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