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Friday, 16 March, 2001, 10:53 GMT
Plaid anti-English comments inquiry
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Mike Brittain's comments are being investigated by Plaid Cymru
A Plaid Cymru councillor has retracted outspoken comments about the English made in an interview for BBC Wales's programme Dragons Eye.

Mike Brittain said: "The English had raped every country they'd been to."

Councillor Seimon Glyn
Seimon Glyn addresses a rally in Caernarfon

He is now issued a full apology and has said he will co-operate with any course of action the party deems appropriate.

But the party's Chief Executive Karl Davies has referred Mr Brittain's comments for investigation under the party's agreed protocol with the Commission for Racial Equality.

Retracting his comments, Mr Brittain - a member of Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council - has issued a statement making it clear that he will co-operate fully with any course of action the party deems appropriate.

Meanwhile, fellow Plaid councillor Seimon Glyn - who sparked a furore by saying that English people moving to Wales should be strictly monitored and made to learn Welsh. - has accused his own party of sweeping the Welsh language issue under the carpet.

Also speaking on Dragon's Eye, he said he did not regret raising the language issue - even if it meant his party losing support in the run up to the general election.

He claimed that as Plaid worked harder to ensure electoral success, it had been ignoring the language issue.


"I believe other issues have come to the top of their agenda and I believe that they have been more preoccupied recently with gaining more power in the National Assembly - and possibly ignoring this very real threat to the Welsh language

Plaid Cymru's Seimon Glyn

"Recently the matter has been swept under the carpet by Plaid Cymru," he said.

"I believe other issues have come to the top of their agenda and I believe that they have been more preoccupied recently with gaining more power in the National Assembly - and possibly ignoring this very real threat to the Welsh language."

Mr Glyn claimed that Plaid supporters in the Welsh heartlands had become less important to the party in recent times.

"They have actually tended to take some strongholds for granted - where the support has historically been very strong for Plaid Cymru," he explained.

"I believe that in having sought popularity in other areas in Wales, they have possibly - not forgotten about the Welsh heartlands - but not given them as much attention as they should have."

The comments will come as a further embarrassment to party leaders, still smarting from Mr Glyn's attack on English incomers earlier this year.

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