Not a ‘figment of my imagination’ but the heading statement came from the lips of Archdruid Geraint Lloyd Owen in defense of their decision not to allow the Welsh Football Team to be honoured by the Gorsedd at the Eisteddfod for its remarkable achievement in UEFA Euro 2016 competition.
Archdruid said: As most ‘Welsh’ football players do not speak Welsh; Eisteddfod standards must be kept, then elaborated further:
“If they can’t speak Welsh I don’t see how we can welcome them in [Gorsedd], because Welsh [Language] is the biggest, strongest weapon we have as a nation and without it, we have nothing”.
A truly bizarre statement that in my view is an affront to the non-Welsh speaking majority who by inference are nothing too!
This nonsense was then followed by the Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones who together with Alun Davies (Minister for the Welsh Language) used Eisteddfod 2016 as a platform in a sinister ploy to push the Welsh Labour Party’s Cymrufication agenda to the next stage:
Creating 1,000,000 Welsh speakers by 2050 that first appeared in a small print within the Welsh Labour’s Manifesto (2016 Assembly Elections) is now an official policy and seems to be highly ironic that the County of Monmouthshire that is perhaps more English than England has been chosen to signal that the English language and its culture is no longer relevant in the post-devolution Wales – Arrogance?
The Welsh language irrelevance in most of Wales is not a deterrent to the Welsh Labour Government when it comes to applying its Social Engineering Agenda and we now have yet another ‘consultation paper’ with a predetermined outcome:
This consultation is open for comment until 31st October 2016 and it should be a WAKE UP CALL to anyone who values Freedom of Choice and parents being able to choose the educational language for their children.
Our children are the prime target for this absurd notion of creating Million Welsh speakers by compulsion and the Welsh primary education is the key vehicle they have to do so in parallel with imposing ‘Essential Welsh’ for most public jobs.
The English Medium Education will be phased out and the intention is to impose Welsh Medium teaching in all primary schools as soon as they have enough Welsh speaking teachers from the Welsh language 1 homes.
No such facility exists for the English language majority in Wales so, once again, we see Welsh and English being called equal but Welsh is clearly more equal than English (To understand this assertion how it works in practice read Llangennech School update in the footnote to this essay).
The well-established facts from the Welsh Government’s education statistics based on the Y Fro Gymraeg world school performance (Anglesey and Gwynedd) where English Medium education was abolished long ago clearly identify that the Welsh Medium Education damages English Language 1 children and stifles their academic progress.
We now have an absurd situation that the devolved Government is knowingly promoting and imposing education policies in full knowledge that these policies will have a negative and damaging impact on most children in Wales.
To access the ‘consultation document’ click here – http://gov.wales/consultations/welshlanguage/welsh-language-strategy-consultation/?lang=en
On page 19 of the ’consultation’ preamble, there is an interesting statement of ‘Rights’ which reads:
“Over the last half a century, several pieces of legislation have been passed which underpin people’s right to use Welsh, their freedom to use the language, and to receive Welsh language services. The most recent of these is the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011, under which the Welsh Language Commissioner’s office was established.”
No ’Rights’ mentioned for those who do not speak Welsh or do not want to learn Welsh, instead a thinly veiled threat in the following sentence (highlighted):
“Although the Measure in and of itself does not mean that more people speak Welsh, it is a solid foundation upon which to build for the future, as it gives the language official status in Wales, introduces duties through the Welsh language standards on the basis that services are offered proactively, and permits any interference with people’s freedom to use Welsh to be investigated.
A strange choice of words but the message is clear enough – Wales now belongs to the Welsh speaking minority – Assimilate or leave!
The saddest part of all this is the silence in the Welsh Assembly where AM’s of all political party colours have become subservient to the ‘Weaponised Cause’ without realising that the weapon these people have is a weapon of a massive self-destruction of a ‘nation’ that never was!
Eisteddfod (2017) is on my home patch of Anglesey and awaiting with great anticipation the next mind-boggling revelations from the Weaponised Welsh (WW) led by ‘Our Dear Leader’ The Rt Hon. Carwyn Jones.
Are we going to see more of Weaponised Proliferation for the privileges of the ‘Welsh Exceptional Minority’ (WEM) and more Weapons of Mass Discrimination WMD (I) or even the Weapons of Mass Deception WMD (II), or both?
Finally, another reminder of the language war of attrition still going on in Carmarthenshire (Llangennech) but this time the parents found the guts and the courage to stand up to the Local Education Authority who wants to abolish English Medium Education in a community where English speakers are the significant majority – See:
https://keepllangennechprimarydualstream.wordpress.com/ and what the Welsh Media had to say on the issue:
Judicial review warning over Llangennech Welsh school plan
Parents who oppose the removal of an English language stream at a Carmarthenshire primary school are using legal help and ready to apply for a judicial review if forced to do so.
Most parents at Llangennech school object to the council’s policy of extending Welsh medium provision.
The council plans to extend Welsh medium provision in schools, partly in response to census figures which show a fall in Welsh speakers in the county. It has said replacing Llangennech Infant and Llangennech Junior schools with a new Welsh-medium community primary would ensure “bilingualism is increased” in the area.
A petition previously submitted to the council said the move would have a “massive impact” on children in the community who seek an English-medium education.
Jacques Protic 19.08.2016