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UKIP candidate condemned for racist slurs against Welsh Labour leadership candidate Vaughan Gething

23 Jan 2024 5 minute read
Ukip candidate Stan Robinson (L) with the co-founder of the Voice of Wales group, convicted fraudster Dan Morgan.

Martin Shipton

A far right activist who will be standing as a Ukip candidate in this year’s general election has been strongly condemned after making racist slurs against Welsh Labour leadership candidate Vaughan Gething in an online video.

Stan Robinson, who will be seeking election in Llanelli, is co-founder of the Voice of Wales group with convicted fraudster Dan Morgan.

In a video posted online, the pair joke about the candidacy of Mr Gething, the Welsh Government’s Economy Minister, who is standing against Education Minister Jeremy Miles for the right to succeed Mark Drakeford as Welsh Labour leader and First Minister in March.

In the video, Mr Robinson describes Mr Gething as “tinted” and a “mock diversity” candidate. He also derides Mr Gething for saying that if he wins the election he will be the first Black national leader in Europe.

At the end of his video conversation with Mr Morgan, Mr Robinson announces facetiously that he will “black up” for dinner.

Shocking

A Llanelli Labour source said: “It is shocking that someone standing for election to Parliament should engage in such racist behaviour. The comments made in this video hark back to the prejudices of the 1950s and are totally unacceptable. These people are doing their best to stir up racial hatred and it shouldn’t be tolerated.”

In his profile on Voice of Wales’ website, Mr Robinson boasts about being involved in a notorious strike-breaking campaign aimed at destroying unions in the print industry and supporting the right of cricketers to play in apartheid-era South Africa at a time when former Neath MP Peter Hain was leading a sports boycott campaign aimed at toppling the country’s racist regime.

Nation.Cymru has reported previously how Mr Robinson’s Voice of Wales sidekick Dan Morgan received a six months jail sentence suspended for 12 months for his involvement in an insurance scam that robbed hundreds of ordinary people of their savings.

Swansea Crown Court heard how a call centre was set up to con people on the back of the PPI scandal. It was responsible for an astonishing 53 million scam phone messages.

The fraudsters promised big payouts in connection with mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance policies but in reality their aim was simply to get victims’ credit card details and steal money from them.

Hundreds of people paid up to £550 each after being tricked by the call centre staff into believing they were due substantial PPI refunds, with many of the victims of the scam being elderly and vulnerable.

Six defendants, including Morgan, were convicted at trial in January 2023 but the trial could not be reported at that time due to reporting restrictions ahead of a second trial of their co-accused. All the remaining defendants subsequently pleaded guilty.

Fraud

Judge Huw Rees said the call centre operation had been a “deliberate, planned fraud carefully structured and fraudulent from its inception” and at the heart of the conspiracy lay the defendants’ greed which “overrode any compassion or concern” for the victims. He told the defendants they had routinely misled people about the prospect of PPI refunds and peddled “blatant lies” on the phones, noting the lies “tripped easily off the tongue” for them. He said not only had the fraud affected individual victims who had been left with a feeling of “violation” but had affected the wider public’s respect and confidence in the industry.

Nine admitted conspiracy to commit fraud, six – including Morgan – were convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud following a trial and one admitted money laundering.

In 2021 YouTube removed two channels jointly run by Morgan and Stan Robinson because of their racist content. Welsh politicians and race equality groups condemned the Voice of Wales channel for airing interviews with The Proud Boys, an American far-right group that has been outlawed in Canada, and controversial figures such as former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson.

Organised crime

A week before Christmas 2023, Ukip organised a party at Stamps, a bar in Llanelli whose licence had been challenged by the police because of its alleged links to organised crime.

Entertainment at the party was provided by local comedian Tommy G, 34, who, under his real name Geraint Thomas, was given a nine-month prison sentence suspended for two years in September 2023 after pleading guilty to the crime of malicious communications. The charge arose out of a video he made that targetted a female police officer with “prolonged” sexist and ageist comments which caused her a significant amount of distress.

In April 2023 Stamps was refused a licence transfer by Carmarthenshire councillors after police said some of the people linked to the bar had criminal convictions, including one who was said to have been the “right hand man” in a major conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Dyfed-Powys Police objected to the granting of a new licence on several grounds. It said one individual linked to the application was one of nine who had admitted their part in a conspiracy to supply cocaine in 2020 following a five-month undercover police investigation called Operation Elegant. Police said the Class A drug – more than 2kg of which was seized – was transported between Swansea, Pontarddulais and Llanelli.

The decision notice issued by Carmarthenshire County Council stated: “The sub-committee noted that the police rarely objected to such applications and that the convictions outlined in the police evidence were both serious and numerous. There were clear connections between the applicant and those linked with organised crime. This, combined with the recent incidents at the premises, suggests to the sub-committee that exceptional circumstances did exist in this case.”

Magistrates, however, later granted Stamps a licence to operate with conditions.


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Catherine
Catherine
27 days ago

Disgusting.
Just utterly gross….and their comments fly in the face of how people in Cymru treat race. I know there are racists here, even neo-Nazis, but they are a minority.
Cymru has no time for racism.

Broadwater Broadside
Broadwater Broadside
26 days ago
Reply to  Catherine

The racism etc is encouraged. It doesn’t win any votes but UKIP isn’t about votes, only about maintaining the illusion UKIP still exists as a political entity. All about maintaining UKIP Big Boss Mr Ben Walker in the lifestyle to which he has now become accustomed. Well-meaning articles like this help him by deflecting attention away from the money. It is all about the money.
I wonder if the Ex-Deputy Leader somehow got a hint of what was going on.

blcollier
blcollier
27 days ago

The problem is not that these people have any kind of platform to air their views, or that they are free to stand as candidates. The problem is that their vile rhetoric has an audience. Doesn’t matter how many times they get banned from major social media or video platforms, they will find new ways to reach their audience. The best way (IMO) isn’t to try and ban or “cancel” them, but quite the opposite: shine a spotlight on them. Expose their views and rhetoric to everyone. Challenge them on what they mean when they use words like “tinted” to… Read more »

Johnny Gamble
Johnny Gamble
26 days ago
Reply to  blcollier

You are right in what you are saying when these people get banned on social media platforms they usually start up again under a different name.Even if social media organisations Sus these people out they will always find a safe haven on platforms such as Parler or Gab.
Even if this organisation claims to be based in Cymru you will find that the bulk of their followers are from outside Cymru and even the UK for that matter.

Richard Davies
Richard Davies
26 days ago
Reply to  blcollier

You are right with everything you’ve said but it must be carefully done. Some will see these reprobates being given a platform and believe their point of view is legitimate because they are given a platform.

ENGLAND RULES
ENGLAND RULES
8 days ago
Reply to  blcollier

Watch https://cfdownes.uk/answer-time-llanelli-with-ukip-and-vow and see who is presiding. The pair of VOW grifters is given a platform by Ukip but they haven’t wondered “why”. If they could work it out, they might sing a different tune and demand a share. They are puppets of an ENGLISH GRIFTER who needs to pretend UKIP is still in existence so the Ukip Chairman can get all the money, legacies mainly? I’m waiting for the resigned Deputy Leader Rebekkah, who wrote all he wanted was to bed her, to reveal the whats-app message where he laughs at how easy it’s to trick the Welsh. https://www.searchlightmagazine.com/2024/02/ukip-feud-rebecca-jane-pours-petrol-on-the-flames

Erisian
Erisian
27 days ago

As far I’m concerned there’s no need to wait for a UKIP representative or voter to say ir do anything offensive. They are an offense to decency already.

Broadwater Broadside
Broadwater Broadside
26 days ago
Reply to  Erisian

Yes! Even worse as UKIP’s involvement with drug-dealing and people with drugs convictions grows each time I look. Never forget their Sir Benfro cynghorydd Paul Dowson with an arm-long criminal record. UKIP even has an online shop but I couldn’t see where it lists the crack. Cyngor Sir Gaerfyrddin and Heddlu Dyfed–Powy e were right to deny this UKIP pub a licence, so W.T.F. did these idiotaidd ynad interfere? A thought – did one of these dodgy magistrates go by the name of Ben Walker, the corrupt rogue builder and cheat who told your reporter that his five criminal convictions… Read more »

Karl
Karl
26 days ago

UKIP, why do they even exist before or after the brexit crime thye lied about. Time people stood up and told them to go, we won’t take it. They think their words are sublte or clever, nope pure racism.

Broadwater Broadside
Broadwater Broadside
26 days ago
Reply to  Karl

“UKIP, why do they even exist?” TAKEN FROM THE WEBSITE EXPOSING UKIP __ __ UKIP is a rotting corpse but keeps pretending it exists. __ Doing well in elections doesn’t matter to the Charade, so fools like Morgan and Robinson are encouraged __ It is all for only one reason, to maintain the semblance of still being a political party. __ That way, when a legacy left to it gets challenged by an executor or other beneficiary, UKIP has a better chance of winning in court. __ Any legacy money gets directly paid instead to a Trust which controls UKIP,… Read more »

Jeff
Jeff
26 days ago

Anyone voting for ukip now, you know exactly what you are voting for.

Now for the excuses to vote for them “I am not racist but…….”

UK needs a few rallies like the ones in Germany in the last few days against the far right party there, the rallies were huge.

blcollier
blcollier
26 days ago
Reply to  Jeff

“I’m not racist, but I’m going to say something racist.”

“I’m not sexist, but I’m going to say something sexist.”

“I’m not homophobic, but I’m going to say something homophobic.”

“I’m not [racist/sexist/homophobic/insert-as-appropriate], but…” is a lie. They are.

Rhosddu
Rhosddu
26 days ago

“The Voice of Wales”. Lol.

oatmaster
oatmaster
26 days ago
Reply to  Rhosddu

More like the voice of ales!!!

onedragonontheshirt
onedragonontheshirt
26 days ago

UKIP candidate is massive racist… surely not!

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
26 days ago

This is the true face of Ukip. A racist bigoted gaggle of anti-Welsh self-hating numbskulls who are the lowest of the low.

Marc
Marc
26 days ago

The ‘voice of Wales’ if you happen to speak through your backside

Gareth
Gareth
26 days ago

I am aamazed that people in Cymru can vote for parties like UKIP. The only policies they have ever had were Brexit, followed by abolition of the Assembly/ Senedd. They have offered nothing on education, health, employment or social services, and now the only policy seems to be is racism. I am losing hope, when people like the above can attract a following, and gain votes, when they offer us nothing but hate.

cablestreet
cablestreet
26 days ago

The people of Wales sent UKIP a clear message in the last Welsh Government election when they kicked them out. Let’s hope that we. get a repeat performance in the next one. All credit to Nation.Cymru for continuing to highlight what this shower actually stand for.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
26 days ago
Reply to  cablestreet

By our last Senedd election in 2021, voters had looked at Westminster Tories and thought they didn’t need the sideshows anymore. The Tories were deranged enough so we got 16 of them. If voters are still taking their cue from down the road, this year will see the whole circus tent cave in and in two years time here, Welsh voters can finish the job. No support acts and no headline act. The closure of the freakshow.

Broadwater Broadside
Broadwater Broadside
26 days ago

TAKEN FROM THE WEBSITE EXPOSING UKIP __ So why does UKIP still exist? __ UKIP is a rotting corpse but keeps pretending it exists. __ Doing well in elections doesn’t matter to the Charade, so fools like Morgan and Robinson are encouraged __ It is all for only one reason, to maintain the semblance of still being a political party. __ That way, when a legacy left to it gets challenged by an executor or other beneficiary, UKIP has a better chance of winning in court. __ Any legacy money gets directly paid instead to a Trust which controls UKIP,… Read more »

hdavies15
hdavies15
26 days ago

I’m amazed that so many people are motivated to comment at all about anything that originates from these scumbags. Elsewhere on this news page NC has coverage of a far deeper more relevant issue that affects so many in our communities. ‘Social failure at scale’ as millions living far below poverty line in UK (nation.cymru) Try also : Welsh Government “failing to tackle cost of living crisis” says Plaid Cymru (nation.cymru) Or is it yet again a case of it being far easier to blow off about some trashy idiot minority than to express a view about the state of… Read more »

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
26 days ago
Reply to  hdavies15

You can say that again…

Johnny Gamble
Johnny Gamble
26 days ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Then why have you commented on the article! If you don’t like what the article is about then complain to Nation Cymru for posting the article.Anyone has the right to call these people out for what they are.

hdavies15
hdavies15
26 days ago
Reply to  Johnny Gamble

My comment is not specifically about the article, it’s about the rush to comment about something so relatively trivial when other bigger issues go unremarked. Or do you regard a couple of nut jobs in Swansea to be more important than the epidemic levels of poverty and deprivation ?

Jeff
Jeff
26 days ago
Reply to  hdavies15

I would rather not let this topic vanish, look around the world;d, we have the prospect of trump back in the White House, Germany has had many rallies recently because afd, dont let this mob off the hook. They need sinking.

oatmaster
oatmaster
26 days ago

Why are racists always so bad at graphic design?

Broadwater Broadside
Broadwater Broadside
26 days ago
Reply to  oatmaster

Becoz graphics design needs brains and brains are what racists lack.

Twm Siôn C
Twm Siôn C
26 days ago

I wouldn’t mind praise here for Nation Cymru if they hadn’t published choirs singing in mock Jamaican accents last year…

The Bradley Stoker
The Bradley Stoker
20 days ago

Even for a member of his tribe, Bedding Ben has a wee one.
https://twitter.com/LadyDetectives1/status/1751722759627895030

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