The Eye have stymied the original plans to start a new Welsh independence party by a retired businessman who writes a right wing blog, after we revealed his links to the paramilitary group Free Wales Army (FWA) and he posted a picture of their leader holding a gun.
We can now reveal the first hotel where Royston Jones planned to launch the party has cancelled his reservation for a large room, following our disclosure.
Mr Jones has blamed our Editor, Phil Parry.
He wrote on his blog ‘Jac O’ the North’: “He (another critic of the plan) used the lies peddled by Phil Parry on The Eye”.
Mr Jones had booked a room for 50-60 people at the Belle Vue Royal Hotel, on Marine Terrace, Aberystwyth for 1pm, November 4 for the event.
On ‘Jac O’ the North’ he set out the party’s principles: “Anyone who thinks Wales needs another socialist party, or a bigger third sector, or more Englandandwales organisations, really has nothing to contribute”.
But the hotel 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”.
Mr Jones may have blamed our Editor, but he has used ‘lies’ before in describing him.
In the past he has called Mr Parry “a lying bastard” and dubbed him “vermin”.
Mr Jones said on the ‘Jac o’ the North’ blog: “That lying bastard Phil Parry never misses an opportunity to twist or invent ‘facts’”.
He added: “My blog has NEVER been investigated by the police (we were contacted by the officer conducting the inquiry) and so I challenge him to provide evidence for the allegations he makes.”
Mr Jones continued: “He’s a mouthpiece for the Labour Party (many of The Eye articles have been about the misdeeds of the Labour Welsh Government and its leader in Wales, First Minister Carwyn Jones) and often ‘trails’ stories for Llais y Sais (we never write ‘trails’ for other organisations)“.
Astonishingly, and inconsistently, he appeared to accept the ‘invented’ facts, tweeting last night: “i put a picture of Cayo Evans on my blog and PhilParry2 … ‘exposed’ my 50 plus years’ support for the FWA”.
Mr Jones seems to object to the fact that we have reported how he described the leader of the FWA, Cayo Evans, as a “comrade” as well as “friend”, and how he published the picture on ‘Jac O’ the North’ of him pointing a gun at the camera as others look on laughing.
Yet the ‘inventions’ we have reported, were from pictures on his own blog – including the one of Cayo Evans holding the pistol.
Meanwhile many of our readers supported our stance, and backed up the so-called ‘lies’.
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”.
The FWA was a paramilitary Welsh nationalist organisation, formed at Lampeter, Ceredigion, in 1963.
Its objective was to establish an independent Welsh republic.
It has been reported that the Official IRA (OIRA) had given or sold most of its weapons to the FWA as part of its turn away from political violence, in the 1960s.
But Mr Jones has praised the leader of the FWA.