior officials in GG also have interesting pasts.

The leader of GG, Gwyn Wigley Evans, has admitted key people have left, saying:  “There was a disagreement about the direction of the party”. He said in an interview with Nation.Cymru that the party was standing at the General Election in four seats where PC have withdrawn, 
 
Mr Evans has also hit the headlines for other reasons. Last year it emerged that he was director of a company which imported knitted garments from Macedonia. 
 
‘This was a long time ago and the person has left’

Yet it has been accusations of being a far right party which have constantly bedevilled GG/EG.

 
In a gushing interview, Nation.Cymru asked Mr Evans about a post on the party’s Facebook page praising the Lega Nord and Brothers of Italy parties, and past praise for Hungary’s controversial nationalist leader Viktor Orban. Mr Evans replied:  “I haven’t seen that post on Facebook. And the person who praised Viktor Orban left a long time ago“.
 
Book posterIt appears his former colleague Royston Jones, would not like elderly people to arrive in Wales from England in the first place, as shown by his right-wing views published on the controversial website Nation.Cymru which is backed by taxpayers money and has an ‘Editor’ who wants Welsh independence… 

 

Our Editor Phil Parry’s memories of his astonishing 36-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! The picture doubles as a cut-and-paste poster

 

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