Welsh independence campaigners say Carrie handed them perfect chance to leave corrupt UK

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The Prime Minister’s wife is one of the numerous political elites working for a wildlife organisation under investigation by the Charity Commission. In the latest controversy to be pulled out of its accounts, the charity paid a sum equivalent to 10 percent of donations taken last year to the Chairman’s wife for “interior design services”.

“YesCymru”, which agitates for Wales to split from the UK, branded this the latest win for the political “chumocracy”.

It wrote on Twitter: “Another day another dollar for the chumocracy.

“Let’s leave this corrupt union as soon as we can.”

The Aspinall Foundation describes itself as “a world-class animal conservation charity”.

Its stated aim is to return captive bred animals to protected wilderness areas and reserves.

But the public has been more interested in the uses of the charity’s finances than its philanthropic work since it became the subject of a statutory inquiry – a more series form of assessment – in March this year, especially given the role of the PM’s wife in the charity.

Mrs Johnson was appointed Director of Communications in January this year.

The matters being investigated by the Charity Commission took place before she took up her position.

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But her role, and that of other elite figures, within the charity, does throw up questions about the so-called “chumocracy” – the group of key, influential people who work for and come to the aid of each other.

This is a win not just for those demanding Welsh independence but for those who demand independence from political elites all around!

Aspinall Foundation accounts from 2020 show that Victoria Aspinall, the wife of Chairman (and all-round political socialite) Damian Aspinall, was paid £150,000 for interior design – a role for which she was previously paid £12,500.

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The charity took in just over £1.5million in donations from the public and donors in the same year.

Donations are bound to dry up this year – especially from supporters of Welsh independence – given the ongoing investigation, so Mrs Aspinall may have to seek additional paid design work.

Recent polling suggests that a record number of people – though still well clear from a majority – back Welsh independence.

Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price claimed that the UK Government’s response to Covid has been a “game changer”.

He told the Press Association in July: “I think that it’s caused many more people again to question the future for Wales as a nation, whether we’re actually better placed to make decisions for ourselves.”

Lord Dunlop, a former advisor to David Cameron on devolution, told the BBC in February that there is “no room for complacency” on the matter.

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