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Monday, April 30, 2012

Another Facebook faux pas

Peter Hain was very vocal a few weeks ago condemning the Tories for fielding candidates who had been caught out posting unacceptable comments on social network sites. He even went as far as to produce a "Welsh Conservative Candidates of Shame” saying: “It speaks volumes that despite some pretty vile behaviour these candidates have been allowed to stand for the Tories once again."

He went on: “These are not just a few candidates on the periphery of the party wings, but individuals close to the leadership of Cheryl Gillan and Andrew RT Davies. David Cameron has spent years trying to detoxify the toxic brand it cultivated in the 1980s but the truth is the nasty party is still alive and well.

“We will be making sure that voters on the doorstep know exactly what these candidates’ views are and let them make their own minds up as whether they want to be represented by them. If this is what Cheryl Gillan meant by challenging us in our heartlands then she really is scraping the barrel. She is treating the electorate with contempt by offering such low calibre politicians.”

Now a Labour candidate on his own doorstep has been caught doing something similar. Sion Griffiths, who lives in Aberdulais near Neath, is standing for Neath Port Talbot council in Thursday’s local election. The Western Mail says that when the train he was travelling on was held up following a suicide, he wrote on his Facebook page: “Already running later than you like. What can make it worse?? Oh yeah ... Some cock killing themselves making me very late!!! Thank you ... You selfish c***!!!”

They add that when a friend expressed concern about the comment, posting a message saying: “I’ve never heard you talk like that, Sion”, Mr Griffiths responded: “Sorry ... just not what I needed ...Lol. Got stopped at Bridgend. They jumped between Cardiff and Newport, so all trains delayed going into Cardiff and past Cardiff.”

I For some reason Peter Hain is nowhere to be found, when it comes to commenting on this matter.
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