Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Plaid revive decentralised socialism

Plaid leader Leanne Wood seems to bee taking  the Party back to the sort of decentralised  socialism, that we who were in the original National Left were talking about 30 years ago.
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The party leader made a bid to distinguish Plaid Cymru's left-leaning values from Labour's at a speech in Cardiff 

She said her party's brand of socialism was the "opposite" to the "undemocratic model" embraced by Labour

She said the new leaflet was about “creating the kind of Wales we want to live in”.

In it she set out a proposal for "the first draft of a set of values and principles" inspired by writer Naomi Klein's vision of a 'Leap' change in society.

The principles as described in the leaflet are:


Ms Wood told activists that Labour's brand of socialism "won't empower people because it doesn't trust people".

She said

"The decentralist socialism of Plaid Cymru is the opposite to the top-down, undemocratic model which has been embraced historically by British Labour," .
Outlining a vision for her own party, she said Plaid's socialism "should be a democratic exercise in stripping both political and economic power away from the multi-national corporations and the centralised state, bringing control back to the community through shared ownership and local democracy."


Ms Wood proposed "taking new and existing institutions away from where they are concentrated already, as Plaid Cymru has advocated for the new transport authority, football museum, national development bank, and other bodies".
She said her party would "legislate to ensure that legal safeguards were in place to fairly share public investment across the country, leaving no community behind," she said.
The party leader also outlined steps to reform the planning system, including "the creation of mixed zones for self-employment, where living and working spaces can be combined or co-located, to cut travel and other overhead costs for start-ups and self-employed people".
Ms Wood spoke ahead of a tour of Wales.

 "I want to speak with people who care about Welsh democracy... but who may be disconnected from Welsh politics or what happens in Cardiff Bay," .
The Ten Principles laid out by Leanne wee

Decentralisation

“People in all areas should share the wealth/prosperity. Power needs to be devolved within Wales itself. We must not re-create the unbalanced relationship between ‘core’ and ‘periphery’ that has been socially disastrous for Wales within the British state”

Self-sufficiency and living within our means

“Building resilience to future shocks and to be able to provide for our own needs, where possible, but especially for life’s basics. Climate change necessitates making the transition to end our dependnce on fossil fuels and people in Wales must be in control of that process.”

The maintenance and protection of existing rights and protections

“There is a risk that these could be watered down through the process of leaving the EU. We must strengthen workers’ and human rights...
"We should consider what community ownership of resources as well as additional linguistic rights would look like if we were to prioritise and protect the Welsh language and communities with a high percentage of Welsh speakers. We should also look towards granting full rights for all to access a lifelong education, a decent home, a high standard of healthcare and a clean environment.”

Striving for equality by lifting those at the bottom and working to eliminate geographic inequality

“The basic services we all need should be not for profit and where possible publicly or community owned.”

The assumption that our public money should be spent for public good

“Money spent abroad should contribute to the prevention of war and conflict and not the perpetuation of it. Military expenditure should be reducted to cover necessary security. The ratio of social spend to military spend must change to increase money for social programmes.”

Maximising democracy by increasing people’s ability to participate in it

“This includes a right to retreaining for green jobs and being democratic participants in that training.”

Openness to value and nurture all people

“Rather than treat newcomers with fear and suspicion. Value elders and recognise knowledge accumulated over a lifetime. Work to end the epidemic of violence against women.”

Co-operation not competition

“We can achieve so much more if we all pull together in the same positive direction”

Wales must be seen as a national entity

“Our education system needs to equip our citizens to see the world through a Welsh frame and to draw on the history of Wales to connect with the world”
What seems to be missing from Leanne's speech is the the reality in order to push forward these principals  Plaid need to first gain power in Cardiff Bay and in reality nothing less than Independence will allow the decentralisation of power from Cardiff.

The problem that Plaid and Indeed the SNP is that  they have seemed to concentrated on building a mirror parliament  of Westminster in both Cardiff and Edinburgh.

Centralism  whether it is from the Tories or  indeed the sort of Socialism Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters  still seem to aspire to has not and cannot work.

It concentrates not only power but major infrastructure, wealth and top jobs in one place.

There is a perception in the North and West of  Wales  that they are been sidelined  by the Labour Government in Cardiff bay in the same way  everywhere outside London and the South East of England has always been.

It is something that seems to be the case and Plaid and all the other parties in Wales need to address this.

The message of "decentralised socialism"  in Plaid Cymru is over 30 years old and I believe  it was never officially dropped .

Breathing new life into it, may just inspire a new generation of independentistas not only in Wales but beyond.

Monday, 15 January 2018

"Darkest Hour"? We need "Churchill's Darkest Moments".

Is there a myth over the Popularity amongst the general public of Winston Churchill in his lifetime?

He may have been voted the Greatest Britain but  that was in part to the fact that the case for him was made by the  popular Labour MP Mo Mowlam who made the case for him on the BBC series and glossed over his darkest moments.

Wales online point out that his part in the The Tonypandy Riots of 1910 and the Llanelli Riots of 1911 coincided with his time as Home Secretary and stories have been passed on of his alleged readiness to dispatch troops against workers and left a legacy of hate against th eman.
Llanelli Labour AM Lee Waters recalls the depth of animosity.
He said: 

“I’d a very sweet old grandmother... The only person she would swear about was Churchill.
“She’d refer to him as a ‘b******’. She literally never said a bad word about anybody, not that I can remember, and she certainly never used bad language...
“Her father, who’d been involved in the general strike, clearly took a very dim of Churchill and I think that was typical of Welsh working class opinion.”
Whilst there is an  argument that Churchill may  not be entirely in the wrong over Tonypandy even claiming part ofhis action was to mitigate the actions of the then Chief Constable  Captain Lindsay who was  unstable and may be the real villain of the piece.

However the Morning Star  has pointed out there were many reasons why Churchill should not have been chosen the Greatest Briton,

As historian Richard Toye has shown in his book, Churchill’s Empire: The World That Made Him and the World He Made (2010), they didn’t.


Many of Churchill’s colleagues saw him at the more extreme end of racist and imperialist ideology, referring to him as a “Victorian” because of his outdated views.

Prime minister Stanley Baldwin was warned by Cabinet colleagues not to appoint him and his doctor Lord Moran said of his approach to Chinese and Indians: “Winston thinks only of the colour of their skin.”

It should be no surprise then that he was vehemently opposed to Indian independence, declaring that Gandhi “ought to be lain bound hand and foot at the gates of Delhi, and then trampled on by an enormous elephant with the new viceroy seated on its back. Gandhi-ism and everything it stands for will have to be [...] crushed.”

He would later remark: “I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.”
The Morning Star continues  

It also warrants noting here his advocacy for the use of chemical weapons to repress other peoples under Britain’s imperial rule.
When Iraqis and Kurds revolted against British rule in northern Iraq in 1920, Churchill, then secretary of state at the War Office, said:

 “I do not understand the squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favour of using poison gas against uncivilised tribes. It would spread a lively terror.”
Of course, you will detect none of this side of Churchill from watching the Darkest Hour because, as usual, he is portrayed as a flawed but lovable rogue who endeavoured virtuously to save democracy and the free world from the jaws of fascism. 

The problem with this cliched narrative, however, is that, contrary to virtually every mainstream account, Churchill was in fact explicitly and openly supportive of fascism prior to the second world war, notably in Italy.

He wrote lovingly to Mussolini:

 “What a man! I have lost my heart! […] Fascism has rendered a service to the entire world […] If I were Italian, I am sure I would have been with you entirely.”
As late as 1935 he wrote affectionately of Hitler: “If our country were defeated, I hope we should find a champion as indomitable to restore our courage and lead us back to our place among the nations.”
Like the US government and much of the British Establishment at the time, including the royal family and the intelligence services, Churchill enthusiastically favoured fascism as a bulwark against Bolshevism and only became overtly anti-fascist when German expansionary ambitions directly threatened the empire.
None of this is an exaggeration. You can, as is nowadays fashionable to say, “fact-check” it all. And this is to illustrate but a fraction of Churchill’s odiousness.
The truth is that, behind the cult-like worship and glorification of him that plagues the Anglosphere, manifested in films like Darkest Hour, Churchill was in reality a horrid man who, if around today, would most certainly be ridiculed and reviled by decent-minded folk for the hideously archaic views he possessed.

Indeed even in 1945 there is plenty of evidence that Churchill did not receive total adoration   .

It may be claimed that Labour's  1945  landslide victory as a reaction against the Tories rather than Churchill himself in his own constituency of Woodford  Labour and the Liberals did not put up a candidate.

He was however challenged by an Alexander Hancock, a obscure self-styled "philosophical Communist," polled more than 10,000 votes  against Churchill.

General Election 1945: Woodford
Party Candidate Votes % ±

Conservative Winston Churchill 27,688 72.53 N/A

Independent Alexander Hancock 10,488 27.47 N/A
Majority 17,200 45.05 N/A
Turnout 38,176 65.53 N/A

Conservative win


The fact that over 10,000 people voted against Churchill may indicate the general mood amongst many voters, who had negative views against Churchill.

I don't think we will see any Bafta or Oscar nominations for an actor portraying  as the Imperialist, Racist and Union crushing man he really was . but a more factual film of his life would be welcome.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Glyn Davies MP should listen to Irish President and not welome US.

I remember when he was a Conservative  Assembly Member Glyn Davis's A view from Rural Wales was always worth reading.

I gained the impression then that he was an independent  minded politician who was  willing to throw off the Party's Thatcherite past and a move to the centre (wherever that is mind)and who embraced devolution wholeheartedly.

However now a MP after unexpediently winning  Montgomeryshire in 2010 he seems to have become a government apologist .

I mean who else but a Tory MP believes this

 Bearing in mind how difficult 2017 was for our Prime Minister, it’s amazing how confident and focussed she is. It was a genuinely Prime Ministerial performance on today’s media. Mrs Thatcher was known as the ‘Iron Lady’. Well, Theresa May has shown herself to be a ‘Lady made of Iron’. It’s not how you cope when the tide is flowing your way; it’s how you cope when it’s flowing against you. And I sense that she begins 2018 in a far better place than most would have imagined 7 months ago. To me, all those (including the journalists and commentators) who have been part of the the baying mob look rather ‘smaller’ people than they did.
We all know that Brexit will remain a defining issue. There remain many retainers. And much of our media will give massive coverage to them, or anyone, and any report supporting their desire to reverse the referendum vote to Leave, casually damaging the British interest at the same time. For example, very few had heard of Lord Adonis until he resigned from the Gov’t, citing Brexit. Suddenly he was being portrayed as some great guru, though in reality, he jumped before he was pushed, and has never had anyone actually vote for him - ever. But our Prime Minister is not for turning. She has “played a blinder”, and developed a working relationship with the EU negotiators, where the aim is to deliver the best deal for the UK and the EU - ignoring the columns of ill-informed froth. Just getting on with the job. In all of our interests.

Yesterday he entered the question over Trump's visit to the UK

 Don’t normally read the Daily Mail, though do take the Mail on Sunday, along with the Telegraph. But did buy today’s copy - to take advantage of a very generous free gift offer of an Airfix kit. Anyway, it was first time for months that I’ve read anything written by Peter Oborne, who used to write for Spectator and Telegraph. Top class columnist. Always worth a read. Headline today read - “The stench of Labour’s hysteria and hypocrisy over Trump”. Like anyone writing anything which can be read as being on Trump’s side, he has to begin by setting out his opinion of the US President, which I repeat here. “Trump is a narcissistic and absurd figure. He is a racist who retweeted videos posted by Britain First, a fascist organisation that all decent people condemn.”
But he does not, and nor do I agree with the campaign to prevent President Trump visiting the UK. The public attitude of the Mayor of London is particularly short-sighted. Anyone would think he was mid election campaign, when irresponsible attitudes are sometimes struck.  Absolutely not protecting the interests of London. And same goes for a whole lot of others who are keen to be seen as ‘virtuous’ by parading their distaste of Trump. Actually, I have little criticism of those who are not in positions of influence wanting no contact with Trump. Every right to express their opinions. Makes little difference on the international politics plain. It’s the ra
nk hypocrisy of opposition leaders that I find so utterly nauseating.

No its not  the USA is a democracy and just like a true friend is always more critical of mate  who crosses a line than those we have never liked. Those who are opposed to Trump  visit are those who actually have the interest  of the USA at heart who will be protesting against the US President when he eventually comes here.

Finding out that a friend on Facebook is a racist  is always a shock and you are in a dilemma whether to "Unfriend" him or her but its something  you may not have with someone who you don't even personally know whom turns up on your Facebook page.

 Below  2010 interview between Michael D. Higgins, before elected President of Ireland in 2011, and Boston conservative radio host Michael Graham  which went viral, when a YouTube clip of the debate attracting over half a million visitors. (Close to 200,000 of those visits were recorded in the past 48 hours, according to The Irish Times.)


Even before Trump Michael D saw where the US was going .

Ireland elected a wonderful President and the USA a racist and the latter is not welcome here.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Are "Welsh" Labour going to repeat "Stop Rhodri" fiasco?

The Wasting Mule reports that 

 A major row has broken out over the method of electing Welsh Labour’s next leader, with a senior Cabinet minister strongly criticising a decision to retain the current system and the chair of Welsh Labour accusing colleagues of “wilful misrepresentation”.
Labour activists from across Wales have launched a campaign to challenge the decision of the party’s Welsh Executive Committee (WEC) to reject the one member, one vote (OMOV) arrangement now used to elect leaders of the UK Labour Party.
Welsh Labour, however, still uses an electoral college made up of three sections: ordinary members, MPs and AMs and unions and affiliated groups like the Fabian Society.
Opponents of the electoral college system see it as less democratic than OMOV because it gives disproportionate weight to the votes of elected politicians and trade unions.
The Mule claims that
It was used to stop the late Rhodri Morgan becoming leader of Welsh Labour before the first Assembly election in 1999.
That is not entirely  true  certainly had that effect but it was not part of a deliberate design to prevent Rhodri leading the party.

However it is a myth that the electoral college with Trade Union participation gave power to the left.

Indeed it could be argued that much of the Trade Union block votes have been used to prevent the Left taking power in the Labour Party.

Would Jeremy Corbyn have won under a electoral college , probably not and I doubt that the majority of Trade Unions would have backed him.

 Four AMs joined officers from almost half the Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) in Wales at a meeting in Llandrindod Wells at the weekend, which agreed to strive for the right of Welsh Labour conference to make the final decision.

The AMs who attended the meeting in Llandrindod Wells were Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford, former Counsel General Mick Antoniw, Mike Hedges and Julie Morgan.

Mr Antoniw supports the principle of an electoral college, although not in the form adopted,  but to its credit believes the WEC should not have made a final decision.

The other three support OMOV. Officers from 19 CLPs and two affiliated socialist societies also took part.

Its not for me to to tell the Labour Party, how it should elect its leader.

 But would it not be  to their benefit to elect a leader in Wales who has the support of the  majority members?

In 1999 at the first Assembly elections , riding high on the first Blair  1997 landslide and with the Tories wiped out in Wales . Labour should have won a majority,

But its  rejection of the popular Rhodri Morgan  for  Alun Michael saw Plaid  take votes and seats from them.

The Tories were still far of a recovery


Parties Additional member system Total seats
Constituency Region
Votes  % +/− Seats +/− Votes  % +/− Seats +/− Total +/−  %

Labour 384,671 37.6 N/A 27 N/A 361,657 35.4 N/A 1 N/A 28 N/A 46.7

Plaid Cymru 290,572 28.4 N/A 9 N/A 312,048 30.5 N/A 8 N/A 17 N/A 28.3

Conservative 162,133 15.8 N/A 1 N/A 168,206 16.5 N/A 8 N/A 9 N/A 15.0

Liberal Democrats 137,857 13.5 N/A 3 N/A 128,008 12.5 N/A 3 N/A 6 N/A 10.0

Green 1,002 0.1 N/A 0 N/A 25,858 2.5 N/A 0 N/A 0 N/A 0

Socialist Labour - - - - - 10,720 1.0 N/A 0 N/A 0 N/A 0

Natural Law - - - - - 3,861 0.4 N/A 0 N/A 0 N/A 0

United Socialist 3,967 0.4 N/A 0 N/A 3,590 0.4 N/A 0 N/A 0 N/A 0

Communist 609 0.1 N/A 0 N/A 1,366 0.1 N/A 0 N/A 0 N/A 0

Independent 30,554 3.0 N/A 0 N/A - - - - - 0 N/A 0

Independent Labour 4,134 0.4 N/A 0 N/A - - - - - 0 N/A 0

Others 7,736 0.8 N/A 0 N/A 4,673 0.5 N/A 0 N/A 0 N/A 0
Total 1,023,225

40 1,019,987
20
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 If it was not seen as the London Hierarchy as imposing Michael as leader in Wales , who knows what would have happened.

At the moment there does not seem to be any potential candidate with Rhodri Morgan's popularity and no Corbynlike left AM waiting in the wings  so maybe the choice of how to elect the leader in Wales will not result in a repeat of the 1997 fiasco.

But it would be fun to see it.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Why does Farage want a second referendum?

Nigel Farage said he has changed his mind on holding second Brexit referendum.

The former UKIP leader told Channel 5's The Wright Stuff that he wanted to put any doubt over the issue to bed and 'kill the issue for a generation'.

So why is putting this forward now?

Well he could be that he genuinely  believes that it is the right thing to do  Before the poll of the 2016 referendum, the former UKIP leader said there would have to be a second vote if Remain won by 52-48.
 
He said: 
“In a 52-48 referendum this would be unfinished business by a long way.
“If the remain campaign win two-thirds to one-third that ends it.”

His prediction came true down to every detail - except the Leave and Remain votes were swapped round.






He believes that those taking the lead for a Second referendum will be even more toxic than those  who will be campaigning to leave
 
"What is for certain is that the Cleggs, the Blairs, the Adonises will never ever ever give up.
"They will go on whinging and whining and moaning all the way through this process.
"So maybe, just maybe, I'm reaching the point of thinking that we should have a second referendum on EU membership... and we may just finish the whole thing off.
"And Blair can disappear off into total obscurity."
 He may be considering that it would split Labour with Jeremy Corbyn having to openly back Brexit and most of the party supporters  and voters who support Remain  openly coming out against the leader that they thought was the man to lead them into number 10 on a socialist platform.

He may just be enjoying mischief making  and causing splits in the Tories which wil see them moving further to the right as those who are openly sticking to the Remain argument.

Far more likely he is simply wanting to get back in the limelight and sitting on the BBC Politics Sofas

In the past t has seemed that he had is own parking place in the Beeb's HQ and he would be almost daily inthe limelight.

The response from the Pery's only real power base outside (Ironically) the EU parliament  the Welsh Assembly was hardly encouraging.
 
We voted to LEAVE the European Union. Now let’s get on with it. I will not support a call for a second referendum.
 His fellow AM was even more forthright.

Nigel Farage’s call for a second referendum is a complete surrender to the Remain campaign. Farage has clearly been bought off by the Establishment. He's no longer the spokesman for Leave, and he is no kind of a spokesman for . The party should now move to swiftly expel him.

It seems that Ukip in Wales have moved on from Farage and are fast having a bunker mentality what with UKip exclusion of  new AM in record time and calls for their former "beloved leader" to be expelled,

Personally although I though  believing  that Brexit will be nothing but a disaster  and leaving us in the grips of far right Tories I have been against a second referendum

Partly because I believe it will start a precedent  that will see attempts to do the same if Scotland votes for Independence and the establishment would do every thing to destabilise the process in betwwen

But I accept that the current circumstance in which Parliament  seems to be required to rubber stamp  anything May's negotiators  come up with is unaccessable.

If MP decide that a deal or no deal is unacceptable and vote against it. Then some kind  of vote on the deal in a referendum (if not to Remain) should be put to the people.


















 

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Quasi-Colonialism in Wales from both Tories and Labour

Oh dear! Labour politicians are  having more than a whiff of hypocrisy  when it was revealed that the Conservatives had appointed an MP from Yorkshire, Stuart Andrew, as a minister in the Welsh Office.

Because they at the same time were making  the insulting move of replacing  outgoing MP Stephen Kinnock on Westminster’s Welsh Affairs Committee was another Yorkshire MP, Thelma Walker.

At least Mr Andrews has some Welsh credentials  He grew up in the Isle of Anglesey in Wales, and later attended Ysgol David Hughes in Menai Bridge.(about the same time as Plaid AM Rhun ap Iorwerth.


He  was first elected as a Conservative councillor in Wrexham in 1995. He then stood as a Conservative candidate in the 1997 Parliamentary election in Wrexham. In 1998 whilst still serving as a councillor he defected to the Labour Party, citing issues with the "direction of the party".[3]
Two years after losing his council seat, he rejoined the Conservative Party and moved to Leeds. He served as a Leeds City Council Councillor from 2003–2010, initially representing the Aireborough ward, and following boundary changes representing the Guiseley and Rawdon ward. He was elected as Member of Parliament for Pudsey in Yorkshire the general election on 6 May 2010.

Labour AM however is right when he tweeted
 
It's not about where you are from, but where you represent and who you are accountable, that matters
For some reason Hh seems to be silent on tha appointment of Mrs Walker, a former headteacher,  who does not seem to have any Welsh connections whatsoever  and seems to see her remitas  including her native Yorkshire

She said:

 "I believe that my Yorkshire constituency and many Welsh constituencies face lots of the same issues. From farming and the impacts of Brexit, to issues with transport and broadband speeds.
"I will be a voice for Yorkshire, but also for communities in Wales who are equally affected by this government's austerity driven agenda.
"I would be more than happy to step aside if one of my Welsh Labour colleagues would like the opportunity to be on the committee, but in the mean-time I felt it was important the committee had full membership."

Though she seems reluctant to share this news on her Facebook page. 

I wonder what the Yorkshire Party feel about it. I suspect they would prefer their MP to represent Yorkshire rather than pretend to represent the  interest of Wales.

Mind you  at least they at least  showing some interest in Wales unlike Stephen Kinnock


Plaid Cymru parliamentary leader Liz Saville Roberts said:

"It is disappointing that the Labour Party, with 28 Welsh MPs, can't fill four seats on the Welsh affairs committee.

"Stephen Kinnock didn't turn up to a single meeting in this Parliament, so he has set a low bar for his successor. But to replace him with an MP from Yorkshire to serve on a committee dealing with the affairs of Wales is an insult to the people who voted for the Labour Party in the election.

"Serving on the Welsh affairs committee is a privilege and I find it surprising that not a single Labour MP from Wales felt able to take up the opportunity to represent their party and their country on the committee."

As Nation Cymru points out .

Although perhaps shorter of Welsh MPs than Labour, the Conservatives have little excuse. A Welsh MP, Guto Bebb of Aberconwy, made way for Stuart Andrew.
But Welsh Labour’s inability to find another Welsh MP to sit on the Welsh Affairs Committee is inexcusable. They are in possession of 28 of Wales’ 40 constituencies.
There are at least six Welsh Labour MPs that only sit on one committee in the House of Commons:
  • Jo Stevens – Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
  • Stephen Doughty – Home Affairs Committee
  • Chris Evans – Public Accounts Committee
  • Susan Jones  – Petitions Committee
  • Ian Lucas – Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
  • Albert Owen – Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee
It should be noted that Thelma Walker is already on the education committee, so she is taking the second committee on despite the fact that six Welsh Labour MPs are only on one.

However it is our fault for electing  Politicians like Stephen Kinnock Wales  for whom their constituency is merely a vehicle for starting their Parliamentary  career.

How much longer can we put up with a Quasi-Colonialist  attitude from the two major unionist parties and give both Labour and Tories  the boot.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

UKip exclude new AM in record time.

Ukip in Wales ( it seems pointles to even consider calling them Welsh Ukip) may well have broken some UK record with the news that newly-sworn in North Wales AM Mandy Jones will not be sitting with the UKIP group due to a row over her choice of staff, the party has announced.

She replaced Nathan Gill, who stepped down in December to devote his energies to the European Parliament.

The UKIP group said it would be "impossible" to work with Ms Jones as some of her staff had "campaigned actively for other parties".
Ms Jones said: "My politics have not changed and I remain a member of UKIP."

She said she found out she had been kicked out of party's Assembly group - led by Neil Hamilton - when she was handed a press release during a meeting with Assembly Presiding Officer Elin Jones.

She was third on Ukip’s  after Nathan Gill and Michelle Brown who were elected on regional list at the 2016, so next in line and under the Assembly’s partially proportional electoral system there was no need for a by-election.

Tough it is unclear whether  a party are obliged to accept the next line

She said she was “shocked, upset and appalled” to be told that she should dismiss the staff members previously employed by Mr Gill.
A former shepherd and the mother of four grown-up children, Ms Jones, who lives near Corwen, said: 

“Nathan Gill contacted me a while ago and told me that he intended to resign his seat and that under Assembly rules I would take over.
“I then had a dinner in north Wales with Neil and Christine Hamilton. They were charming, but it was mentioned to me that I shouldn’t reappoint Nathan’s staff and that they would help me to get staff
 of my own.
“I was very conscious of the fact that I needed people to help me through the transition. Assembly officials told me that Nathan’s staff members had a good work ethic. I was happy to take them on to help me. Otherwise I would have been totally unsupported.
“I couldn’t believe it when I was given an ultimatum. Before the group meeting on Monday evening the other Ukip AMs were all friendly towards me, so I wasn’t prepared for the nastiness. I didn’t sack the staff in line with the ultimatum, but I only found out they had excluded me from the group during a meeting with the Presiding Officer Elin Jones when I was shown the statement. I was shocked, upset and appalled.
“My politics haven’t changed, but after their behaviour I wouldn’t want to work with such a bunch of people. All my energy will be put into representing the interests of the people of North Wales.”

A UKIP statement issued on Tuesday morning said:

 "After discussions with Mandy Jones, AM for North Wales, we have collectively and unanimously decided that she will not be joining the UKIP Group in the National Assembly.
"Despite being asked by all five members of the Group not to do so, she has chosen to employ individuals in her office who are either members of, or have recently campaigned actively for, other parties, or both.
"They have been personally and publicly abusive to some of the UKIP AMs and sought deliberately to undermine UKIP Wales.
"Their behaviour and attitude makes it impossible to work with Mandy Jones on a basis of confidence and trust."

The statement added:

 "The UKIP Wales Group are united in this decision.
"We shall continue speaking against the cosy Cardiff Bay political consensus through our dedicated team of five Assembly Members."
Maybe Ukip jhave a case 
 
Llyr Powell, one of the four Nathan Gill staff members taken over by Ms Jones, said: 

“We are all on temporary contracts. I’m the one most disliked by Neil Hamilton and [his wife] Christine. I had a Twitter spat with her around 18 months ago.”
Asked whether he was now a member of the Conservative Party, Mr Powell said: 
“I plead the Fifth Amendment.”
One wonders if Ms Jones has been contacted by Nathan Gill and advised  how her three years until she loses her seat in the next Assembly elections could be uses to her advantage.

 Vaughan Roderick, BBC Welsh Affairs Editor commented

For a journalist, UKIP sometimes seems like the gift that keeps on giving.
On the one hand, the party can claim - justifiably - that it's achieved its main aim with the vote for Brexit. On the other hand, its internal machinations and personality clashes are seemingly endless.
Party members may have been hoping that Nathan Gill's departure from the assembly would bring about at least a semblance of unity in Cardiff Bay.
But the decision by his successor Mandy Jones to re-appoint his staff has torpedoed that prospect.
UKIP's success in the 2016 assembly election when they returned seven members is beginning to look like the party's high water mark in Wales. They're now left with a group of five, one of whom - Gareth Bennett - is banned from speaking in the Senedd.
The party's decision not to field a candidate in the Alyn and Deeside by-election is being presented as a mark of respect but, given that the seat was the party's top target two yearsago, it's also a sign of how far the purple tide has receded.
Still it brings the Assembly  into distribute so it was welcome to see that 3 weeks after being diagnosed with stage 4 cancerand 2 weeks after his operation.  Plaid AM Streffan Lewis was back at work in the Assembly speaking on reaction yo the Brexit negotiations.

We need more AM's like him not self serving  Ukip members  who are prepared to see their lucrative positions out until l their are wiped out in the2021 Assembly Elections.