For the latest turn in this saga, see Jac o' the North.
Under normal circumstances most of us would agree that sons and daughters should not be judged by the actions of their parents, but if someone is standing for election to public office and has some pretty major skeletons tucked away in the closet, just two courses of actions are open to them:
(1) Keep quiet and hope that nobody notices.
(2) Be honest and open from the start, and make sure that there is nothing nasty that can come out to embarrass either you or your party.
"This doesn't look very good"
Nathan Gill appears to have opted for the first course of action on a number of matters. Jac o' the North has already chronicled some of Gill's business dealings, including the bunkhouse for Filipino and other migrant labour; the fact that he claimed in his election literature not to be a career politician when his main job of work was as a paid adviser for a Ukip MEP; and the fact that he did not disclose his religious affiliations. As he admitted to the Western Mail, he realised that some of this did not look very good.
Now we know, thanks to a comment posted on this blog posted by Jac himself, that Gill's father spent time in jail for offences which Anonymous, commenting on the previous post, felt made him "a bit of a lad". Emlyn Hooson QC who defended Michael Gill at the trial described him as "a dirty old man".
Rather than leave the story hanging half-explained among the comments on a blogpost, here is a fuller account and some more on the tawdry world inhabited by Wales's newest MEP.
Michael Gill had been an active Mormon while the family still lived in Hull, but according to a former Mormon bishop interviewed at the time of the trial in Caernarfon in 1988, his membership ended some time after that because of "certain problems".
Having moved to Angelsey, Michael Gill set up shop as a homeopath, and part of the treatment he offered involved hypnosis using a strange black box with a flashing red light. Three women alleged that he took advantage of them while under hypnosis to perform sexual assaults. Gill pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual assault and third of persuading a woman to have sexual intercourse with him by telling her that it was a part of the treatment. Two further charges of rape and buggery were left on file, with prosecuting counsel telling the court that it would serve no useful purpose to try Gill for these other offences.
Gill was sentenced to two years in prison. The very lenient sentence caused surprise and anger at the time, and it would be unthinkable today. A couple of years ago, a charlatan living in the Carmarthenshire village of Cwmduad was jailed for seven years at the age of 77 for remarkably similar offences. In what seems to be a freak coincidence, the name of this sex pest and fraudster was Reginald Gill.
One of Michael Gill's "patients" told the press that she believed that there could be up to 15 victims, but that others had felt too afraid to come forward. Gill had boasted to one of the women that he had sex seven times a day.
All of this took place in the late 1980s when the son was in his teens.
Father and son subsequently went into business together in Burgill Ltd. Burgill described itself as a company involved in letting its own property. That turns out to have been a nice way of describing the bunkhouse for migrant care home workers.
Bearing in mind the nature of the father's earlier offences, it is disconcerting to see that he had no problem setting up and running a care home through a separate company called Pink Panther Resource Centre, subsequently renamed Gill Enterprises Yorkshire, which despite the name is registered to an address in Angelsey.
Rather oddly in view of the former Mormon bishop's claims that Michael Gill's membership of the church had ended in the 1980s, both the care home and the bunkhouse were located in the same road as the Mormon church in Hull.
Cutting red tape
Nathan Gill's parents gave an address in Menai Bridge on documents relating to Burgill Ltd, while Nathan Gill lives not far away in Llangefni. These two locations are important for the next chapter in the story which takes place in 2011 when Gill Senior would have been aged around 78.
On 22 October 2011 the Daily Post reported that North Wales Police and the Environment Agency Wales had raided two properties in Menai Bridge and Llangefni after an illegal stash of 5,000 tyres was discovered in the garden of a property in Pentraeth Road, Menai Bridge. The same address as on the Burgill documents, in fact.
It seems that the tyres were to be shipped to Ghana as part of a scam to avoid dumping charges, and the article tells us that an order was served to have the stash removed and disposed of legally.
Perhaps our MEP did not know what was happening in his parents' garden, although judging from the photograph accompanying the piece in the Daily Post anyone visiting the property would have wondered what the gigantic pile of tyres was doing there.
In the news this morning is a complaint from Ukip that the party is being treated unfairly by the establishment and that it should have at least 23 more peers in the House of Lords.
Who knows, but perhaps we could yet see Lord Gill of Menai Bridge donning ermine robes and heading off for a new career in expense claiming.
Meanwhile Nathan Gill has been busy after his success in the European elections. No sooner had he been elected than he left Llangefni - not for Brussels or the European Parliament, where he does not intend to spend too much of his time anyway, but to campaign in the Newark by-election.
His Twitter account is strangely silent about the result in Newark and the recent press revelations about his background, but he did retweet this from BBC Wales:
MPs recall is expected to be part of today's Queen's Speech. Should you be allowed to sack your MP in between elections?
In the meantime, Jac is promising yet more insights into the House of Gill.