There were heated scenes yesterday as protesters staged a demonstration outside a newly-opened UK Independence Party shop and cafe.
|Worst Cafe in Wales?|
"Around 30 people gathered outside the shop on Glebe Street in Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The Cardiff South and Penarth constituency, which has been held by Labour for decades, is said to be one of Ukip’s target seats"
Which is optimistic seeing they came 5th in the 2012 Byelection
|Cardiff South and Penarth by-election, 2012|
|Labour Co-op||Stephen Doughty||9,193||47.3||+8.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Bablin Molik||2,103||10.8||−11.5|
|Plaid Cymru||Luke Nicholas||1,854||9.5||+5.3|
|Socialist Labour||Andrew Jordan||235||1.2||N/A|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing||+8.4|
At the same time
One protester said:
I was walking home the other day and I saw this UKIP shop opening up and I was horrified. This my town which I love.
“We’re surrounded by people who are all absolutely appalled that they will be opening. We don’t want this happening in our town. It’s a disgrace.”
The Ukip Parliamentary candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth said: “
As regards what is happening outside here I think it is fabulous that people from all sorts of different political persuasions can express their views and that’s the reason we have opened a cafe here in Penarth because we don’t just want to chat to people who already agree with us.There you are Ukip are nice democrats who are wiling to listen to us
“If I get elected, I’m not only going to be representing the views and interests of people who have voted for me, I’m going to be representing everybody. So I’m really keen that people come along irrespective of their political leanings and share their ideas with us about who they believe Britain should be better governed.”
One person they may not listen to is former Plaid Leader Dafydd Wigley.
Now Plaid Cymru election coordinator and former party leader Dafydd Wigley has fired a broadside at Ukip as activists prepare for a showdown at the polls in May.
Lord Wigley claimed that both Plaid and Ukip supporters may be “frustrated” with the Westminster establishment but insisted the two parties had nothing in common.
[The] thought of Nigel Farage having his finger on the nuclear trigger fills me with apoplexy.”
Lord Wigley said
Wales could not ignore the Ukip dimension” but argued the party’s goal to take the UK out of the European Union was “diametrically opposed” to Welsh interests.
“We receive far more money from the European Union, by way of the Objective One money, the convergence funds and now the European Structural Funds coming to Wales [than] we pay in. Our agricultural sector is 80% dependent on the European Union. “It would be absolutely crazy for Wales to turn our back on Europe which provides such assistance.”
“The reality is that Ukip merely want to see all these powers go to Westminster: they want to see Westminster strengthened – Plaid Cymru wants to see Westminster with fewer powers over Wales.”
Mr Wigley said the choice facing people in Wales was:
“More Westminster or less Westminster telling us what to do?”
“Don’t give me that drivel, Mr Farage, about London looking after our well-being; we know the historic facts – and we know how this continues today. We feel the daily consequences in terms of squeezed public services, of how London has consistently refused to put right the shortfall of the Barnett block.Somehow I think if Dafydd fancies a cup of coffee in Penarth there's one cafe he will be avoiding.
“We can’t trust London now more than we have been able to do so in the past. And having Mr Farage there in No 10 does nothing, nothing at all, to raise our hopes of doing better.”