Uni prof criticised for branding Welsh Tories the ‘lowest form of life’
A university professor has been criticised for branding Welsh Tories the “lowest form of life”.
Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, who is a Chair in Ancient History at Cardiff University, came under fire from Conservatives for his post on Twitter. He has since deleted his account.
Tory Senedd leader Andrew RT Davies called the comments “childish”, while Cardiff University Conservatives said they were “disappointing”.
In his tweet Llewellyn-Jones, who is also Director of the Ancient Iran Program for the British Institute of Persian Studies, said: “A Welsh Tory. The lowest form of life.”
A spokesperson for Cardiff University told Nation.Cymru that the post does not “represent” its views and that it “expects” all its members to “treat others with respect”.
Cardiff University Conservatives said: “Disappointing to see @cardiffuni senior lecturer, Professor @LloydLlewJ brand Welsh Tories as ‘the lowest form of life’.
“Lecturers should be encouraging diversity of thought and promoting an inclusive campus, not attacking students for their political affiliation.”
Tory Senedd leader Andrew RT Davies said: “It’s baffling how supposedly educated people can resort to such childish insults. Time to tackle this head on.”
A Cardiff University spokesperson said: “The views expressed in no way represent the views of the University.
“We understand that these are historic and personal comments, expressed on a personal account.
“However, whilst they are personal comments the University expects all members of the University community to treat others with respect, courtesy and consideration at all times.”
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