A retired businessman who supported the 1960s paramilitary organisation ‘Free Wales Army (FWA)’ is to launch a right-wing Welsh independence party, it has emerged.
Royston Jones – who writes a nationalist blog under the pseudonym ‘Jac o’ the North’ – has described the leader of the FWA Cayo Evans as “irrepressible” and published a picture of him toting a gun. [amazon_link asins=’B00197X1G8′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’thebridgegall-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’834d8665-b01f-11e7-a022-970a021471f1′]Mr Jones has called our Editor, Phil Parry, “vermin” and a “lying bastard” after we revealed how his blog was investigated by the police for ‘inciting racial hatred’.
Another nationalist blog said we were guilty of a “twisted fantasy” after wedisclosed Mr Jones’ connection with the FWA, yet he has published pictures of himself with the group, and posted the photograph of Mr Evans, pointing a gun at the camera as others look on laughing.
He now plans to create a new pro-independence party which will be discussed at an Aberystwyth hotel next month.
He has booked out a room for 50-60 people at the Belle Vue Royal Hotel, on Marine Terrace, Aberystwyth for 1pm, November 4 for the event.
On Mr Jones’ blog he sets 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 his vitriolic writings have proved controversial and one reader told us: “I feel like taking a bath after I read his stuff”.His blog targets people he believes are not truly Welsh, and some of his victims have been given around-the-clock police protection.
A police investigation was launched after threats against another North Wales resident and writer, Jacques Protic, following comments about him by Mr Jones.
Mr Protic was told he should be put down “like a mad dog” and his car tyres were slashed.
One of the telephone callers to his home said: “I will do your fucking head in”.
This threatening message was on speakers and upset his 10 year old daughter who was listening.
But Mr Protic, whose home town is Chester and who now lives somewhere in North Wales, was deeply alarmed by the standard of investigation undertaken by the police which followed the published comments of Mr Jones, and he launched an official complaint.
Mr Jones had written, in the first statements about him on his blog: ”I was hoping to avoid this, but it has to be said – Protic is a Serb” (Mr Protic’s father worked for the Yugoslavian National Bank and he left the country when he was a teenager).
Mr Jones celebrates his time supporting the FWA, and accuses The Eye of being part of the police or the Labour party, even in the context of our reports concerning police misdeeds or the actions of the Labour Welsh Government.
Comments he published on his blog about disabled people also provoked controversy.
One of the lines which caused particular offence, was: “Am I alone in thinking there’s an element of a Victorian freak show in the Paralympics?”
Afterwards a post on the Republic website concluded: ”(Royston Jones was) awarded …that week’s Full of Shit award.
“It was well merited (as this was a) primitive attitude to disabled people.”
Mr Jones has had a number of brushes with the law, as his blog has come under scrutiny.
He has proclaimed how his initial blog was proscribed, and apart from attacking our Editor has also condemned our website.
He has written: “My first blog was closed down …
“My current hosting arrangement makes it more difficult for such pressure to be applied.
“Which is why I’m wondering if WalesEye(our former name) is allowing itself to be used as a cat’s-paw by more sinister elements hoping to close down dissenting voices”.
Even so Mr Jones does have his supporters while The Eye stands accused of being “un-Welsh”.
A writer on the blog Y Cneifwr said:
“It (The Eye) set out with the aim of being a sort of Welsh Private Eye, combining satire with investigative journalism, but there has always been something deeply puzzling and rather un-Welsh about it from the start.
“I like Jac.
“To me, and I suspect some other Welsh bloggers, Jac is the black sheep uncle your mother and aunts hope won’t show up at the wedding, but you know he will liven things up.”
Now Mr Jones will liven things up by proposing a new Welsh independence party which will replace cross-border bodies with Welsh ones, and give priority to people from Wales on matters such as housing.
He has said: “I would like to see a party that can ruthlessly expose the shortcomings of the parties currently ruining Wales while coming up with constructive ideas for making Wales a better place for our people”.
Being ruthless should come easily to Mr Jones.
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