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Telegraph slammed after claiming the world’s steepest street for England

17 Jul 2019 2 minute read
Ffordd Pen Llech. Picture by Stephen Elwyn Roddick (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Telegraph newspaper has been slammed by a prospective AM after claiming the world’s steepest street, currently placed in Harlech, is in England.

The Telegraph led with the headline “First the Cricket World Cup, now England takes New Zealand’s steepest street crown in equally controversial fashion”.

The Harlech street was declared the steepest in the world after Guinness World Records verified the gradient of Ffordd Pen Llech at 37.45%.

The record was previously held by Baldwin Street in Dunedin for 32 years.

Mabon ap Gwynfor, Plaid Cymru’s candidate in the Dwyfor Meirionnydd constituency, where Harlech is situated, said that the Telegraph’s headline offered a glimpse of things to come post-Brexit.

“This shows a complete lack of awareness on behalf of the Telegraph, that bastion of the Anglo-British establishment,” he said.

“England and Britain are interchangeable to these people, and means only one thing – England, much like the England and Wales Cricket Board only refers to England.

“I fear that this a taste of what we should expect post-Brexit. If this is Wales’ future then independence can’t come soon enough.

“It’s no wonder that the UK is a dying state and its years are numbered. The surprising thing is that the Anglo-British establishment is oblivious to it.

“Harlech has a distinguished position in Wales’ history, and we should celebrate that history and the fact that Harlech is a proud Welsh town.”

Independent AM Neil McEvoy said that it was “hard to know where to start” on the Telegraph article.

“There is no ‘Britain’ cricket team either,” he said. “Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey all have their own teams. Wales should too.”

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