Saturday, 19 August 2017

How Leanne's Gaff somehow proves she was right.

It was clearly wrong for Plaid Cymru Leader to speculate on the nature of the Terrorist attack  in Barcelona she tweeted .

LeanneWood  @LeanneWood
Ofnadwy / terrible. Is this more far right terrorism? My thoughts are with all those affected. 
6:45 PM - Aug 17, 2017

Though I imagine that a fair number of Politicians   speculated that it was an Islamist who carried out this vile attack

But the response from other quarters  was extraordinary

 Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies, who had tweeted it was "sickening" to hear of the attack in Barcelona, said it was "unbelievable" Ms Wood had speculated it might be linked to a far-right group.His fellow Tory assembly member Janet Finch-Saunders said the comments were "at best poorly timed and ill-judged, at worst cynical and morally depraved".
"Politicising terror so fresh after an attack can never be acceptable, and only adds to the hysteria and toxicity of debate.
"As leader of a so-called progressive party, she should show some contrition by issuing an immediate apology and, if she doesn't, I think she should resign."
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A tweet from UKIP Wales said: "Absolutely outrageous smear against UKIP which you have called 'far-right' countless times. How dare you associate us with murderers!"
Later, UKIP's Senedd group leader Neil Hamilton said it was a "gross insult" to more than 130,000 people who voted for the party in the 2016 assembly election.
"Leanne Wood is clearly not fit for purpose," he said.
"She is an embarrassment not only to Plaid Cymru but to the whole of Wales."

So are they objecting to the use of the term "Far Right"  they can't be identifying with the term  that has been linked to  Charlottesvile  where the young man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of people protesting a white supremacist rally was fascinated with Nazism, idolised Adolf Hitler, and had been singled out by school officials in the 9th grade for his "deeply held, radical" convictions on race, a former high school teacher said Sunday surley

Maybe they think there is a difference between Far Right and Fascism but I don't.

Even worse were the absolutely  vile comments posted on Twitter after Katie Hopkins  tweeted about Leanne's then Gaff.

They are hard to read then perhaps you don't want to

Oddly although Leanne was wrong and should have withdrawn her speculation (Only in it was another vile ideology that carried out the attack) it has given her the opportunity to point out that 

"I am staggered by the reaction to the point that Isis and white supremacism both have far right ideologies driving them.
"Both see their group as superior to others. Both see people who are not in their group fair targets for abuse, violence and even death. Both hate minorities and consider women to be less than men.
"Both believe in using extreme violence to repress people with different views. This is far right/ fascism ideology. How can it not be?"
Ms Wood said she could see how her comments would "upset" people on the far right, saying "the comparison links western racists and white supremacists to their number one hate target and shows them as no better than each other".
She ended her post by saying: 
"While it's important, in my view, to say and keep saying that politics and ideology lie behind these acts of violence, my thoughts are first and foremost with the victims of last night's horror."
Ms Wood also defended her comments in a statement issued by Plaid Cymru later on Friday, describing IS as a "fascist organisation".
"It is driven by an ideology of hatred and violence that scapegoats minorities and considers women to be worth less than men," she said.
"This far-right ideology and the violence that goes with it must be rejected and opposed wherever it rears its head - be it Islamic fundamentalism or white supremacism."
Ms Wood may well have been wrong to speculate which vile ideology  was behind the Barcelona terrorism , but it has given her and the rest of us the opportunity  to compare the likes of ISIS with the Far-Right, Alt Right. Fascists.

Those who are accusing Leanne of "smears" should be distancing themselves from such ideologues. 


  1. Fascists abhor democracy, indiscriminately murder people, oppress women and hate gay people – isis abhors democracy, indiscriminately murders people, oppresses women and hates gay people. Leanne’s point was well made i think.

  2. I tend to agree, and the reaction of UKIP and the tories is at best hysterical and worst shows that they are tainted with the same views.