Welsh Farmer Labeled ‘Traitor’ and Threatened with Death by Nationalists Following Meeting with Rishi Sunak

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London (Parliament Politics Maganize) – Welsh farmer labeled ‘traitor’ and threatened by nationalists after meeting Rishi Sunak faces security concerns; criticism over Welsh Government’s plans

A Welsh farmer has been labeled as a “traitor” and received death threats from Welsh nationalists for having talked with Rishi Sunak. Gareth Wyn Jones, 56, recently deployed a security system at his home in Llanfairfechan, North Wales. Police cautioned Wyn Jones about a recent death threat made against his family for his outspoken views.

Despite being a proud Welsh speaker and former Plaid Cymru candidate, Wyn Jones received a barrage of objections after meeting with the Prime Minister outside the Welsh Conservative Conference in Llandudno on Friday.

He told the media: “They call me a traitor and s***bag in Welsh.

“That is what they think of me, but I would meet with any politician and with anyone I believe could give a little help with anything we are doing with our campaign.”

Wyn Jones, who emerged to suggest Plaid Cymru “sold out” Welsh farmers, became a target for nationalists as part of the rural economy prepared to march on the Senedd to oppose the Welsh Government plans today. The plan requires farmers to ensure 10 percent of their land is planted with trees and 10 percent is treated as wildlife habitat if they hope to receive new sustainable farming scheme subsidies.

A third and final talk on the scheme ends on March 7, but an economic effect assessment warned it could cost 5,500 rural jobs and £199million to farm business income. Businesses in the rural supply chain would also face a shortfall of 122,000 fewer livestock units in the Welsh rural economy.

Wyn Jones claimed outgoing First Minister Mark Drakeford lost backing from farmers as his reforms looked to punish them for voting to leave the European Union.

There has been no explicit polling on how farmers in Wales voted in the 2016 referendum.

A survey led by Farmers Weekly suggested a majority of farmers in the UK supported Brexit, but those in Wales were less likely to vote as less than half backed the move. Despite inconclusive polling, Wales voted to leave the EU by 52.5 percent to 47.5 percent.

Rural authorities, including Anglesey, Carmarthenshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Powys and Pembrokeshire all backed Brexit.

However, Ceredigion, Gwynedd, and Monmouthshire voted to stay in the Brussels bloc.

Drakeford described the Sennedd: “I think it’s important that I remind the leader of the opposition why we are in our position.

“It’s because farmers in Wales took his advice and voted to leave the European Union.”

He added: “Believe me, we are in the position that we are in today because we have taken back control of farming support in Wales, as we were obliged to do.”

“If farmers in Wales could still access the funds that were available through the European Union, they would be in a very different position than they are, having heard and followed his advice.”

Wyn Jones stated that the “sooner [Drakeford] goes, the better for Wales.

He said, “His actions and words just prove to most farmers that they don’t want to listen, and that is why you will see thousands of farmers in Cardiff on Wednesday.

“We just hope we get a new first minister with time to listen and talk.”

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A Welsh Government spokesman defended the announcement: “We have run an extensive co-design exercise in developing the SFS, and we thank the hundreds of farmers who have been involved. No final decision will be made on the scheme until after the consultation, and we will listen carefully to all views.

Daniele Naddei

Daniele Naddei is a journalist at Parliament News covering European affairs, was born in Naples on April 8, 1991. He also serves as the Director of the CentroSud24 newspaper. During the period from 2010 to 2013, Naddei completed an internship at the esteemed local radio station Radio Club 91. Subsequently, he became the author of a weekly magazine published by the Italian Volleyball Federation of Campania (FIPAV Campania), which led to his registration in the professional order of Journalists of Campania in early 2014, listed under publicists. From 2013 to 2018, he worked as a freelance photojournalist and cameraman for external services for Rai and various local entities, including TeleCapri, CapriEvent, and TLA. Additionally, between 2014 and 2017, Naddei collaborated full-time with various newspapers in Campania, both in print and online. During this period, he also resumed his role as Editor-in-Chief at Radio Club 91.
Naddei is actively involved as a press officer for several companies and is responsible for editing cultural and social events in the city through his association with the Medea Fattoria Sociale. This experience continued until 2021. Throughout these years, he hosted or collaborated on football sports programs for various local broadcasters, including TLA, TvLuna, TeleCapri, Radio Stonata, Radio Amore, and Radio Antenna Uno.
From 2016 to 2018, Naddei was employed as an editor at newspapers of national interest within the Il24.it circuit, including Internazionale24, Salute24, and OggiScuola. Since 2019, Naddei has been one of the creators of the Rabona television program "Calcio è Passione," which has been broadcast on TeleCapri Sport since 2023.