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SNP MP ribbed for salty ‘Wales still a principality’ jibe after falling to one point rugby loss

13 Feb 2021 2 minute read
Stewart McDonald. Picture by David Woolfall (CC BY 3.0).

An SNP MP has been ribbed online after he issued a salty response to Wales’ unexpected win over Scotland at Murrayfield in the Six Nations.

Stewart McDonald, the SNP’s Spokesperson for Defence, reacted to Scotland’s loss by saying “Oh well. They’re still a principality.”

Parts of west Wales and the north-east of Wales constituted the Principality of Wales after the country’s conquest in 1284, but this arrangement ended in the 16th century.

His response stood in contrast to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who said she was “muting all my Plaid Cymru pals for the rest of the night” but said “congratulations” to the Welsh rugby team.

Wales won 24-25 Scotland thanks to two tries from Louis Rees-Zammit, and one each from Wyn Jones and Liam Williams.

Think you need a few words with Nicola Sturgeon regarding your tweet and how insulting and damaging it is to Wales,” Adam Bebb said.

Stewart McDonald’s tweet was met with an unimpressed response on Twitter with Welsh rugby fans surprised than an SNP MP would attempt to put Wales down.

“This is an incredibly insulting statement about Cymru,” Christina Morgan said. “You, an SNP MP, should know better than to diminish my nation’s standing.

“Our countries are meant to be standing together against Westminster control. You are a poor loser and stooping to insults.”

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