MP both violent and ignorant, as he plays the victim and attacks Plaid leadership

Domestic abuser Jonathan Edwards MP, who still represents the Plaid Cymru party in his constituency of Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, is publicly playing himself as ‘victim’ despite having been cautioned by the police for physically assaulting his wife.

Previously, a carefully concocted statement suggested that Emma Edwards, soon to be his ex-wife, had forgiven him for the incident. However, it was later revealed that she was “appalled” that Plaid would readmit him as an MP, after he was initially suspended.

The irony of Mr Edwards now moaning about “vindictive and vengeful” [verbal] attacks from senior party officials, as well as bleating on about “a very dangerous environment” (presumably he is an expert in such things, having created one in his own home) is offensive. It would be laughable if it wasn’t about such a serious subject matter. I suppose we can simply point and smirk at the stupidity of the man, and wonder why so many of his constituents are still sticking up for him.

Plaid Cymru leader, Adam Price, has called on the MP to resign. He cannot be sacked or forced to leave because the toothless procedures consider it unlawful.

“I am concerned that there has been no distinction in any of the discussions about the difference between an incident and a pattern of behaviour,” he said.

OK, so it happened only once (so you say). Does that make it right? Does it mean you should be able to hold a position of such responsibility and public accountability? No-one is suggesting you should be put to death; simply that you should find another career path or vocation where you can “build a better life”.

Would you think it OK for someone who abused a child once, and was caught, should be allowed have contact with children again? I sincerely hope not.

So why is this any different?

Allowing a perpetrator of domestic violence—whether it happened once or serially—to remain in a position of power and supposed trust, sends a horrific message to the public, aggressors and victims of DV alike, that it’s not really an issue to be treated seriously.

The fact that it took a statement from the victim, Ms Edwards, to cause the party leader to make a statement, is worrying in itself. This situation has rumbled on for over two years and should’ve been sorted out straight away.

Jonathan, please do the right thing, leave politics, go and get some counselling or therapy, find something worthwhile to do (preferably which doesn’t involve spending time with vulnerable people or is highly stressful), and learn what it is to truly redeem yourself from actions you had complete control over. Public statements saying how you’ll regret your actions for the rest of your life mean nothing to anyone else, even if they turn out to be true.