Setting the record straight: ‘Toxicity in Llangennech’ debugged (Part I)

The small village of Llangennech in South West Wales has recently attracted a huge Welsh ‘media’ attention through an unusual set of events that has created perhaps the beginning of a ‘conversation’ that Wales has never had and on a topic, that is generally discouraged and often censored.

No Brownie points for guessing the forbidden topic. Yes, it’s the Welsh language and its corrosive and damaging impact, especially on children from English-speaking homes when submersed into Welsh Medium Education.

The Welsh language prioritisation and imposition is the principal reason behind the unprecedented decline and unravelling of Welsh education standards from the point the Welsh Labour Government chose to put the Welsh language ideology before the good of the nation.

So, what has happened to get the Welsh media into a frenzy and hyperactivity to discredit and demean a group of parents through selective, deliberate, and often defamatory headlines that distorted the truth beyond anything that could be defined as objective, rational, or reasonable?  This:

Then this (BBC Wales):

The answer is simple enough.  Several brave and dedicated parents got organised and said NO to Plaid Cymru-controlled Carmarthenshire Council’s decision to ‘create more Welsh speakers’ by imposing the Welsh Medium Education for primary school children in the village of Llangennech.

At this point, it should be noted that the battle of wills (Parents v Council) was an ongoing situation for more than a year and the process culminated only a few weeks ago with the Council’s decision/ruling that from September 1st Llangennech children will be taught solely in Welsh. The Welsh-medium school will become the Llangennech Community Primary School disregarding 757 objections from the village in the process.

Most of the village parents are highly focused on the wellbeing of their children and at no stage, they were even remotely ‘anti-Welsh’ under the Welsh nationalist definitions.

Their principle objective always was and still is, to protect and retain the current dual-stream teaching format which for years has operated upon parental choices and preferences for either Welsh Medium or English medium education.

Llangennech parents represent the normal folk you’ll find in any community, most of whom come from the traditional Labour grassroots, and it was no surprise that they opted to seek help from their political representatives, Lee Waters their AM and Nia Griffiths the local MP, both belonging to the Labour Party.

Through my contact with Lee Waters and from what I learned by reading various statements he made on his blog and in the social media Lee and Nia chose to use a low-key approach working behind the scenes but generally supportive of the parents’ stance which unfortunately got them nowhere – The Council wasn’t going to budge no matter what!

Frustrated and perhaps angry at the lack of political voice in the public domain the parents reached the fateful decision a couple of weeks ago to seek help from UKIP and invited Neil Hamilton who is their Regional AM to talk to them and seek a way forward.

To his credit, Neil came prepared and raised the Education Act 1996 which states the following but quickly ignored by the media:

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9 Pupils to be educated in accordance with parents’ wishes.

In exercising or performing all their respective powers and duties under the Education Acts, the Secretary of [F1State and local education authorities] shall have regard to the general principle that pupils are to be educated in accordance with the wishes of their parents, so far as that is compatible with the provision of efficient instruction and training and the avoidance of unreasonable public expenditure.

During his visit to Llangennech Neil Hamilton met a few of the lead parents including Mrs Beddows who was considering standing for the Community Council in May’s elections under the Labour flag (Community Councillors only have a limited role and principally deal with mundane matters centred around well-being of their local community and derive no pay for their efforts).

The other prominent parent opposed to the Council’s onslaught to remove the English Medium education is Jacqueline Seward who is standing as a Labour candidate for the County Council seat in her ward.  She played no part in the meeting with Neil Hamilton and chose to stay away upon the advice she got from Lee Waters and Nia Griffiths.

As Mrs Beddows was perceived as ‘Toxic’ through her opposition to the imposed Welsh Medium Education (WME) that she often articulated in a measured way principally as a mother who experienced the huge distress and unhappiness of her child who initially started schooling in a Welsh Medium class.

Mrs Beddows, felt she had no option but to change education format for her child to the English Medium that transformed overnight an unhappy little person to one that enjoyed being in school (A situation that I also experienced as a parent and many other parents too but kept out of the public domain by the Welsh media).

The prominence that the parents got via the local press, TV and radio interviews drew support from all over Wales and this negative publicity against a Plaid and Llafur flagship policy clearly had to be ended.

Michaela Beddows together with Jacqueline Seward were singled out by Leanne Wood, the leader of Plaid Cymru, who together with Jonathan Edwards, Plaid Cymru MP for Carmarthen East, started a truly nasty campaign aimed at the parents under the guise that Plaid Cymru represents the fundamental issues such as human rights, protection of minorities, religious and cultural diversity and so on but is it true?

Answers to this question including the shameless role of Welsh media [Western Mail (Wales on Line); BBC Cymru Wales; Radio Wales and including the most recent intervention by BBC’s Huw Edwards] in degrading and vilifying of Llangennech parents opposed to the Welsh language compulsion, will be expanded upon in part II over the next few days.

Also, the response to Llangennech situation by the Welsh ‘Labour’ Party will be also looked at in the next article.

Jacques Protic 21.02.2017

Welsh Education: Parental anguish as the D day approaches

Plaid Cymru-controlled Carmarthenshire County Council has been at war with Llangennech parents for over a year now in trying to impose Welsh Medium Education in local primary schools.

‘Consultation process’ is now over and this Wednesday (18th January 2017) it’s expected the Carmarthenshire Council vote will impose Council’s agenda and its will on people of Llangennech.

The parents who have shown a huge courage and determination throughout their dispute with the Council took an unusual step recently and have circulated the following document to all Councilors and other interested parties (Click on the image to enlarge):
Even at this stage, Carmarthenshire Council continues to use disinformation (Note the way the ‘consultation’ process was summarised by including 100’s of largely anonymous ‘Welsh language supporters’ and most living outside of the County of Carmarthenshire) and we should not forget the L1 Welsh kids who have been bussed in, in numbers to try and show a ‘Welsh language’ demand that doesn’t actually exist within the school’s catchment area!

Individuals behind the Council’s bullying of parents to accept Welsh Medium Education include Carmarthenshire’s Director of Education Mr Rob Sully, an army of Plaid Cymru’s Councilors lead by Cllr Gareth Jones, most of Llangennech School Governors headed by their Chairman (Tim Davies), School’s headmaster and most of the teaching staff, who all just happen to be the Welsh language 1 speakers!

Unusually for the Welsh media, the local papers (Llanelli Herald and Llanelli Star) provided a reasonable level of information of the issues but failed to challenge the wild and often inaccurate assertions as to the benefits Welsh Medium education endlessly spouted by the Carmarthen establishment and their supporters.

If the truth is to be told, there are ZERO benefits for the English-speaking children to undergo Welsh language immersion in the ever so crucial the early years learning period.

It’s interesting to note that the Welsh language immersion in primary education as used by many Welsh Local Education Authorities and often without parental consent is defined by UNICEF as SUBMERSION – Where L1 English kids are being educated in a language with inferior opportunities pretty much on a ‘sink or swim’ basis: Pure evil IMHO!

The damage is huge and lasting and supported by mountains of evidence provided by UNESCO, Save the Children Foundation, Welsh Government’s education statistics and other information available in the public domain.

I genuinely admire and support the effort and all the hard work Llangennech parents have done in their quest for justice and fair play but do have a fundamental disagreement with their notion that the dual stream education is win-win for all.

Dual stream education by implication demands ‘bilingual’ teachers in the Welsh language context only and excludes teachers who may be far better qualified to inspire and educate the young minds outside of the Welsh state sponsored Welsh language ideology.

I firmly believe that the only option available to the Welsh Labour Government and the Local Education Authorities in Wales is to respect parental choices and have the WM or EM education strictly based on quantifiable and genuine parental demand.

I’ll conclude with an extract from the recent British Council Wales Education Development Trust comment:

“The question of whether Welsh is a language that many parents would choose also needs to be addressed with a global perspective in mind.

Welsh is a language we should foster and encourage and never let die. It is, however, and will remain a minority language and the more it is forced onto people the less support it will receive”. 

Jacques Protic 16.01.2017

 

 

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me?

A delightful childhood axiom that most of us will remember, but is it true?

Words do have an immense power and over the centuries of human history, it was the words that were used by good and evil people that brought hope, enlightenment or unleashed forces of huge destruction upon the mankind.

In the context of Wales and “words” we are seeing an interesting phenomenon through the increased usage of a language defined as ableist (expressions used to label and insult whenever no rational argument is available that can stand scrutiny).

Not long after I formed the Glasnost UK website and started sharing my views upon the Welsh post-devolution realities, I became a target to some truly obnoxious low life Welsh speaking trolls.

These ‘people’ felt that by demeaning me through lies and distortions on various nationalist blogs or other public platforms that somehow the well-researched and factual essays published on Glasnost and elsewhere will be deemed worthless and dismissed.

This strategy failed but then through their ‘ingenuity’ they opted for the ableist approach and overnight I became some or all of the following ‘diminutives’, (Featured on BBC Wales web pages, most of Welsh press and the Social Media too):

A Fuckwit / A Nazi / A Serb Racist / An English Coloniser / A Twat / A Welsh Hater and a lot more including the most often and commonly used ‘advice’: “Fuck Off to England”!

Last week I made a comment on a rather crude obituary published in the Western Mail – WOL (Wales on Line) on the death of A A Gill where the article was more concerned on reminding the Welsh readership of his ‘hatred for Wales’ rather than perhaps using the time-honored approach of not speaking bad of the dead!

Fortunately, A A Gill’s contribution to journalism, including his wit and brilliance was highlighted and honoured in the national media and it is unlikely he’ll be turning in his grave for facing the wrath of the Welsh Nats but by defending his stance and freedom of speech I got this reply on WOL pages:

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To my thinking, a despicable comment and carefully worded not to appear as a direct threat but menacing nevertheless and perhaps intended to incite others to resort to violence?

As I understand it, the ‘author’ of the comment Kevin Bates, now lives in Scotland but there are ‘loads’ more in Wales that never lose an opportunity to insult me including the so-called ‘journalists’ from the Daily Post (Trinity-Mirror publishing group that includes the Wales on Line):

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Back to the beginning and my assertion ‘do the words hurt’?

Whilst the insults and the abuse I often get, do not have a direct impact on me as I and long ago got immune from such nonsense, however it does have an impact on my friends and family.

I try hard to hide instances of this nature and shield them from it but it’s not easy to do so and people do get hurt, but can’t see the Welsh nats shedding any tears anytime soon!

I’ll conclude with a quote, the origin of which escapes me at present but very apt in the context of this article:

It’s difficult to win arguments against clever people but damn  impossible to do so against the small-minded bigots’

Do I deserve this for exposing the Orwellian Social Engineering of Wales through Welsh Labour Government’s compulsion measures to create a ‘bilingual society’ by imposing a language and a culture of little to no relevance to most people of Wales?

I assume any answer to my question above, hinges on ‘Who is Welsh’?

The privileged minority of circa 10% of the Welsh population and all Welsh speakers as the language one or the 80% majority of Anglo-Welsh who live their lives through the English language?

The missing 10% are the Wenglish who use the Anglicised version of Welsh for social interaction but lack ability to read or write Welsh and often dismissed by the privileged puritans as irrelevant or even worse, being called the English!

Jacques Protic 14.12.2016

 

 

 

 

 

Cattle moving service’s use of Welsh language criticised

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The body responsible for monitoring the movement of cattle has been criticised by the Welsh language commissioner, Meri Huws.

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Meri Huws said 92.5% of calls to the Welsh language line of the British Cattle Movement Service between September and February were not dealt with in the language, the Welsh cows PREFER.

In November, two calls were dealt with in Welsh out of a total of 124 Welsh language calls (92.5%), whilst numbers of callers preferring English language, circa 3,000 calls in the same period were addressed correctly in the language of caller / cattle preference.
The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) which oversees BCMS, said it took its Welsh language obligations seriously.

Ms Huws concluded the agency had breached its own Welsh language policy and recommended the agency provides her office with monthly statistics for a year to monitor the situation.

The RPA has allegedly said it would consider the recommendations in the report so it could “continue to support the Welsh-speaking cattle” in the best way possible!

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The above is largely an extract from the BBC Wales News report (6th October 2016) with some added satire to bring reality to the never ending demands for ‘more Welsh language’ and more ‘essential’ Welsh speaking jobsworths in public jobs.

Essential Welsh Language requirement is becoming an unsustainable liability to the Welsh economy and long overdue to say, to the Welsh Language Police and to the Welsh Labour Government, Enough is Enough!

Jacques Protic 08.10.2016

European Zimbabwe in the making: Welsh language pressure group trying to impose uncompetitive practices on Wylfa B nuclear station

Couple of  weeks ago, UK Government’s planning officials (Bristol based), have been forced to apologise to Welsh nationalists including some local politicians after a public meeting was held on Anglesey without a Welsh translator present!

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The Planning Inspectorate held a public meeting in Anglesey’s capital (Llangefni), to offer more information on how the planning process works on major infrastructure developments, specifically the Wylfa B nuclear power station, but anything they had to say simply ‘fell on the deaf ears’ of few nationalists present who walked out in protest, whilst most people stayed and presumably were happy with the presentation format.

These who walked out were the people who have no respect for anyone outside of their narrow ‘Gog speaking circles’ and are determined to impose their will and their tribal language by any means on the Welsh majority including any outsiders who dare ignore the Orwellian privileges granted to them by the Welsh Labour Government.

Instead of standing their ground and stating the obvious that in Wales like in any other part of the UK everyone speaks English, the planning officials chose to grovel in the same way as the Horizon’s CEO Duncan Hawthorne did a while back in a similar context (See Breaking News: ‘Nuclear boss nuked’) – A new meeting is now in the process of being arranged – Cost and time issues not relevant, when the tax payers’ money is involved?

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Horizon Nuclear Boss grovelling but still gets NUKED

The ‘nuclear saga’ continues and little headway made, since I wrote the initial article ‘More problems for Theresa May’.

A grovelling apology has been issued last week to the Welsh nationalists by Horizon’s Nuclear Power CEO Duncan Hawthorne through an open letter, only to be dismissed with contempt.

The ‘Get English Out’ brigade’s response was neatly summed up in the local press (NW Chronicle – 8th Sept 16) in the following extract:

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It appears there is little common ground between the two parties and highly unlikely that any compromise will be reached anytime soon (The fact that Anglesey and Wales are desperate for investment and jobs, seems to matter not)?

It also appears to many who are observing the ‘nuclear developments’, that these people have no relationship with the process of reasoning and have conveniently forgotten that the original nuclear power station the Wylfa I Magnox which was commissioned back in 1971 has gone through the nearly identical process.

Other than the significant economic benefits, there was no damage to the ‘privileged minority’, their culture or their language and all of that before the TAN 20 legislation granting the Welsh speakers a ‘protected status’ anywhere in Wales and well before the ‘Welsh language Police’ was created (Welsh Language Commissioner)!

Since then the nationalists in this part of Wales (Anglesey and Gwynedd) have achieved the total stranglehold of the Local Governance including the education and are imposing their language and their culture with no mercy or seem to hold any respect that on Anglesey the non-Welsh speakers are in majority.

Both Counties have removed English Medium education in the primary years a long time ago (ending up with an abysmal quality of education) and all public jobs are strictly there for the Welsh speakers only – Democracy, fair and reasonable, I think not – Racial Discrimination, more likely?

Back to Horizon’s CEO’s letter, here in full:

“The Wylfa Newydd power station will create generations of high quality employment for local, Welsh-speaking people.

If you look at the existing Wylfa station you’ll see Welsh speakers, doing high quality jobs. If you look at the existing Horizon offices, you’ll see Welsh speaking people doing high quality jobs, and this Autumn they’re joined by Welsh speaking apprentices embarking on high quality careers. We support the Welsh language because we want to, not just because we need to.

This week, frankly, we’ve made a bit of a mess of communicating this by not properly explaining some amendments we asked for to draft local planning guidance. We’re sorry if this has given the wrong impression about our commitment. Put simply, we were worried that wording in the draft guidance could have led to Wylfa Newydd being unable to go ahead if there was any impact on Welsh language, in any area, for even a short time, regardless of the undoubted long term benefit. We’ll do a better job of making this clearer as we look to resolve this issue.

We can’t claim there won’t be any impacts to manage during the build phase because every big construction project the world over needs to bring in some people from outside. This is why we’re working hard, not just on our long term plans to foster the language, but on ways of dealing with any temporary impacts. We make no secret of this, we’re honest about it – in fact please come to our consultation events this month and next where you can pick up updated plans, and talk to our teams (in English or Welsh) about language issues, and all other aspects of the Wylfa Newydd project”.

Duncan Hawthorne
CEO, Horizon Nuclear Power


Jacques Protic 10.09.2016

Nuclear Energy: more problems for Theresa May – The Welsh dimension

Most of us know or have heard of Teresa’s Chinese puzzle regarding the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station (Government’s concern on security and cost grounds) but few of us are aware of the Welsh Government’s TAN 20 planning legislation that can derail the Horizon project of building a new nuclear plant on Anglesey.

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The future of UK’s energy supply is now at risk and not just from the secretive Chinese and their ambitions for world domination but also from a bunch of looneys still living in the XIII century world, demanding Exceptionalism and Privileges on the grounds that they speak Cymraeg (Welsh).

These people have managed to infiltrate every level of Welsh society in the post-devolution period and now control the Welsh Labour Government, most quangos, BBC Wales, other Welsh media and have endless pressure groups, all there for a simple purpose of making them ‘More Equal’.

In Wales, the social inclusion and democracy is well on the way to being eradicated but interfering with a project of a huge national significance may just be a step too far?

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Carmarthenshire LEA Erasing English Medium Education

The Council’s Local Education Authority (LEA) has issued a formal notice of their intent in Llangennech – Effective as from Monday 5th September 2016:

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Full version of the notice is now on Council’s website: http://www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/home/council-democracy/public-notices/llangennech-infants-and-llangennech-junior-schools/

A retrograde step in many ways that will damage children from the English language 1 homes as it’s now more than evident that the Welsh Medium “for all” drives down the level of achievement in schools and reduces the life chances of most pupils.

Welsh Medium (WM) education must not be driven through at all costs and the best interests of pupils and their parents must be respected.

Sadly, in Carmarthenshire, the LEA does not value children’s interests or has any conscience regarding the negative implications on their future and the WM education shall be imposed no matter what.

Considerable parental opposition to imposed WM education has been voiced prominently in the local media (Llanelli Star / Llanelli Herald), then Wales on Line and even mentioned on BBC Wales got them absolutely nowhere!

Full history of parental anguish and distress can be read on their website:  https://keepllangennechprimarydualstream.wordpress.com/

With all the faux consultation stages, now completed and all that’s left is to “object formally” to the Statutory Notice.

Having said this, It has been made crystal clear in the Executive Summary that every objection on community or pedagogical grounds has already been dismissed using ideology (policy), not pedagogy and will be dismissed again.

This is basically the well tried and practised Gwynedd method = Social Engineering Policy that trumps pedagogy and human rights.

Time for the Welsh Labour Government to get involved or all of this mess is their doing?

Jacques Protic 04.09.2016

Loony Corner of Welsh Nationalism Exposed

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In the Orwellian world that Wales has become under the leadership of Welsh speaking First Ministers in the post devolution period it has become increasingly difficult to penetrate obstructions and censorship on the part of the Welsh establishment including the Welsh media to effectively challenge the notion created by the Welsh Labour that the Welsh speaking minority is a privileged class based on their ‘linguistic exceptionalism’ and therefore worthy of unprecedented privileges in the Welsh public sector and elsewhere.

The intention of this ‘Loony Corner’ is to expose the lies and deceit behind the headlines celebrating the Welsh linguistic exceptionalism as they appear in the media – Watch this space:

EISTEDDFOD 2016 “WEAPONISED WALES” Without the Welsh Language Wales is Nothing

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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?

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