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Calls to boycott under fire Cardiff Bay pub for Abolish poster in window

16 Apr 2021 2 minutes Read
The Packet pub in Cardiff Bay. Picture by @Simon1927 / Twitter

A Cardiff pub has come under fire for displaying an Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party poster in its window.

Critics of The Packet, which has been a favourite watering hole of Senedd staff, include outgoing Plaid Cymru MS Bethan Sayed.

It describes itself as “friendly” and as “one of the last remaining traditional pubs left in Cardiff Bay”.

There has been a fierce backlash on social media from people who believe the move to indicate support for a party that wants to scrap Wales’ national parliament is unpatriotic.

The Packet is a Brains’ Partnership pub where the facilities, drinks and food menus are decided by the brewery firm’s partner, who runs the pub as their own business.

The company describes itself as “fiercely proud to be a Welsh, family-run business” on its website.

Bethan Sayed said: “Lots of Senedd staff went there. Never will again.”

Meurig Parri said: “There’s 3 weeks before the election. Time for people to go round our Capital City and note every business which puts these revolting ‘Abolish’ posters in their windows. Then we will know where we don’t want to spend our money.”

Keith Parry said: “Not a very bright policy few hundred meters from Senedd!”

Former Chief Special Adviser to the Welsh Government, Matt Greenough said: “That’s an interesting business decision. It’s a bit like the Red Lion in Westminster deciding to fly an anarchist flag.”

Steve Grant said: “Not sure Brains would necessarily be keen on their managers/tenants expressing political opinions as it instantly tends to restrict your client base. Not exactly a good plan for a pub, particularly at these times!”

Catrin Jones said: “Bit of a strange thing to do if it’s a Brains pub. Don’t they pride themselves in being all things Welsh!? Have a word!”

Meilyr Hedd said: “Never drinking here again.”

Craig Griffith said: “Stupidest pub in Wales.”

Sarah Rees said: “Well that’s the way to close your business.”

On the Brains website it says: “We are fiercely proud to be a Welsh, family-run business with a long history and are committed to providing the very best of Wales, the best beer, the best pubs and the best working environment.”

The Packet and Brains have been contacted for a response.

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Captain Beany
7 months ago

As a political Independent candidate in Cardiff West, may I also allow the public house to place my very own campaign poster along side? – CAPTAIN BEANY

CJPh
CJPh
7 months ago
Reply to  Captain Beany

Finally! The hero we need!

Johnny Gamble
Johnny Gamble
7 months ago
Reply to  Captain Beany

You will have my vote any day Captain over the Abolish Loons.

David Wall
David Wall
7 months ago

Keith Parry said: “Not a very bright policy few hundred meters from Senedd!”

Were you referring to gas meters of just not very good at spelling Mr Parry.. 🤣

Richard Davies
Richard Davies
7 months ago

Attaching posters to promote a political party, is one thing, but Abolish are an aggressive regressive anti-Welsh/Wales hate group on the same level as the racist BNP & UKIP, and close behind are the idiocratic English extremophile Conservative party in London whose hostile actions towards Wales and its Senedd is reminiscent of English colonialism at its worse. Abolish not only hold repugnant views about Wales as a nation, its right to self-government and home-rule, but want to not only to abolish our Senedd Cymru, overrule our Welsh Government competency, but favour eradicating the Welsh language, our sporting representation, culture, but… Read more »

Bo Hughes
Bo Hughes
7 months ago

You are disgrace, we are supposed live in a free country where people centre vote for tho they want without this treatment. Get a bloody grip!

Johnny Gamble
Johnny Gamble
7 months ago
Reply to  Bo Hughes

What exactly is disgraceful about it! As you quite rightly said this is a free Country and people have every right to know about this. Are you implying that support for The Abolish the Assembly Party should be censored.

Richard Davies
Richard Davies
7 months ago
Reply to  Bo Hughes

So you condone the message this anti-Welsh hate group promotes. A group that abuse women, Leanne Wood, on Twitter. I pity you.

May I point out. Supporters of Abolish have stated their favour of removing Wales right to nationhood and have even called for our national Rugby & Football teams status to be removed.

Richard Davies
Richard Davies
7 months ago
Reply to  Bo Hughes

PS. A free country does not mean we have the right to put up a posters with Anti-Semitic tropes on. The right to deny access to rented accommodation , quoting: “No Dogs. Blacks or Irish ” as done in the 1960s., or the freedom to put wooden blocks that read “Welsh-Not ” around Welsh children’s necks, effectively posters, as done by Westminster in the 18th, 19th & 20th century. Stop using freedom as an excuse. Abolish, as do the Brexit party, UKIP and BNP before them, hold disgusting views and ideology, not only about immigrants & minorities, but towards Wales… Read more »

Johnny Gamble
Johnny Gamble
7 months ago

It’s important to make everyone aware that the last person in Europe who abolished devolved Government was Adolf Hitler. The Enabling Act of 1933 abolished The Lander Parliaments of The Former Weimar Republic.

Alun
Alun
7 months ago

Inexplicable decision. Apart from all the Senedd staff and members who must use the pub in normal times they may be underestimating the number of people who regularly visit the Bay for work reasons just because the Senedd is there. They obviously don’t want our custom anymore, so I certainly won’t be giving it to them.

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