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

Welsh Education: Children betrayed by the Welsh Labour Government

In most developed countries, success in life is generally based on the quality of education one gets as a child, but in Wales, where the standard of education is beyond miserable, most children would do a lot better if they got expelled!

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To put it all in perspective and how we got to this sorry state, we need to go back to the beginning of Welsh devolution when the Welsh Education became the sole responsibility of the Welsh Assembly Government.

The newly formed Welsh Labour Government didn’t take long to start dismantling the long established parity with the education system in England under the guise of creating an education system with a unique ‘Welsh Distinction’ that all successive education ministers have followed blindly to this very day.

This unique ‘Welsh Distinction’ soon became synonymous with the Welsh language imposition on a scale that went far beyond anything that existed before in Welsh education. In recent years, primary school children in English-Medium education lose between 30 – 60% of the available teaching time on learning the Welsh language!  (Token Welsh was taught for years before the devolution to largely disinterested children and generally confined to circa 5% of the available teaching time with no apparent damage to kids or standards of their education – The only exception was Gwynedd which included Anglesey at the time and few schools in the Welsh speaking areas of West Wales).

The Welsh speaking nationalists took control of the Welsh Labour Party that has dominated Welsh politics ever since, and they have used the devolution as a stepping stone to promote and impose the Welsh language in education and public employment by any means irrespective of whether the measures used were legal or not.

That was beginning of the end for the Welsh education as we knew it and unquestionably the sole reason for the ongoing and near terminal decline of the Welsh education system.

The scheming nationalists must have known that any parity with the English education had to end and quickly as it wouldn’t have taken long to establish that the new Welsh language provisions were damaging children’s education through comparative tests that still existed at the time.

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Y Fro Nationalists ‘Shoot down Royal Air Force’

At this very moment David Cornock of BBC Wales, as their Westminster correspondent, has written an article which touches upon the Welsh Language: “William Hague’s Bed Time Reading” ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-29159356 ) and inadvertently opened up a small opportunity for those who feel uneasy about being forced to assimilate into the Welsh language and its culture to express their feelings and thoughts.

This is easier said than done as BBC Wales in post devolution Wales excels itself by sanitising and censoring comments that expose sheer nonsense and insanity of Welsh language imposition and policies in Wales, especially in education, that is damaging children “Socially and Academically”.

This brings me back to RAF Valley on Anglesey who in 2011 published on their website a Welcome Message from the Station Commander to promote Day School Allowance for North Wales (DSA) aimed at service personnel with young children – In other words RAF is providing an opportunity of good education for children in their care in English language within the local independent schools, by funding the school fees.

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