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Welsh Tory MP backs independence freedom fighter Owain Glyndŵr

16 Sep 2021 2 minutes Read
This is an oil painting of Owain Glyndŵr by Welsh Artist Rhŷn Williams. Picture by Hogyncymru (CC BY-SA 4.0). Inset: Sarah Atherton MP. Photo by David Woolfall, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported.

A Welsh Tory MP has surprised social media followers by backing the commemoration of a medieval Welsh leader who instigated a fierce and long-running war of independence against the English crown.

Today is Glyndŵr Day, celebrated by some Welsh independence supporters as the anniversary of Owain Glyndŵr beginning his revolt against the rule of Henry IV.

Wrexham MP Sarah Atherton posted a message on social media saying “Happy Owain Glyndŵr Day! Diwrnod Glyndwr Hapus!” with a picture of Owain Glyndŵr riding into battle.

Sarah Atherton has not formally made her views known on Welsh independence, but celebrated the pro-independence Plaid Cymru’s lack of progress in the Senedd election on the basis that “it was also a good night for pro-Union parties and the Union itself, with Plaid failing to make the inroads they hoped for”.

Her Owain Glyndŵr post was met with a bemused response by some social media followers, with Jack Bailey replying: “How you can then have the gall to post this is baffling.”

Former North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, Plaid Cymru’s Arfon Jones, posted in response: “A raging Unionist has gone native! Don’t believe a word of it, the Welsh Conservatives are enemies of Wales.”

On being crowned Prince of Wales in 1404 in Machynlleth, Owain Glyndŵr declared his vision of an independent Welsh state with a parliament, a separate Welsh church, and two universities.

However, from 1405 the rebellion began to be pushed back and Owain Glyndŵr disappeared after 1412.

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Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones
1 month ago

Sarah Atherton would have turned Owain Glyn Dwr over to the English when he was on the run….
Let us not forget that this is a lady that trumpets her former career as a nurse at every opportunity and then votes against the interests of the NHS.

Hopefully one day he will return…. and people like her will evaporate like the little puddles of dogs urine that they are.

Mark
Mark
1 month ago

Typical tory, will use anything if they think it works to their advantage, I wouldn’t trust her to tell me the time of day.

Blaidd
Blaidd
1 month ago

Due to what she stands for, it would be more appropriate for her to celebrate a day for Glyndŵr’s enemie’s such as Henry IV and Henry V. She has no right to appropriate Glyndŵr.

Quornby
Quornby
1 month ago

Strange…… Well Sarah if you’ve seen the light prove it.

CJPh
CJPh
1 month ago
Reply to  Quornby

Yes, I remain sceptical. This could be, as others have suggested, just a “hey, locals, look at how I like the same stuff as you (despite having no clue as to why this seems antithetical to the political party I represent)”. But if there is to be a pro-indy side to the Welsh Conservatives, I’d wholeheartedly welcome it, and praise Ms. Atherton for her position. There is a strong (philosophical) conservative argument for our separation from England.

But I doubt it.

Dafydd
Dafydd
1 month ago

She was in the English parliament Wednesday sat behind the English nationalist PM laughing about £20 a week being taken away from the poorest people in Wales. She is a traitor to the people of Wales. Tories are the enemies of Wales.

Shan Morgain
1 month ago

Glyndwr did not disappear 1412.Welsh taxes continued to be paid to him until 1424. He then negotiated a pardon for himself and his sons. The official account cannot explain why he and his sons were never captured or killed. Records show the sons lived safely on. The terms of the agreement seem to have been that Glyndwr retire and not continue the Rising. He was by then old.//// ………….. It is also not well known that Glyndwr’s Rising attempted to establish a Tripartite Alliance. Greater Wales would have included the nearby counties of Englands west. An English Northland under the… Read more »

Geoff Horton-Jones
Geoff Horton-Jones
1 month ago
Reply to  Shan Morgain

Shan..
This is really important information and needs exposure on an all Wales platform
Diolch yn fawr

Ieuan Evans
Ieuan Evans
1 month ago

She probably thinks he’s a Wrexham supporter and trying to intice favour with our new owners.

Michael Lloyd
Michael Lloyd
1 month ago

That woman will do anything to get her name on the media.

Grayham Jones
1 month ago

It’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 A
Free Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 we in wales have got to stop being little Englanders and be proud to be welsh start fighting for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 for the children and grandchildren of wales future

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
1 month ago

Owain Glyndwr would have chopped her head off for the things she has helped enable against our country.

Dim problem
Dim problem
1 month ago

I’m not sure she actually “backs” Glyndwr. Backs him to do what? He’s been dead for hundreds of years…

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

Only a blinkered self-hating Unionist would use a Welsh freedom fighter to attack Welsh freedom fighters. More evidence that we live in a Conservative idiocracy. The same ignorant mindset have appropriated the of legend King Arthur citing “the once & future King of England” forgetting he was a Romano-British (Cymry) warrior who fought against the very German Saxons they claim heritage from. As he was not English or even born in Cornwall. An interesting fact ignored by them. In Geoffrey of Monmouth’s book called, ‘De gestis Britonum or Historia Regum’ (The History of the Kings of Britain) , not once… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Y Cymro
Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
1 month ago

Probably a hastily-assembled love-bomb to ingratiate herself with Wrexhamians. A bit like being photographed cheering the football team. But if it was meant from the heart, then I withdraw the allegation.

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