UPDATED – VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE – SEE LINK BELOW
As readers of UKIP Daily know, a week ago the members of UKIP Wales elected the leader of the UKIP Wales Group in the Assembly, in a secret ballot – read all about it again here – and Gareth Bennett AM was duly elected.
After the expected snide remarks in the Welsh MSM by his Assembly colleagues of the other Parties, he had of course make the tour of the studios. All business as usual, nothing to see here, one would have thought. And anyway, let him get on with his job in Wales …
We all know how our MSM are keen to smear UKIP, are keen to smear our elected representatives, and are very adept at trying to make them look incompetent at best, out-and-out racists and islamophobes at worst. Well, if they are doing it to Boris Johnson, why should that new, unknown UKIP Wales leader be exempt?
So – business as usual, then? Not quite.
As our English readers might not know: Wales has been ‘governed’ since the Devolution Referendum in 1997 – set up by Tony Blair – by a Labour ‘government’ in the Assembly. Here’s some background information (it makes very interesting reading!) and the actual referendum result should be sufficient to stop remoaners’ wails: on a turnout of just 50.22% the Ayes had it with 50.30%, the Nays got 49.70% … now that’s what I call a close decision! Ever since, Wales has been a Labour fiefdom, with Plaid Cymru more akin to a nationalistic socialist ‘alternative’, a.k.a Labour draped with the Welsh flag.
Come the last Assembly elections in 2016 – and UKIP achieved 7 assembly members. These have now shrunk to 5 – one ‘leaver’ being Mark Reckless who tried to cross over to the Tories who didn’t really want him, one the now infamous Nathan Gill who finally accepted that his double jobbing as AM and MEP was untenable. His successor prefers to remain outside the Group. On these issues and in regard to the background and lead-up to this last leadership election: we reported extensively in UKIP Daily.
Finally, I must mention that Cardiff is a remoaner fortress, that Labour has the city in its claws from Local Council to MPs to AMs and of course to the Welsh media – be it BBC Wales, ITV Wales or the one paper, “WalesOnline”, formerly “Western Mail”. Obviously, in Red Cardiff only the politically correct opinions are ‘allowed’, and any deviants must be called to account.
So on the 14th of August, Gareth Bennett AM was asked to give an interview to WalesOnline which was videoed. I watched it. You cannot do so now because WalesOnline have taken it down – but see the Update below!
Gareth Bennett’s spokesman informs me that not only is this common practice by WalesOnline when the comments don’t go their way, the video is also done in such format that they were unable to transfer it to their webpage.
However – the transcript has been published here (scroll down to the juicy bits before the walk-out), and even if it’s somewhat edited (that’s not strictly nefarious: speech is different from script) it’s correct as far as that goes. The tone of voice can of course not be rendered.
What happened was that the interviewer – a Cathy-Newman-wannabe if I ever saw one – was working hard to produce a ‘gotcha’ moment, so Gareth Bennett walked off.
Then, this morning, UKIP Daily received the following terse letter from Rob McWhirter:
I thought the era of senior ‘Kippers storming out of interviews passed away with Godfrey Bloom.
If this is how UKIP Wales are going to hit the headlines going forward, I wonder how long Gareth Bennett will last in office?
Respectfully, Rob McWhirter”
Now here’s the strange thing: the headline of Gareth Bennett ‘storming out’ was used by the Daily Mirror only – and since the video has been vanished, they only show still photos, chosen to make Gareth Bennett look as intransigent as possible.
Well, as I said above: I did watch the video when it was still available, and ‘storming out’ is not what happened. Gareth didn’t even raise his voice. He calmly removed the mic, calmly picked up his briefcase and calmly walked out of the room.
To get a feel of what people thought at the time of the broadcast, read the comments on the transcript (link above), and do also check out the ‘likes’ – always keeping in mind that this is in Labour Cardiff, red in tooth and claw. These are not Kippers – but from their reaction, Gareth has hit a nerve.
Even more instructive are the comments on the WalesOnline Facebook page, where the video also has vanished. Many are scathing about the interviewer – remember, they were actually able to watch the whole thing – and many wrote that they’d have walked off as well.
Thus my question, not just to Rob McWhirter: should Kippers meekly turn the other cheek, allowing the MSM journalists to use their platform in interviews to elicit a ‘gotcha’ answer? Haven’t we all learned by now that whatever a leading Kipper says, his or her words will be used against him, twisted to continue the “UKIP are beyond the pale” narrative peddled by the MSM ad infinitum? So: must they keep quiet and endure without answering?
Or isn’t it in fact much better to drop the mic when bias becomes so obvious that even anti-Kippers notice and are offended an just walk out?
Well – I’ve made up my mind, what about you?
Update: as of 10 a.m. this morning, the last part of the video, the one with the “storming off”, has suddenly re-appeared in Walesonline – do check this link now! This is, you will agree, somewhat strange … so watch it while you can
We need to stand four square with Gareth Bennett who appears to be man of strong principle, a rare attribute of modern politicians. I share Gareth’s utter contempt of these moonbat – zombies.
I thought he handled that extremely well. The smug interviewer is a smug, smirking pound shop James O’Brien and its futile arguing with her.
PLEASE TAKE DOWN THE CAPTCHA thing which makes us match photos. To me its like a robot cash till, I will not use it again.
I couldn’t agree more re: Catchpa. l can’t be bothered going throgh it every time, while refusing to compromise my online security. This means I can only access UKIP Daily every few days when I don’t get hit with Catchpa.
I thought he did a great job – that wasn’t a professional interview, it was the sort of pointless discussion you get in the pub with someone who’s had too much to drink.
The interviewer was drunk on power. She saw herself as judge, jury and executioner.
A possible answer to all NUJ social engineers:
“An economic migrant will probably do your job better and cheaper”.
“If you don’t resign today and insist your job is taken by an economic migrant, you are a racist”
Turn the interviewers ideology against them.
Handled correctly there is no recovery.
So it is agreed to appear in the street naked is an offence, but the wearing of the Burqa is a matter of “choice, so why is it wrong to advocate wearing the Burqa an offence, i.e. banning it?
Surely somebody must have advocated making an offence of appearing naked before it actually was.
Victorian PC? somebody must have advocated putting covers on piano legs in those days!
Sadly Wales Online has become yet another ‘identikit’ local ‘news’ website operated by Trinity Mirror (or whatever they are called nowadays) just like my local Birmingham Mail (Birmingham Live).
These media outlets no longer employ genuine journalists, and just rely on ‘click-bait’ articles to bring in advertising revenue.
That ‘interview’ was excruciating to watch. And I don’t blame Mr Bennett for walking out, I’d have probably done the same. To say that he ‘stormed out’ is an exaggeration, and just highlights how our deceitful media collaborate together, especially when it comes to painting UKIP in a bad light.
That woman was just repeating mantras that we all get used to hearing now, programmed statements like the “Cardiff was built on immigrants”. That is probably true, but here in the 21st century, we are talking about a different kind of immigration.
But in the Leftist mindset fuelled by ‘identity politics’, just because some immigrants have made welcome contributions to our economy, culture and society in the past, they assume that ‘all immigrants are good’ and they can do nothing wrong and anybody who dares say otherwise is obviously a nasty racist bigot, or “literally Hitler”.
This ‘journalist’ is obviously young, and has been programmed (brain-washed) with the ‘narrative’ (what to think) while at university. She will just repeat what she has been told to say, and doesn’t know how to conduct an interview with somebody who dares to have a different viewpoint.
There are very few journalists working for those media outlets even remotely worthy of the title ‘journalist’ nowadays sadly.
Trinity Mirror Group laid off all their real journalists when people stopped paying for local ad-sheets.
The Gazette, distributed across Middlesex, now exists to regurgitate Labour, TUC and SWP propaganda.
Their journos have been replaced by naive and ambitious interns promised the earth but who end up force feeding manure to their readers.
If these free ad-sheets upset you, take 50 and deliver them to your nearest recycling bin.
Phone an advertiser and tell them they are wasting their money.
We have the power to change things. Let’s all use it.
Ruth, the young lady who did the interview, had obviously been told by her editor to make Gareth squirm – and he wasn’t having any of it!
She was very young, probably just out of journalist college, and went in there with an attitude. At times Gareth very cleverly turned the questioning on her and forced her to reveal her prejudices; at other times she talked over him and deliberately asked another question before he was able to answer the last one.
Her editor will have been cross with her for the way she allowed the interview to proceed, but he will be pleased that she forced Gareth to walk out. That provided a lot more publicity than he could have got with a straightforward interview.
Gareth did well.
-“She was very young, probably just out of journalist college, and went in there with an attitude.”
That’s how they ‘programme’ them these days. They have been trained to follow the agenda, and don’t know anything different. I read the same crap on the Birmingham Mail website, there must have been about eight or nine different articles on the Sudanese immigrant who carried out the recent terror attack in London, yet all the articles carry much of the same content. Their ‘reporters’ seemingly piece together ‘eyewitness accounts’ by trawling through Facebook and Twitter posts. The ‘at the scene’ videos are usually someone doing an uninteresting panoramic sweep of a street corner.
It’s sad that I can remember actual proper investigative journalists (remember The Cook Report?) and wondered what happened to them? Then I realise this is all deliberate; ‘modern journalists’ just parrot the ‘official narrative’ and copy what they are told to say in their reports.
Ironically, I just looked on the Birmingham Mail website and found this:
Interestingly it mentions nothing about click-bait or writing articles to generate ad-revenue…
This part of the replies is BRILLIANT:
Have I forgotten that there’s oppressive patriarchy wherever there are…like…human beings…? Er…no. I haven’t. So now we’ve cleared that tricky concept up, shall we try out my suggestion of actually listening to the women themselves…?
Yes, clearly the UK is run by an oppressive patriarchy. Let us do some research shall we?
Head of State: Woman
Prime Minister: Woman
Head of Met Police: Woman
Leader of Conservative Party: Woman
Leader of Democratic Unionist Party: Woman
Leader of Green Party in UK: Woman
Leader of Green Party in Scotland: Woman
Leader of Scottish Conservatives: Woman
Leader of Scottish National Party in Scotland: Woman
Leader of Welsh National Party in UK: Woman
Leader of Welsh National Party in Wales: Woman
Leader of Liberal Democrats in Wales: Woman
Leader of Alliance Party in NI: Woman
Leader of Sinn Fein: Woman
Leader of the Commons: Woman
Shadow Leader of the Commons: Woman
Leader of Labour in Lords: Woman
Leader of Conservatives in Lords: Woman
Cabinet Members: 8 Women
Shadow Cabinet Members: 16 Women
Presiding officer for Welsh Assembly: Woman
Leader of House (Welsh Assembly): Woman
Chief Executive of Welsh Assembly: Woman
Leader of Labour in Europe: Woman
Leader of Liberal Democrats in Europe: Woman
Leader of Sinn Fein in Europe: Woman
Leader of Plaid Cymru in Europe: Woman
Leader of Democratic Unionist Party in Europe: Woman
Yup, that appears to be a patriarchy. Aren’t you a smart egg?
WOMEN RULE! Shows which is the smarter sex!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all in favour of equality and people being treated equally, no matter their race or sex or whatever. But I prefer to see the “best person for the role”, rather than women getting parachuted into roles just because they are ‘women’.
There are indeed a lot of great women out there, as well as great men. But equally there are still a lot of useless women, and indeed useless men. It’s just a shame there are far more useless men and women in positions of power than great ones.
Editor of UKIPDaily (Britain’s must-read newspaper): Woman
And deputy editor! ?
Quite agree Stuart. Any and every position should be filled by the best candidate, regardless of gender, skin colour, country of origin, etc. etc. But then, on the other hand, if the best candidate is a woman ….!
Not always and I am a woman!
Ruth Mosalski reminds me of those unpleasantly fat and stupid leftists that scream themselves senseless at anti-Trump demos. The left really do have a mental illness.
What an utterly stupid woman! Where on earth did Wales On Line find this woman. No person should have to put up this kind idiocy.
Wales online carries the evil stench of Kevin ‘toilets’ Maguire and Trinity Mirtor Group.
Well done Gareth. You’ve made me proud to be a Kipper.
Thanks, Viv, for putting matters in context.
I thought this was an inderesting area for discussion, hence the letter…
That interview was outrageous. This Sceptered Isle needs a policy of ‘De-Blairing’. Everything touched by the Blair Government needs urgent repeal. Devolution, HRA, immigration, PFI, HoLs. Yes I know I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one!
I thought he handled himself very well under great provacation!
Hopefully he will be our @Rees-Mogg
I clicked the link and just got the list of headings plus, at the foot, the end part of the transcript. So without seeing it, it is difficult to judge who was being professional. However Gareth’s words rang true for most of the BBC’s presenters. He said something like “you come in here with pre-conceived ideas and have no ability to listen and engage with the argument”. To me those points sum up the whole modus operandi of the BBC’s attack dog ‘interviewers’. In fact they are not interviewers at all but simply see themselves as setting up their victim for a fall – for they are not trying to tease out truth, and then let the viewer decide, because they are seeking to bring down their ‘prey’ and destroy any viewpoint that does not conform to their left-liberal position. They are unfailingly anti-British, anti-traditional, anti-Christian, anti the US Republicans and indeed anti-western. It is now a very sick organisation. We need to take suitable opportunities to spread the word amongst our friends and acquaintances as to just how bad they are and wake people up to the awful reality.
I just now clicked the link – the first one – and the video 9slow loading) is on top, so you should be able to watch it.
For the transcript, again on the linked page, you have to scroll down quite a bit and there it is.
I was able to watch it and have just checked that it’s still available.
Rules for engaging with hostile media:
1. Only do live.
2. Only do interviews at your own location.
3. Do it on unwavering condition of a contemporaneous feed to your own recording.
4. Wherever possible retain copyright, and get a written undertaking beforehand to restrict useage to (a) unedited version, (b) edited version submitted prior to use and agreed beforehand, or (c) ‘fair use’ extracts under common legal provision.
I know, wishful thinking, ‘if only’! However, it is worth seriously considering and making preparations for – force media to fill out your own forms if they want to speak to you in public, for other than a soundbite of a couple of minutes..
Unfortunately, Stuart, very few editors will agree to such demands.
Well done, Gareth. The interviewer’s style was completely unprofessional – she found it hard to disguise her distaste for UKIP, but did not have the common sense to conceal her own prejudices. Unfortunately, she is typical of many in the media who think it’s their job to distort the truth, rather than report it.
The comments under the article are brilliant
One of my favourites;
19 hours ago
It’s funny how the WOL refused to deal with Tommy Robinson when he doorstepped the WOL HQ and put them on the spot.
It appears they don’t like it up em when they are put on the spot.
“He disliked nearly all women and especially the young and pretty ones who were the most bigoted adherents of the Party, the swallowers of slogans, the amateur spies and nosers-out of unorthodoxy”.
George Orwell, 1984
‘Wake on LAN’ is the only thing I can think of.
Wouse of Lords maybe??
These TLAs (three letter abbreviations) may be fashionable, to those ‘high handshakers’ and those ‘in the know’ but need to be spelled out for the rest of us.
No it isn`t!
That’s the first time Ive seen Gareth interviewed and he was excellent. He did the right thing by walking out. You cannot have an intelligent discussion with a person who is belligerent and has decided to be deliberately obtuse.
Boycott the MSM until they grow up and stop playing childish “he said, she said” infantile politics.
Speaking to the MSM is a game of snakes and ladders.
The MSM are snakes and they are always attempting to pull UKIP’s ladder away.
I thought Gareth Bennett was bloody brilliant! Big difference with Godfrey Bloom is that Gareth is calm and credible, not a Victor Meldrew impersonator. More Gareth please!
Hear hear Russell. And remember, this AM leader has a democratic mandate to lead. He was elected by the UKIPWales members.
I saw the interview also and I was impressed by Gareth’s composure and patience. Having tried to be reasonable and deflect the questioning into more relevant channels he was accused of being patronising for asking her politely if she would be wiling to learn something. She had little idea how to debate and used ad hominem techniques . It was appropriate for Gareth to not want to waste any further time with her.
An appalling piece of interviewing, should be held up as a training example of ‘how not to interview’. Obviously she had a political agenda of her own. Machine gun questioning without giving an opportunity to answer. He did the right thing in the circumstances and walk out. However, perhaps he shouldn’t have entertained her in the first place. We need to use a bit more discretion. The Daily Mirror said he ‘stormed out’. Hardly that, but when was the last time that newspaper told the truth about anything.