The Welsh Nationalist Party Plaid Cymru is to call one of its Penarth council candidates Anne Greagsby before a party disciplinary panel for allegedly having “offended” transgendered people .
Ms Greagsby – who stood as a candidate for Plaid Cymru in last year’s Vale of Glamorgan Council and in the Penarth Town Council elections – is to appear before what’s being termed as a Plaid Cymru “tribunal” on September 1st.
Ms Greagsby is alleged to have committed the cardinal sin of stating on social media that people with penises are not women – a remark which has apparently outraged the ever-more-politically-correct Welsh Nationalist Party.
Ms Greagsby is claimed to have said that “No woman has a penis”, that “No female has a penis” and that “Trans women are men” – biological observations which, a few years ago, would have been regarded as stating the obvious – but which are now anathema to so-called “progressive” political parties .
Ms Greagsby has also challenged the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s so-called “Transgender Inclusion Schools Toolkit” – a left-over project inherited from the previous Labour administration which was published in April.
Plaid Cymru activists were present in large numbers at the so-called “Pride” event this weekend in Cardiff and party leader Leanne Wood was there to endorse the occasion. It’s against this background that her party is apparently now seeking to haul-up before it anyone daring to express a non-politically-correct, dissenting view.
Writing on a blog called Transgender Trend Anne Greagsby had stated: “I think parents and school teachers and governors should be consulted before they go ahead teaching this unscientific dangerous nonsense.” She adding fuel to the fire by claiming “This trans cult mania is being pushed on us by the porn industry and pharmaceutical industries and those who provide surgery. Our children must be allowed to live in the healthy bodies they were born with.”
The on-line news service Wales on Line has now received what are said to be leaked letters of complaint about Ms Greagsby’s comments – quoting one of them claiming to be from Emyr Gruffydd of the Plaid Cymru youth group Plaid Ifanc. This describes Ms Greagsby’s comments as ” tasteless and insulting to transgender people in general”.
EmyrGrufydd is quoted as saying “I am ashamed that a ‘trans person’ has been insulted in such a manner by someone who is very outspoken about being a member of Plaid Cymru – this has the potential to be very damaging to Plaid Cymru amongst transgender people” . It’s not known how many “transgender people” are members of Plaid Cymru and, of them, how many have actually been “insulted”.
Plaid Cymru ‘s chief of staff Mabli Jones is claimed to have said Anne Greagsby’s tweets “with Plaid Cymru’s logo on her profile picture, …brings the party into disrepute”.
Plaid Cymru, however, is now a party facing rather more serious problems than those posed by the outspoken Ms Greagsby: –
- Plaid Cymru’s current leader Leanne Wood is having to fend-off leadership challenges from prominent AMs Adam Price and Rhun ap Iorwerth, both of whom, unlike Wood, speak Welsh and have distinctly more clout than she does.
- In January this year Plaid expelled the popular and plain-speaking AM Neil McEvoy who now sits as an independent in the Welsh Assembly for South Wales Central (which includes Penarth).
- In July Plaid AM Simon Thomas resigned with immediate effect after being arrested by the police on suspicion of the possession indecent images.