A controversial Welsh independence party which promotes a tax system attacked for favouring the rich, has finally been launched, backed by a right wing pensioner who supports a paramilitary group and posted a picture of its leader holding a gun on his nationalist blog, it has emerged.
The contentious party Ein Gwlad (Our Land/Country/Nation) was unveiled at Llanellli on Tuesday, and another nationalist blog had ‘reported’ earlier that a first ‘conference’ was to be held before the end of the year. The man behind it, Royston Jones, celebrates his links to the 1960s paramilitary organisation Free Wales Army (FWA) and published a photograph of the group’s leader pointing a gun at the camera.
In his picture others look on laughing as Cayo Evans holds the hand gun, and Mr Jones has praised him as a “friend”and “comrade”.
Mr Jones writes a ‘right of centre nationalist’ blog under the psedonym ‘Jac o’ the North’ that fiercely attacks English ‘incomers’.
His new party, Ein Gwlad, 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 the party proclaims: “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”.
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 Ein Gwlad’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”.
Yet the party has been mired in controversy even before its launch this week. Another backer has stated publicly: “When the day for the official launch arrives, we’ll be fully kitted and armed”. A supporter said in November: “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”.
Meanwhile Mr Jones’ support for the FWA and previous statements have been questioned.
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 in the 1960s. We showed how he pledged to create the new Welsh independence party by earlier this year, with an Annual General Meeting (AGM) penciled in for March 3, but nothing happened.