YouTube is an invaluable source of historical video material easily accessible to the public, covering a wide range of topics and like many people, I often use it for research on a variety of subjects.
When I wrote the Glasnost essay: ‘Light a Fire for Wales’, I came across a fascinating TV clip from the 1970’s of two highly respected Welsh intellectuals (Vincent Kane of BBC and Gwyn Thomas), discussing the merits and relevance of the Welsh language.
This was an unusually frank exchange of views that sadly no longer exists in the Welsh media and I cross-referenced the debate in my article using an active click on link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5O2tq8ouqI
Not long afterwards the YouTube link stopped working and the ‘sad face’ appeared each time anyone tried to access the video!
A YouTube statement puts it down to the multiple complaints of copyright infringement which is simple enough to understand, but why would anyone object to the airing of a significant part of the Welsh history?
It appears that Gwyn Thomas’s powerful words and the message directly aimed at the Welsh speaking nationalists had to be erased from the public domain – an inconvenient truth to the New Welsh Order that Welsh Nationalists are planning for us all.
The following is the transcript of what Gwyn Thomas said in his TV interview with Vincent Kane:
“From my early age, I joined the march for international awareness as my community was a fusion of people from English counties together with people from Welsh valleys.
In my elementary school, we had names like Marsden, Billington, as well as Jones, Evans etc and I’d have been a fool if I insisted upon a purely Welsh national identity.
Welsh nationalists should remember that at the time we had a surge of English teaching coinciding with Dylan Thomas and myself reaching our fullness.
To us, the English language was a high water mark and we considered Welsh as a kind of a pet. It was lovely to have few words and to know that we had Eisteddfods, ancient bards and the rest but the language was a pet.
Have a pet by all means but if a man runs his dog as a mayor it would have been considered as an anomaly.
Welsh communities, in the long run, would lose out when they cease to be an active part of the English speaking world because we have the spirit, we have the wit, we have the imagination to contribute something invaluable to the English-speaking world.
This is central to our future happiness or future misery of the mankind. Every active Welsh speaking nationalist is denying the Welshman the chance to fulfil his glorious function upon this world, that is to be a man of great imagination, great compassion in the language that would reach more people than any other”.
Some powerful words there from a man who left a huge mark in his time and beyond, through his brilliant writing and broadcasting skills and a man who is seen as a true Welsh patriot and a voice of reason by many.
His vision for making Wales great is now under threat as never before – A voice of reason that had to be silenced well after his death by the Welsh speaking Crachach, controlling the Welsh Governance, the Welsh Media and the Welsh Education.
Don’t accept it or be a silent observer – Stand Up to the Welsh speaking nationalists and demand freedom of choice to live your life through the English language including the freedom to educate your children through the English Medium education, free of the ‘essential Welsh speaking teachers’.
I have now found an abridged version of Gwyn Thomas’ Welsh language thoughts on YouTube that as yet, hasn’t been sanitized by the Welsh Nationalists (Any bets on it’s life span)?
The clip contains some other material but none the less you can hear the transcript detailed above, directly from the great man himself (Approx. half way down: 15 mins’ mark) – Click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyEqhep4rnQ&feature=youtu.be
In the meantime, the onslaught of Welsh language imposition is relentless and is driven by the Welsh Labour Government, Estyn, the Welsh Language Commissioner and many other fringe bodies created as ‘interested pressure groups’ often funded by the Welsh Government to suppress any opposition or dissent.
Welsh primary schools are now the prime target for the nationalists to impose their language and their culture on the rest of us and are prioritizing school Governors and teachers who can deliver the curriculum through the medium of the Welsh language.
Give a thought to Llangennech parents in Carmarthenshire who are currently being forced to accept Welsh Medium education and are denied the basic freedom of choice by the Education Authority to educate their children through the English language.
(To understand how the parental predicament occurred in a school that serves largely an English speaking community close to Swansea, one needs to understand the secretive world of the Welsh nationalists and their agenda:
Impose by stealth the key Welsh speaking Governors then appoint a Welsh speaking Headteacher and finally only employ 100% Welsh language first school teachers – This situation is not unique to Llangennech, but is practiced throughout Wales especially within the Local Education Authorities that are already in control of the Y Fro Gymraeg mindset and is spreading out to other areas of Wales like a cancer.
Time to end parental apathy and get involved especially in school Governance, children’s future is at stake!
Llangenech School Situation:
Time to end the political apathy, get involved especially in School Governance, Local Government elections and the Assembly elections too – Sadly the Welsh speaking candidates irrespective of the party they represent can’t be trusted to act in the best interests of the Welsh majority – Demand Democracy and Freedom of Choice in this linguistically confused part of the UK with language policies that are doing a huge harm to our small nation.
Don’t submit to a minority that at best forms some 7% of the Welsh population with most of them still living in the XIII c World demanding an independent Welsh speaking Republic and never ending privileges for the ‘more equals’ in a warped society that represents the post-devolution Wales – Speak Out, use your vote selectively and demand your rights.
Must not forget the sorry state of the non-Welsh speaking contingent in the Welsh Assembly who outnumber the Welsh speakers and who at no time over the last 17 years or so had the courage to stand up to countless Welsh language measures introduced initially by Rhodri Morgan and then Carwyn Jones that elevated a minority into the privileged exceptionalism: ‘Their Country – Their Language’ – Assimilate or leave – Democracy?
Further reading – Gwyn Thomas abridged biography:
Gwyn Thomas (1913-1981), was one of the foremost Welsh writers of the 20th century. He wrote novels and short stories, plays for radio and stage, and was also a scriptwriter and presenter for television. He was born in Cwm Rhondda, Glamorgan, the son of Walter and Ziphorah, and was the youngest of their twelve children. He was educated at Cymer Elementary School and Porth County School, Glamorgan, and went to St Edmund Hall Oxford in 1931, to read Modern Languages. He spent part of his degree course at the University of Madrid, and visited parts of northern Spain on his trek homewards during the summer of 1933. He returned home to Cymer in 1934, and between 1936-1938 he contributed articles to the Rhondda Leader, and lectured for the WEA on international relations. He married Eiluned (Lyn) Thomas in 1938. In 1940, he became teacher of Modern Languages at Cardigan County School, and later at Barry County School, where he remained until 1962. During this period he published eight novels, a novella and three collections of stories, and produced over a dozen plays and feature programmes for radio. In the 1960s and 1970s, he contributed more to television and theatre, and wrote articles for periodicals including Punch. Gwyn Thomas died in April 1981.
Jacques Protic 09.07.2016