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

bbc-news

 

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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