‘Get a new joke’: Spectator diary editor criticised over Welsh language jibe
An editor at the Spectator has been told to “get a new joke” after seeming to suggest that the Welsh language is made of random letters.
The magazine’s Diary Editor, James Heale, was responding to an accidental nonsense tweet by Labour Deputy Leader Angela Rayner which read ‘M nbchffgy. Nhfyohreuhhuijh’. She later deleted the tweet.
James Heale however uploaded a screenshot of her mistake to Twitter with the caption: “Labour campaign to win in Wales going well.”
Labour campaign to win in Wales going well pic.twitter.com/OHYTsjYFwR
— James Heale (@JAHeale) July 22, 2021
The joke did not go down well with Labour’s candidate in Dwyfor Meirionnydd in the Senedd election, Cian Ireland, responding: “Get a new joke challenge.”
“Wow amazing. Original. Show stopping. Give this man all the awards,” responded another.
“About as funny as gonorrhea,” responded another.
It’s not the first time the Spectator has been at the centre of controversy about the Welsh language. Rod Liddle, who complained in the magazine in 2018 that joking about the Welsh language was “treated like a hate crime”, is a regular columnist.