First Minister Carwyn Jones has attacked Ukip leader Nigel Farage for travelling to the United States to meet Donald Trump while other politicians were attending Remembrance Day commemorations.
In a statement, Mr Jones said: “I was proud to stand at the Welsh national memorial on Sunday to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
"This weekend when people from every walk of life joined to commemorate our war dead in services around the country, there was one conspicuous absence. Nigel Farage.
“I will never insist that anyone must wear a poppy, or attend remembrance events.
"This is a free country, and people choose to remember in different ways.
"But, hypocrisy is something else altogether.
"You don’t get to appropriate the Battle of Britain in your campaign literature, only to prioritise transatlantic photo-ops a few months later.
“Mr Farage likes to play by a different set of rules, this much is true.
"But in what universe do we let go, without comment or censure, the pictures of this grinning poppy-less popinjay in a gold lift with Donald Trump?
“Lauded on Fox News as some latter day revolutionary, Mr Farage basked in the warm glow of right wing acceptance.
"But make no mistake - he made a choice between two things this weekend.
Farage on Fox News
"A choice between standing shoulder to shoulder with fellow Brits in solemn remembrance, or to go on a jolly to the States to pick up a bit of reflected glory.
"He chose the latter.
"No other party leader would get away this, we shouldn’t let Mr Farage.”
Ukip spokesman: 'This is like the look-at-me vapourings of the Lib Dems'
A Ukip spokesman responded: “Mr Jones is probably unaware that in the US, the 11th is the day of commemoration.
"For Mr Farage to have worn a poppy would have been an egregious example of virtue signalling.
"Something normal for the likes of Mr Jones, but an anathema to Mr Farage.
“Mr Jones’ statement reads more like the ‘look-at-me’ vapourings of the Lib Dems than the words of a serious man.
"It’s sad to see how the Labour Party has fallen."
Source : http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/politics/carwyn-jones-says-nigel-farage-12172851498