The Tivyside Advertiser reports that Cllr James has now resigned from the Independent group as well as being sacked from the council's cabinet.
Unlike the BBC where they never seem to be off air, Nigel Farage and UKIP have never made an appearance on this blog. That has probably got something to with the fact that Carmarthenshire is blissfully a UKIP-free zone unless, as is quite possible, there are some closet UKIP supporters in the grizzled ranks of Pam Palmer's "Independents". There are after all several known Tories and at least one card-carrying member of the Labour Party on the Independent benches in County Hall.
Just over the border in Ceredigion one councillor elected as an Independent has just outed himself as a member of UKIP, and Ellen ap Gwynn, the Plaid leader of the council, wasted no time in giving Cllr Gethin James the boot from her cabinet. According to the BBC, she has gone a step further and warned the Independent group of which he is a part that she will end the coalition agreement with them unless they throw him out of their group.
To its credit, the best account of what has happened was carried by the Tivyside Advertiser which looks into Ellen's reasons for sacking Cllr James:
"Ceredigion council is committed to making the most of opportunities offered by European Union funds to strengthen our economy. EU structural funds have already been crucial in building the coastal path which brings so much revenue to tourism businesses, to transport improvements in the county, and to investment in our universities.
I want this Council to be seen as outward looking, open for business and tourists and working hard to get the maximum possible out of Europe for businesses and farmers in Ceredigion.”
Between 2007 and 2013 Wales received a fraction under £2 billion in EU funds to support projects. Together with match funding from other sources, that meant a total project investment of £3.7bn, and much of that funding has gone to areas of high deprivation.
In the next round of funding covering the period 2014-2020 West Wales and the Valleys have been marked out for the highest levels of support under the EU's structural funds.
The EU is crucially important to Wales as a whole, and for this part of Wales in particular, in terms of trade, business and tourism, and not just because of the structural funds.
As many readers may have noticed in recent years, we are getting more and more visitors every summer from mainland Europe, and unlike the traditional down-market tourism places like Aberporth and Newquay have attracted with their caravan parks, the Europeans come here for the scenery, the environment and culture.
They have a lot of spending power, are often genuinely interested in Welsh culture and the fact that we are not an outlying part of Cameron's little England.
Unlike Cllr James, Ellen ap Gwynn is smart enough to realise that developing trading links and tourism with the EU offers this region a much more exciting future than building more bungalows for retired couples from Brum and caravan parks for their offspring. Sorry Birmingham.
But back to UKIP.
UKIP has almost no presence in Scotland and barely registers in Wales. In Northern Ireland it has a single assembly member who was elected as an Ulster Unionist. It should more accurately be called the England Independence Party.
Apart from Cllr James in Aberporth, the party claims four other councillors in Wales, and two of those are in Colwyn Bay.
It has no Assembly Members, no MPs, and just one MEP in Wales, John Bufton. Bufton was elected to the European Parliament in 2009 and is standing down at this year's election. Unlike a good many of his colleagues, Bufton can at least claim that he made it through the full term of the parliament without resigning, defecting or being expelled. Neither did he end up in jail as did Tom Wise, a UKIP MEP convicted in 2009 of what the judge described as "deliberate and blatant dishonesty" for systematically embezzling European Parliament expenses.
Back in Aberporth, Cllr James has been a notable supporter of developing and testing unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, despite strong opposition from many local people.
Congratulations to Ellen for shooting this particular drone out of the skies.