For several years I have been the subject to some vile threats, intimidation, hate mail and all because I chose to stand up for the oppressed majority in a nation that has made most of us the second class citizens.
The latest development is an organised attempt by the nationalists to eliminate my presence on social media platforms and so far have managed to get my Twitter account suspended.
As I understand it, they are now focusing on doing the same with the Glasnost UK account on Facebook and had several failed attempts trying to take down the Glasnost UK website, bizarre.
One of my friends made a very astute observation when I told her about the situation:
“So no discourse or reasoned debate is allowed? I wonder why the myopic few are so intolerant of anyone who highlights the adverse effects of these language policies on the majority of the Welsh population. It’s not a rational or reasonable approach to take, is it?”
Also, found an interesting thread on Twitter and a group of people who seem to be rejoicing in my account being suspended, the answer or a clue may be in their Twitter profiles?
To uninformed outsiders, the second class citizenship statement in the opening paragraph is unlikely to make much or any sense but what we have in the post-devolution Wales, is nothing other than a bizarre world where Dystopia merges into Utopia.
On one side, we have the oppressed and the abused majority, and on the other end, the privileged minority who live the dream of the self-created Y Fro Gymraeg bubble.
In the Utopian world within this bubble, the Welsh language flourishes and where everyone loves the language that in reality, their precious language is irrelevant to most people living in Wales, is conveniently ignored.
To make sure the Welsh language is ‘loved’, the devolved governance is relying on some draconian measures where the compulsion or diktat or both are enshrined in the legislative provisions either enacted by the national government or the devolved administration.
We have ended up with an absurd situation where the Welsh language is effectively ‘more equal’ than the English language, and where the legislation has helped the Welsh-speaking minority create a form of a legalised linguistic racism at the expense of the majority.
This linguistic racism has effectively become a meal ticket via the public sector for many whose only ‘life skill’ is the ability to speak Welsh, and it appears that the nationalists will go to any length needed to protect their ‘God-given’ privileges.
Some thinking people often refer to them as the state-funded parasites, literarily bleeding the nation to a slow death and being a significant factor behind the demise of the education standards, the economy and the NHS in Wales.
Strong words? Just think of the Welsh Assembly for now, and the army of translators employed within and what they do:
Their only function is to provide instant translation via the headphones to the majority of the Assembly members who are not Welsh-speakers or to translate everything that’s not in Welsh for posterity that hardly anyone ever reads.
Translating services in the context of a nation where everyone speaks English is not only plain stupid but is also profoundly sinister IMHO.
Each time an Assembly Members chooses to speak in Welsh, we are all reminded who controls our nation and for whose benefit.
I’m not advocating banishing the Welsh language as it’s a cultural language of a significant minority and needs support via practical and reasonable measures but must not come before the English language.
Welsh Assembly and the Devolution has failed Wales. Most Welsh members of Parliament and the Assembly contingent from all main parties (Labour & Conservatives) have all failed the majority by tolerating or openly endorsing the linguistic racism.
Plaid Cymru or the ‘Party of Wales’ as they call themselves is the only party that is being honest with the electorate, and for those who want the Welsh language and Welsh Independence at least they have a political platform to articulate their ambition.
This is in stark contrast to the Welsh Labour and Welsh Conservatives, who are reliant on the English-speaking majority to get elected and use lies and deceit to do so – Both parties are led by the Welsh-speakers, does anyone seriously think that they will put Wales before their language?
In conclusion, we have ended up with an Orwellian society where the ‘more equal’ Welsh-speaking minority can demand to be spoken to or addressed in Welsh anywhere in Wales and also demand and get the Welsh Medium Education for their children.
Can the people who do not speak Welsh demand a right to have their children educated in English only?
Can the non-Welsh-speaking individuals be considered for a public job, where most positions are often designated ‘Essential Welsh-speaker’, even if they are better qualified to do the job, via the English language?
The answer is NO to both, and all down to the Labour and Conservative Assembly Members who have helped place the Welsh-speaking minority into the position of privilege and entitlement.
The privilege and entitlement for the minority are damaging Wales and ensuring the perpetual decline of everything that matters or should matter to people of Wales (Education/NHS/Economy).
Welsh people need to wake up and start standing up for their rights, and the only way to do so IMO is via the ballot box at the Assembly elections next year and vote for the parties that are demanding Abolishing or Scrapping the Welsh Assembly:
A lesson from Ireland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mrg_xuJZsDQ