England ‘born and bred’ Liz Saville Roberts hits back at Labour’s ‘Plaid blame the English’ jibe

Liz Saville-Roberts. Picture by Plaid Cymru. First Minister Mark Drakeford AM. Mark Hawkins / Alamy Stock Photo.

The leader of Plaid Cymru at Westminster, Liz Saville-Roberts, has hit back at a claim by First Minister Mark Drakeford that Plaid Cymru attempted to blame the English for Wales’ problems.

The Welsh Labour First Minister made the comments while launching a new ‘Reforming the Union’ plan to prevent the break-up of the United Kingdom after Brexit.

“Our emancipation is not one based on framing other nations as the enemy: whether that be by Boris Johnson’s attempt to demonise the European Union, or Plaid Cymru’s attempt to blame the English for all our present discontents,” he said.

But Dwynfor Meirionnydd MP Liz Saville-Roberts hit back, saying that Mark Drakeford was clutching at straws.

“I’m south England born and bred, and yet lead Plaid Cymru in Westminster,” she said. “Does he want to match PM Johnson in a blame game?”

Plaid Cymru’s candidate for Ynys Môn, Aled ap Dafydd, also waded into the debate, saying that he “thought our First Minister was careful with his words”.

I was mistaken. My Plaid Cymru supporting mother was born and bred in London.”

 

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Annwyn Lewis
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Annwyn Lewis

Welsh Labour are as blue as the Tories and I wouldn’t vote for one of them. Welsh Labour would sell us down the river just like our Tory Party. Plaid is the only party for Wales at the moment and the only party that I would vote for except in a general election I would have to vote tactically to stop Boris and Brexit.

Dewi Evans
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Dewi Evans

Annwyn. Best way of stopping Boris. Plaid Cymru. Next best option. Plaid Cymru. Ad infinitum. Byth bythoedd.

Richard Lydiard
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Richard Lydiard

No goto get Labour out of government in the bay..they have wrecked the NHS in Wales!..and everything else..

Minydon
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Minydon

Unfortunately if you read some of the comments on the plaids face book page and some other pro independence
face book groups, the vast majority of the commentators on it do them to blame the English for everything. And so do Plaid, unless we stop harking on about past wrongs, of which there are many, we will never move on to be the independent self assured nation we all know we can be. As for labour, they have done nothing for Wales just used it as a safe seat machine, so maybe its best they kept quiet.

jr humphrys
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jr humphrys

Drakeford, we blame your lot!

John
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John

I’m English by birth with no known Welsh ancestry and proud to be a supporter of Plaid. Adam Price has been both careful and inclusive in describing it as the Party for all citizens of Wales and I take this to mean those who have decided to invest their lives in the country. However, press accounts of Dorling’s research conclusions have attributed comments such as “English settlers” being responsible for the overall Leave vote in Wales, while areas that are “more Welsh” ( a description seemingly based on first language) voted predominantly Remain (as opposed to those where there are… Read more »

Simon Gruffydd
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Simon Gruffydd

Punch and Judy politics. It’s all we get these days. On all sides. What a waste of time and energy. We are not fooled.

Jonathan Gammond
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Jonathan Gammond

I dont know whether Liz Savile Robert’s ever blames the English or not, but saying she was born there is not relevant to Mark Drakeford’s accusation. Surely there are better ways to refute in detail such a remark.

Peter Jones
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Peter Jones

Liz comes across as more Royal than the Royals!

Rhiannon Barrar
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Rhiannon Barrar

Adam Price has said that the citizens of Wales must take ownership of our problems and take charge of solving them. Westminster will not so we must .

Welsh and British
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Welsh and British

Had former plaid Cymru leader as my teacher in Llandysul Grammar school.. total and utter racist anti english nut job. .. they still spout tosh, are only the 4th biggest party in Wales, yet dominate the Welsh political headlines with utter garbage half the time.
Only Ben Lake MP talks any sense.

CapM
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CapM

I don’t think any former Plaid Cymru leader taught at Llandysul Grammar School.
I am aware that a former Plaid Cymru politician taught at Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi.
Maybe you’ve mis-remembered being taught by a “total and utter racist anti english nut job”
Or perhaps mis-remembered what school you went to.

Huw Davies
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Huw Davies

he’s probably recalling Cynog – I believe he taught there decades ago. However he was NOT anti English, racist, or a nut job. Dare I say it might have been useful had he been less welcoming to some of the colonialist scumbags that turned up in Dyffryn Teifi and North Sir Gar in 70’s and 80’s posing as Greens.

Jill of the South
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Jill of the South

“Dare I say it might have been useful had he been less welcoming to some of the colonialist scumbags that turned up in Dyffryn Teifi and North Sir Gar in 70’s and 80’s posing as Greens.”

Typical Gwlad Ein Gwlad foot soldier Monsewer Huw ‘Dafis’ Davies

Cynog Dafis would not have won Ceredigion for the Plaid Cymru/Green alliance in 1982 had it not been for the colonialist scumbags that turned up in Dyffryn Teifi and North Sir Gar in 70s and 80s posing as Greens.

Jill of the South
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Jill of the South

1992 Correction

Huw Davies
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Huw Davies

Another correction for you – I am not associated with EG in any way. There again, jumping to conclusions and making it up as you go along seems to be your default behaviour.

John Evans
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John Evans

what was the name? Just curious as to which former leader this would have been.