BBC wales operate upon the ROM principle (Read Out Memory) only, and seldom they allow any feedback – Any thoughts/views on this article will be published in the comments section after the article:
On Monday MPs voted for the UK government’s immigration bill at second reading.
It will do away with free movement for people from the EU and pave the way for a new points system.
In response the Home Office said that English is “the national language”.
The Welsh Language Commissioner, Aled Roberts, has also called on the Home Office to “acknowledge Welsh as an official language in Wales” as part of the new system.
A spokesperson at the Welsh Government said ministers are “concerned” by the proposals from the Home Office, “which do not make provision for other official UK languages, other than English”.
“Welsh holds the same legal status as English in Wales and should be treated no less favourably.
“We strongly believe that Welsh language skills should be awarded the same points as for English. The Minister for International Relations and Welsh Language will making these points to the Home Secretary.”
The plans for the new points-based immigration system would award 10 points for an ability to speak English “at a required level”, as well as points for having an annual income of at least £23,040 a year, having a job offer in place from an approved sponsor, if there are shortages in the proposed area of employment, and a high level of education in a relevant field.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “We are delivering a news points-based immigration system that works in the interests of all of the United Kingdom.
“As the national language, being able to speak English will help people live and integrate effectively wherever they choose to settle in the UK.”
The Welsh Language Commissioner, Aled Roberts, said he will be writing again to the Home Office “to request a response to their initial letter, and an explanation of the situation.”
A significant detail occurred to me after I wrote the article on the plight of the children with no Welsh at home in Welsh Medium ‘Education,’ and will attempt to expand on it, under the context of the subheading question:
Are the Welsh parents most gullible parents on the planet?
The question only applies to parents in Wales who do not speak Welsh and are from the 80%+ segment of the total population in Wales. The only mitigating factor is in parts of Wales where the authorities (LEA’s) have already removed the English Medium Education in primary years, therefore no choice unless the parents can afford the independent school sector.
Most of these people have swallowed the Welsh language propaganda hook, line, and sinker, without knowing, understanding or questioning what it’s all about and for whose benefit.
Many of these parents willingly submerse (*) their children into the Welsh Medium Education or have them in the so-called English Medium schools with significant Welsh.
In both settings, most of the teaching time is lost on Welsh, then the quality of the teaching staff may be compromised as they mainly come from a small pool of the Welsh-speaking teachers. The end result is children underperforming through the toxic stress concept that I introduced and dealt with within the main article.
Now, let’s reverse the linguistic gospel and for the argument’s sake, say if the kids with no Welsh at home must be subject to compulsory Welsh learning, then the same principle should apply to the children who only speak Welsh at home and make them learn English throughout the foundation and the KS1 stage (3-7 years by age).
Reasonable? I guess, most fairminded people would say yes, and amazingly so the Welsh Government ‘apparently’ thought the same just over a year ago when they proposed to include compulsory English lessons in the Welsh-medium nurseries.
As soon as the word got out into the public domain, the Welsh language fanatics were outraged, fuming, raving and demanding Kirsty Williams’ head on the platter.
English language poison must not be allowed in the Welsh-medium nurseries where the ‘more equal minority’ send their children to be educated and insist on racial and cultural purity.
Didn’t take long for Kirsty Williams to back off and even managed to apologise by grovelling for making such a dreadful mistake to the Welsh-speaking lobby. Surprisingly BBC CYMRU wales picked it up and published the sorry saga, back in February of last year:
In the footnote, I’ll include the full article as written by my ‘favourite, impartial and always objective’ Welsh-speaking BBC Cymru’s education correspondent, Bethan Lewis. But, what has been missed out, and why so much anger from the Welsh language missionaries?
Before I deal with the key question above, Kirsty Williams after backtracking on the English language early years learning, was quickly back in the Social Media underlying her commitment to the Welsh language immersion that should read submersion (*):
Now to the answer and it should not surprise anyone that the Welsh language missionaries want the best possible education for their children and through their home language.
They know fully well the key facts to good education as often articulated by the British Council, Save the Children Foundation, UNICEF and many other education experts throughout the world.
The British Council summed it up perfectly:
“By using the learners’ home language, learners are more likely to engage in the learning process. The interactive learner-centred approach – recommended by all educationalists – thrives in an environment where learners are sufficiently proficient in the language of instruction. It allows learners to make suggestions, ask questions, answer questions and create and communicate new knowledge with enthusiasm. It gives learners confidence and helps to affirm their cultural identity. This, in turn, has a positive impact on the way learners see the relevance of school to their lives.
But when learners start school in a language that is still new to them, it leads to a teacher-centred approach and reinforces passiveness and silence in classrooms. This, in turn, suppresses young learners’ potential and liberty to express themselves freely. It dulls the enthusiasm of young minds, inhibits their creativity, and makes the learning experience unpleasant. All of which is bound to have a negative effect on learning outcomes.”
Then there is another dimension to all of this and one that is far more sinister. The Welsh language missionaries want the total and the absolute control of the Welsh nation through privilege and entitlement including, jobs for life for them and their children.
By insisting on compulsory Welsh-medium education for all, these people are destroying the children whose home language is English by not allowing them to flourish and develop their potential.
Welsh Government (Labour) is guilty of a heinous crime as they have consciously and deliberately created legislative conditions to enable the Welsh language extremists to dictate the format and route that Welsh education should follow – More than evident through Kirsty Willams’s surrender act.
As I’ve said it before, do not expect a reprieve from the Welsh Conservatives as they are fully supportive and committed to the Cymraeg 2050 cause – Devolution is not working for 80% of us, so where do we go from here?
Back to the gullible parents, who are supporting social engineering of Wales by sacrificing their children is not an answer. Start demanding the best education your child should get and in your home language.
Insist on the removal of all teachers deemed ‘Welsh speaker essential’ in the English Medium schools. Children need inspiring teachers and not the Welsh language fanatics.
Take the fight to your LEA (Local Education Authority), get involved in school governance and keep out those who are only involved through the agenda to support the Welsh language dominance.
Get organised, form an action group with other parents and if your LEA is not providing the education format that you want or desire don’t hesitate to take your children out of the school – Your children deserve a decent future.
Politicians are usually sensitive to public feelings and use them to articulate your case. If they refuse to help, vote them out and keep spreading the word.
Can’t believe what I have just written, suggesting a revolution in the so-called ‘democracy’ but when democracy is stolen or taken away from you then there is no other option IMO.
Now to ‘Submersion’ (*):
“Last week Welsh teaching union Ucac said the proposal in the new Curriculum White Paper was “a serious concern”.
But now the government has said the wording was not an accurate reflection of its intentions.
It has acknowledged the “unintended consequences”.
Ministers have also pledged to ensure any new law will make clear that language immersion can continue.
Currently, English is introduced incrementally from the age of seven in Welsh-medium schools.
The consultation document said it would be a “duty on all schools and funded nursery settings to teach English as a compulsory element of the new curriculum for Wales”.
In a statement, the Welsh Government said on reflection that statement “does not reflect our intention” and would have “unintended consequences” for Welsh-medium schools and nurseries who apply immersion as the teaching model.
“To be absolutely clear, our proposal is the new curriculum will still enable schools and settings, such as cylchoedd meithrin, to fully immerse children in the Welsh language,” it added.
Ucac has welcomed the clarification.
The union’s general secretary Rebecca Williams said: “The unanimity and ferocity of the response from parents and organisations proves the value of immersion as an approach that creates bilingual citizens. It also emphasises the need for constant vigilance, and the importance of scrutiny and protest within a democratic system.
“We look forward now to responding to the detail of the proposals which should see our curriculum moving forward to a new and pioneering era.”
‘Lack of faith for the future’
Siân Gwenllian AM, Plaid Cymru’s shadow minisiter for education and Welsh language said: “The fact that such a clause has been included in the first place raises serious questions about the credibility and integrity of this government’s education department and its education minister.
“This mess is a sign of a lack of basic understanding learning within government about the necessities of minority language teaching.
“It does not generate a lot of faith for the future, given the key part the department is expected to play is to plan the growth of Welsh-medium education as part of the government’s goal to create a million Welsh speakers by 2050.”
‘The Ministry of Truth’ BBC CYMRU (wales), never misses an opportunity to promote the Y Fro Gymraeg narrative and are shamelessly exploiting Corona Virus school closures to support a policy that is doing untold harm to most of our children.
BBC Wales through the army of its Welsh-speaking ‘journalists’ are fretting that the school closures will undermine the children’s progress in learning Welsh:
On this occasion, they used Gwenfair Griffith (Twitter: @gwenfair_ don’t forget to use the underscore after her name), who tells us this:
Parents need to realise that the Welsh Medium Education (WME) is not a panacea that the Welsh language missionaries promise you.
WME is substantially inferior to the English Medium Education (EME) as detailed in my letter to Kirsty Williams (I).
The promises of job opportunities, cognitive advantages of ‘bilingualism’ are just empty promises made to protect the privileges of the ‘more equal’ minority, that became the hallmark of the post-devolution Wales.
Most children from homes with no Welsh language ‘skill’, never achieve the Welsh language fluency that the Welsh L1 pupils get (II).
Eventually, kids from English L1 homes do achieve some Welsh fluency but at a considerable cost as prioritisation of Welsh has dumbed down their STEM (Science -Technology-Engineering and Maths), abilities, and most will never catch up.
On the STEM subjects, it is worth pointing out that for some years now, most of the new teachers in Wales, originate from the Welsh-medium teacher training courses and the very teachers that are prioritised or fast-tracked by the Welsh Government.
Only circa 25% of them have STEM degrees. The vast majority mainly have the Welsh language qualifications – Not a good omen for the teaching standards in Wales, is it?
As far as embracing Welsh, again the evidence shows that most English L1 pupils have no intention of using Welsh during adolescence or later on in life or as a social language at any stage – In other words ‘not cool’ and quickly forgotten/abandoned (III).
The Welsh Government has been disingenuous for years: It has
relentlessly pushed the narrative ‘Welsh language is a living language, a
language for living,’ but is it when you examine the concept in the cold light
Parents need to understand that Welsh as an everyday/social language is virtually nonexistent amongst the children of Wales. A well document fact and this simple fact will not change no matter what draconian measures the Welsh Government will think of next to impose on our children.
Now back to the emotional well being of toddlers (Early Years Foundation Stage – Ages 3-5) in WM settings then the same in WM infant classes (5-7 years by age or KS1 stage) and eventually into WM primary education (KS2 – Ages 8-11).
Most of these kids will hear no English during the school lessons until the KS2 stage when English is introduced. To add insult to injury, children are often threatened with punishment should they use English during the playtime (IV) – Acceptable?
Caring parents (Not sure if I can include parents with no Welsh, who chose WM education for their children in this category). Either way, most kids are generally well-loved and cared for before the school starts, when they experience some stress by being separated from their parents.
is generally known as positive stress which is a normal part of learning and
development. Children do adapt to cope with frustration, handle obstacles and
learn how to confront challenges. All of this will raise a certain amount of
stress, but this level of stress is usually safe and manageable, especially if
a child has the support of a healthy home environment.
In contrast to tolerable or positive stress, toxic stress refers to persistent, unhealthy amounts of stress caused by chronically stressful conditions without the protective benefits of healthy caregiving.
These stresses can eventually cause permanent damage, and I would argue that exposing children for hours, days, weeks and years to a foreign environment where the teachers shun their home language is a TOXIC STRESS (V).
are other forms of toxic stress that sadly, many children experience and
especially those who live in households where alcoholism, drugs and partner
abuse is a norm rather than the exception.
These kids mainly live in the deprived areas of Wales, and most fall into the FSM (Free School Meals) category. At this point, it’s worth remembering that Wales has the highest child poverty as well as having the worst education system when compared to the other UK’s home nations.
demise of Welsh education standards is strictly down to the Welsh language
prioritisation – The FACT that Welsh parents must not ignore).
The school should provide some reprieve from their toxic home environment, but the Welsh state burdens children with the Welsh Medium Education if they happen to live within a catchment area where there are no English Medium schools – In short, the double whammy syndrome that will expand as the Cymraeg 2050 initiative (VI) is intended to remove the English Medium Education throughout Wales (KS1/KS2 years).
The Welsh Government (Labour), including the opposition (Conservatives and Plaid Cymru), IMO are all guilty of a heinous crime by abandoning the duty of care for vulnerable children in the state education. Making them into Welsh ‘speakers’ seems to be by far higher priority than giving them the tools that just might provide them with a chance of a meaningful future?
All of this suffering and misery, for the sake of a warped ideology that is never going to work, IMO can never be justified.
Welsh language had its day and seeing the harm being done, especially to children; I would argue that any language that needs state intervention and compulsion to keep it alive is not worth saving.
Back to the parents, especially those who initially chose the Welsh Medium Education for their kids, there are many with decent souls who discovered the hard way that they have made a huge mistake and do intervene by taking the children out of WME and finding an English Medium school for them.
Most of them do so to protect their little ones who displayed immense unhappiness, depression and reluctance to go to school often expressed through tears. This is far from being an isolated case and is happening throughout Wales.
Those parents who I have spoken with, tell me that the transformation was simply magic from the minute their children entered an English medium school – No more tears, children happy to go to school and at last being able to learn in a language that they understand.
Welsh political establishment, including the Welsh ‘media’ know this but go out of their way to hide it and continue to lie and mislead other parents.
As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words – In the image Heledd Fychan, a Pontypridd Cllr representing Plaid Cymru, is appealing to Andrew Morgan (Labour Cllr) and Rhonda Cynon Taf Council leader to stop the parents taking their children out of WM schools – Welsh ‘democracy’ at its best:
Darren Millar, a Conservative AM for Clwyd West is slating the Welsh Government for ‘allowing’ closures of Welsh Medium schools. No mention of a simple fact that most Welsh Medium schools are not economically viable due to the lack of demand but kept open regardless.
Finally, we must not ignore another significant element that the Welsh state is guilty of undermining:
Welsh Government wants you either to join in, into your child’s Welsh learning ‘journey’, or if that is not possible, practical or reasonable, they want you to entrust the Welsh-speaking teachers to replace you in the ‘educational development’ of your child.
Should you chose either of the two options, your child will be influenced to celebrate Welsh nationalism, subtly taught to hate the English through the emphasis on Welsh ‘victimhood’. There will be no room for Britishness, just the brutal nationalist version of history (VII).
The Welsh ‘educators’ (Education Minister/Estyn/LEA’s/Welsh-speaking teachers), all of them are keen to suppress that the critical aspect of your child’s success in education is the level of your involvement and assistance you can give your child in the crucial early years learning stage and in a language, you speak at home.
Would love to hear from any Welsh politician in the Assembly or the Westminster, to explain how on earth they can keep silent on one of the evilest deeds that any Government can impose on people and children they govern?
I would like to conclude this essay with a poem poignantly defining children’s silent cries and suffering from a deferent era but now and almost hard to believe that children’s silent suffering is happening in XXI C Wales.
Back to 1842, when Elizabeth (Barrett-Browning) wrote a poem to expose the immense suffering of children who were used as cheap manual labour in coal mines, quarries and other labour-intensive industries that existed during the Victorian era.
Elizabeth summed up their mental and physical pain using
young lambs bleating to signify the suffering and a cry for help:
“Do ye hear the children weeping, O my brothers,
Ere the sorrow
comes with years ?
They are leaning their young heads against their
And that cannot
stop their tears.
The young lambs are bleating in the meadows ;
The young birds are chirping in
the nest ;
The young fawns are playing with the shadows ;
The young flowers are blowing
toward the west—
But the young, young children, O my brothers,
weeping bitterly !
They are weeping in the playtime of the others,
In the country
of the free.
Do you question the young children in the
Why their tears
are falling so?
The old man may weep for his to-morrow
Which is lost
in Long Ago —
The old tree is leafless in the forest —
The old year is ending in the
The old wound, if stricken, is the sorest —
The old hope is hardest to be
But the young, young children, O my brothers,
Do you ask them
why they stand
Weeping sore before the bosoms of their mothers,
In our happy
Fatherland”? (Land of our fathers, in the context
On a personal note and as a parent I find it hard to comprehend the Welsh political agenda and its direction. We must not keep silent and helplessly watch the destruction of our children and their future.
(II) – Data from the Welsh Government’s education stats: Reference: FOI – ATISN 12553 (2018)
For years the Welsh Government and the Welsh media have publicised and often repeated mantra “All pupils who leave WM schools after KS2 stage are equally fluent in Welsh”. In factual terms a blatant lie, and as the graph shows, English L1 kids are nowhere near the Welsh language proficiency that the children from Welsh L1 homes get (% given refer to the EFSM bands).
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 alegalised
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
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, andall 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:
True to their word Kirsty Williams’ team ‘responded’ to my letter dated 18.10.19.
On a quick reading, I found the response offensive and patronising as it doesn’t answer a single specific point raised on the underperformance of Welsh Medium Education.
It merely restates their braindead policies and repeats their low-grade statistics which have nothing to do with education. They have to do this because they have no answers and they know that we can’t do anything about it (Sheer and unadulterated arrogance – IMO).
What is astonishing that they have legislated ‘tonnes’ of the Welsh language compulsion measures with no prior impact assessment, which is nothing short of criminal neglect of the due process:
“The Welsh Government is in the process of conducting a comprehensive analysis of school performance looking at factors such as the medium of education of the school and other characteristics including eligibility for free school meals and speaking Welsh at home. This work has been internally and externally peer-reviewed, and we are currently taking forward work suggested following the peer review.”
This suggests that they are now
looking for a way to obfuscate the inconvenient outcome from their review.
Welsh Government does not work for people of Wales – They work for their self-interests and not for us – they are not public servants but paid apparatchiks of the Y Fro Gymraeg regime.
They are both propagandists and gatekeepers – trained to play everything hostile with a dead bat. Some of these people have probably never done any kind of work other than taking taxpayers’ money to promote and facilitate the Welsh language.
Under normal circumstances, the media should be on-board but they’re no better than apparatchiks as well. As things stand there is a near-total cabal inside the political class and the 4th estate in favour of increasing the Welsh Language – the cabal is supported by cross-party consensus. There is no meaningful dissent and no meaningful consultation.
When it comes to a war of attrition, the apparatchiks have all the advantages and they get well paid for doing it – The only solution is to get organised before May 2021 Assembly elections and support any party that has ABOLISH THE WELSH ASSEMBLY in its manifesto!
– the BEL tab at the
bottom of the document shows a breakdown of expenditure by theme.
As you mention in
your correspondence, we consider the census of the population to be the key
source of information about the number of Welsh speakers in Wales. However, the
Office for National Statistics’ Annual Population Survey (APS) provides
quarterly estimates of the number of Welsh speakers in the period between
censuses. Attachment V in your correspondence shows how the estimates vary
between the APS and 2001 and 2011 Census, something that the Chief Statistician
has addressed in a blog, which was subsequently explored in more detail in the
statistical bulletin, Welsh language data from the Annual Population Survey:
2001 to 2018.
Cymraeg 2050 clearly
states that the trajectory towards a million Welsh speakers was based on 2011
Census data and progress towards this target will be monitored using future
census data. Nevertheless, the APS provides us with more regular estimates of
the number of Welsh speakers, and the APS data is published to be able to
monitor trends between censuses. The question on the Welsh language is included
for cross-analysis purposes by the Office for National Statistics, and not
specifically to provide a count of the number of people who can speak Welsh.
As a Government we are not aware of official publications or
estimates that indicate that there are around 100,000 Welsh speakers.
It should also be added that there is a strong democratic
mandate for promoting the Welsh language and Welsh medium education. The Welsh
Government’s policy in this area has been through several layers of public
scrutiny and debate which suggest that the consensus of public opinion is
supportive of this approach. The vision of reaching a million Welsh speakers by
2050, of which the education system plays a crucial role, was a party manifesto
commitment which, following National Assembly elections in 2016, was included
in the Welsh Government’s Programme for Government. The policy itself was
subsequently subject to thorough scrutiny in Assembly Committees, before being
voted upon by democratically elected Assembly Members in Cardiff Bay.
The Welsh Government
is in the process of conducting a comprehensive analysis of school performance
looking at factors such as the medium of education of the school and other
characteristics including eligibility for free school meals and speaking Welsh
at home. This work has been internally and externally peer reviewed, and we are
currently taking forward work suggested following the peer review.
Yours sincerely Catrin Morris Senior Welsh in Education Planning Officer
Welsh Government seems to be oblivious to the need to optimise children’s grasp of English, maths, sciences, ICT, and other life skills that far exceed any point in learning a dying language. Wales is competing with the world – as PISA shows we do it rather poorly.
That weakness must extend to higher-level activities like research and commerce. Weak education has a knock-on effect on competitiveness and the economy.
With fewer opportunities in Wales, unless you happen to be a fluent Welsh L1 speaker, the children leave and mostly don’t come back, those who stay never use Welsh, so what is the point of teaching them Welsh in the first place?
Some weeks ago when I searched Welsh Governments FOI disclosure log, I came across an intriguing paper that was all in Welsh.
Translated version, simply beggars belief:
Promoting Welsh-Medium Education, £24.358 Million spent so far for the current Financial Year (2019/20).
English-Medium Education promotion expenditure for the last 10 years = Zero, Zilch, Zip, Nil, Nought or even Nothing.
Any disbelievers check out the following:
ATISN 13279 – FOI Disclosure
The table below provides details of allocations for the projects and programmes listed in ATISN for the current financial year. These are total allocations for these programmes/projects, not allocations for work to promote Welsh-medium education. The activities undertaken via these programmes and projects do however contribute, either directly or indirectly, to raising awareness of Welsh-medium education.
Programme or Project
Cymraeg for Kids
Welsh Language Charter
RhAG – Parents for Welsh-medium Education
Teaching and learning resources commissioned by the Welsh
Learn Welsh programme (National Centre for Learning Welsh)
Urdd Gobaith Cymru
* Programme succeeded
by Cymraeg for Kids
The amount spent on promoting English-medium education over the past 10 years?
work has been undertaken as our teaching and learning campaigns do not
differentiate between sectors.
If you are dissatisfied with the Welsh Government’s
handling of your request, you can ask for an internal review within 40 working
days of the date of this response.
Requests for an internal review should be addressed to the Welsh
Government’s Freedom of Information Officer at:
The small village of Llangennech in South West Wales has recently attracted a huge Welsh ‘media’ attention through an unusual set of events that has created perhaps the beginning of a ‘conversation’ that Wales has never had and on a topic, that is generally discouraged and often censored.
No Brownie points for guessing the forbidden topic. Yes, it’s the Welsh language and its corrosive and damaging impact, especially on children from English-speaking homes when submersed into Welsh Medium Education.
The Welsh language prioritisation and imposition is the principal reason behind the unprecedented decline and unravelling of Welsh education standards from the point the Welsh Labour Government chose to put the Welsh language ideology before the good of the nation.
So, what has happened to get the Welsh media into a frenzy and hyperactivity to discredit and demean a group of parents through selective, deliberate, and often defamatory headlines that distorted the truth beyond anything that could be defined as objective, rational, or reasonable? This:
Then this (BBC Wales):
The answer is simple enough. Several brave and dedicated parents got organised and said NO to Plaid Cymru-controlled Carmarthenshire Council’s decision to ‘create more Welsh speakers’ by imposing the Welsh Medium Education for primary school children in the village of Llangennech.
At this point, it should be noted that the battle of wills (Parents v Council) was an ongoing situation for more than a year and the process culminated only a few weeks ago with the Council’s decision/ruling that from September 1stLlangennech children will be taught solely in Welsh. The Welsh-medium school will become the Llangennech Community Primary School disregarding 757 objections from the village in the process.
Most of the village parents are highly focused on the wellbeing of their children and at no stage, they were even remotely ‘anti-Welsh’ under the Welsh nationalist definitions.
Their principle objective always was and still is, to protect and retain the current dual-stream teaching format which for years has operated upon parental choices and preferences for either Welsh Medium or English medium education.
Llangennech parents represent the normal folk you’ll find in any community, most of whom come from the traditional Labour grassroots, and it was no surprise that they opted to seek help from their political representatives, Lee Waters their AM and Nia Griffiths the local MP, both belonging to the Labour Party.
Through my contact with Lee Waters and from what I learned by reading various statements he made on his blog and in the social media Lee and Nia chose to use a low-key approach working behind the scenes but generally supportive of the parents’ stance which unfortunately got them nowhere – The Council wasn’t going to budge no matter what!
Frustrated and perhaps angry at the lack of political voice in the public domain the parents reached the fateful decision a couple of weeks ago to seek help from UKIP and invited Neil Hamilton who is their Regional AM to talk to them and seek a way forward.
To his credit, Neil came prepared and raised the Education Act 1996 which states the following but quickly ignored by the media:
9 Pupils to be educated in accordance with parents’ wishes.
In exercising or performing all their respective powers and duties under the Education Acts, the Secretary of [F1State and local education authorities] shall have regard to the general principle that pupils are to be educated in accordance with the wishes of their parents, so far as that is compatible with the provision of efficient instruction and training and the avoidance of unreasonable public expenditure.
During his visit to Llangennech Neil Hamilton met a few of the lead parents including Mrs Beddows who was considering standing for the Community Council in May’s elections under the Labour flag (Community Councillors only have a limited role and principally deal with mundane matters centred around well-being of their local community and derive no pay for their efforts).
The other prominent parent opposed to the Council’s onslaught to remove the English Medium education is Jacqueline Seward who is standing as a Labour candidate for the County Council seat in her ward. She played no part in the meeting with Neil Hamilton and chose to stay away upon the advice she got from Lee Waters and Nia Griffiths.
As Mrs Beddows was perceived as ‘Toxic’ through her opposition to the imposed Welsh Medium Education (WME) that she often articulated in a measured way principally as a mother who experienced the huge distress and unhappiness of her child who initially started schooling in a Welsh Medium class.
Mrs Beddows, felt she had no option but to change education format for her child to the English Medium that transformed overnight an unhappy little person to one that enjoyed being in school (A situation that I also experienced as a parent and many other parents too but kept out of the public domain by the Welsh media).
The prominence that the parents got via the local press, TV and radio interviews drew support from all over Wales and this negative publicity against a Plaid and Llafur flagship policy clearly had to be ended.
Michaela Beddows together with Jacqueline Seward were singled out by Leanne Wood, the leader of Plaid Cymru, who together with Jonathan Edwards, Plaid Cymru MP for Carmarthen East, started a truly nasty campaign aimed at the parents under the guise that Plaid Cymru represents the fundamental issues such as human rights, protection of minorities, religious and cultural diversity and so on but is it true?
Answers to this question including the shameless role of Welsh media [Western Mail (Wales on Line); BBC Cymru Wales; Radio Wales and including the most recent intervention by BBC’s Huw Edwards] in degrading and vilifying of Llangennech parents opposed to the Welsh language compulsion, will be expanded upon in part II over the next few days.
Also, the response to Llangennech situation by the Welsh ‘Labour’ Party will be also looked at in the next article.
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”.
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 labeland 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:
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):
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!
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!
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!
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?
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:
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”.
A retrograde step in many ways that will damage children from the English language 1 homes as it’s now more than evident that the Welsh Medium “for all” drives down the level of achievement in schools and reduces the life chances of most pupils.
Welsh Medium (WM) education must not be driven through at all costs and the best interests of pupils and their parents must be respected.
Sadly, in Carmarthenshire, the LEA does not value children’s interests or has any conscience regarding the negative implications on their future and the WM education shall be imposed no matter what.
Considerable parental opposition to imposed WM education has been voiced prominently in the local media (Llanelli Star / Llanelli Herald), then Wales on Line and even mentioned on BBC Wales got them absolutely nowhere!
With all the faux consultation stages, now completed and all that’s left is to “object formally” to the Statutory Notice.
Having said this, It has been made crystal clear in the Executive Summary that every objection on community or pedagogical grounds has already been dismissed using ideology (policy), not pedagogy and will be dismissed again.
This is basically the well tried and practised Gwynedd method = Social Engineering Policy that trumps pedagogy and human rights.
Time for the Welsh Labour Government to get involved or all of this mess is their doing?
In the Orwellian world that Wales has become under the leadership of Welsh speaking First Ministers in the post devolution period it has become increasingly difficult to penetrate obstructions and censorship on the part of the Welsh establishment including the Welsh media to effectively challenge the notion created by the Welsh Labour that the Welsh speaking minority is a privileged class based on their ‘linguistic exceptionalism’ and therefore worthy of unprecedented privileges in the Welsh public sector and elsewhere.
The intention of this ‘Loony Corner’ is to expose the lies and deceit behind the headlines celebrating the Welsh linguistic exceptionalism as they appear in the media – Watch this space:
Not a ‘figment of my imagination’ but the heading statement came from the lips of Archdruid Geraint Lloyd Owen in defense of their decision not to allow the Welsh Football Team to be honoured by the Gorsedd at the Eisteddfod for its remarkable achievement in UEFA Euro 2016 competition.
Archdruid said: As most ‘Welsh’ football players do not speak Welsh; Eisteddfod standards must be kept, then elaborated further:
“If they can’t speak Welsh I don’t see how we can welcome them in [Gorsedd], because Welsh [Language] is the biggest, strongest weapon we have as a nation and without it, we have nothing”.
A truly bizarre statement that in my view is an affront to the non-Welsh speaking majority who by inference are nothing too!
This nonsense was then followed by the Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones who together with Alun Davies (Minister for the Welsh Language) used Eisteddfod 2016 as a platform in a sinister ploy to push the Welsh Labour Party’s Cymrufication agenda to the next stage:
Creating 1,000,000 Welsh speakers by 2050 that first appeared in a small print within the Welsh Labour’s Manifesto (2016 Assembly Elections) is now an official policy and seems to be highly ironic that the County of Monmouthshire that is perhaps more English than England has been chosen to signal that the English language and its culture is no longer relevant in the post-devolution Wales – Arrogance?
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 Welsh Labour Government wants ONE MILLION Welsh speakers by 2050 and to do so is planning to eliminate English language teaching in primary schools, what are the implications?
After 17 years of Labours’ dominance of Welsh politics their Social Engineering Agenda is finally in the open but anyone expecting a debate on the merits of dragging Wales back into the 13th century world or any scrutiny of such policies is going to be disappointed – Welsh Media does not tolerate dissent or any ‘disrespect’ of the Welsh language and its culture!
We are only days away from the Welsh Assembly elections and most of us have seen endless politico posturing and their promises of a better tomorrow to get our vote but none of the Party Political Broadcasts including the leader debates have ever touched upon the Welsh language imposition – there is only a Deafening Silence!
Take the article following this extended preamble which has been ‘shamelessly plagiarised’ from BBC Wales’ web pages: “Welsh Labour to create One Million Welsh speakers by 2050” (BBC Wales has a habit of removing pages that may prove to be embarrassing to their cause).
The only external body invited by BBC to comment was the Welsh language pressure group (Cymdeithas yr Iaith), at best a looney organisation basing their ‘living’ upon a simple premise “Every child born in Wales has an entitlement and a birth right to speak Welsh”
Putting aside the sheer madness of their stance and unreserved support of anything Welsh or Cymraeg as they call it, BBC Wales doesn’t say, or asks how One Million Welsh speakers are going to be created.
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!
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.
One doesn’t need ‘mega brains’ to figure out that the BBC Wales English language services are under the control of Welsh speaking nationalists and this has been the case for many years now.
Its current Director Rhodri Talfan Davies was appointed back in 2011 through family inheritance as his father had the job before him and before that Rhodri’s father got the job from his father!
The Talfan Davies family dynasty has an absolute and the total grip of BBC’s editorial policy with an agenda to promote and impose the Welsh language upon the Welsh majority that closely mirrors the aims and intent of the Welsh Labour’s Governance under its Welsh speaking First Ministers (Carwyn Jones currently and Rhodri Morgan before him).
The broader issues raised above including the shameless Welsh language propaganda by the BBC’s Welsh speaking broadcasters on the English language programmes (Huw Edwards and many others) will be dealt with at some other time but for now the principal aim of this article is to highlight the plight of ordinary people who dare to challenge the almighty BBC CYMRU Wales.
There are not many opportunities available to Welsh people to ‘debate’ the Welsh politics via BBC Wales and in most cases the ‘freedom’ to do so is closely monitored by the invisible and unaccountable ‘moderators’ who operate upon the so-called ‘reactively-moderated’ criteria that must obey the BBC’s house rules’.
With the Assembly elections looming upon us the Welsh electorate has some unenviable choices to make, but can it make the real choices in the absence of the free media and with virtually no scrutiny of the key issues that have made Wales a basket case ‘nation’ of Europe and the UK?
Of all the devolved UK regions, Wales happens to be relatively unique in the context that it has a ‘living’ minority language and a culture that has somehow become ‘More Equal’ and where some 7% of fluent Welsh speakers have managed to take over the “Ownership” of Wales.
It’s not simple to explain this phenomenon but the nationalist agenda of creating a ‘Welsh speaking Cymru (Wales)’ started a long time ago and over time they managed to infiltrate the key Welsh institutions, then simply waited for the right opportunity to arrive.
The following statement is from the House of Lords archives (1958) and it goes a long way to explain what’s happening in Wales today:
“Welsh nationalists have captured the BBC Wales and are making a determined assault on our schools. I am afraid these Eisteddfod-going Welsh-language-thumping people will stop at nothing to force their views on the majority”
Devolution has given them the gift they waited for, then the sinister political manipulation of devolved powers by the Welsh speaking Labour Party leaders (Rhodri Morgan first and now Carwyn Jones) who together with the unquestionable complicity and support of the Welsh Media (BBC / ITV Wales) and to the lesser extent Western Mail and the Daily Post seemingly managed to achieve the impossible – A Tribal Minority ruling the Majority!
Fluent Welsh speakers have created a myth that Wales belongs to them: “Their Country, Their Language, Their Culture“. Therefore, the Welsh Governance should be on their terms – A form of self-granted ‘Exceptionalism’ and all at a huge price to Wales and so it seems everything that matters or should matter to Wales is now in a terminal decline! Continue reading →
Mug Inscription: Taniwch Dros Cymru which when translated means ‘Light a Fire for Wales’, the motif shown depicts a Burning Home and to make sense in the Welsh context it must be an English home?
This is a chilling and sinister Welsh souvenir from the not so distant past and whilst the burning of English homes has stopped, Wales now has a new and an equally sinister order named ‘ENGLISH NOT’.
The Welsh Labour Government over the last 16 years has used its devolved powers to elevate a minority language and its culture through compulsion and diktat to a privileged position.
The better informed but gagged and silenced people of Wales see this as a Social Engineering concept not seen in Europe since the Stalinist era and for some very good reasons:
It’s now no longer possible for the lesser equals (Non Welsh speakers circa 80% +) to hold most of the public jobs or to educate their children THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE (The parental freedom of choice to choose educational language for their children in primary years has been or is being removed by the Local Education Authorities on Anglesey, Gwynedd, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire)
This policy has been fully endorsed by the Welsh Government and by Estyn also and is now a format planned for the rest of Wales.
These measures appear to have the full blessing of BBC Cymru Wales (note the order!) and other Welsh media who will say and do anything to suppress, sanitise, and squash an open debate on this subject.
Perhaps we should not be surprised that anything that matters or should matter in Wales is in a downward spiral; including standards in Education, the NHS and the Economy (Is a common link the Welsh Language)?
The people of Wales should take the heed of Gwyn Thomas and what he had to say on this subject some 30 years ago.
YouTube clip here :
Finally and back to the contemporary Wales, came across a fascinating assessment of Welsh Government’s Orwellian world by Natalie Solent on Samizdata web pages and well worth reading:
YouTube clip here : (The original YouTube clip was taken down after Welsh nats sent a deluge of complaints to YouTube to silence Gwyn Thomas’ message – The new clip contains some other material but the key note about the Welsh language is about 15 min’s in)
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.
With the Scottish independence issue quickly approaching the ‘Day of Reckoning’, we have seen horrendous instances of Scottish nationalism and its hatred of anything English.
Anti-English racists, better known as ‘Cybernats’ are using internet to intimidate, threaten, smear and demean anyone who happens to hold a different viewpoint or belief on the question of Scottish Independence.
We do have legal provisions to protect people from hate campaigns at long last and certainly in the Sottish context the Crown Office may start to get tough on the trolls and make them accountable for the often incessant and hysterical on-line abuse of innocent victims.
Time will tell if the Crown chooses to act and prosecute as they have the tools and could demand locking up the low-life nationalists, assuming they are found guilty in Courts of Law, for up to five years.
Personally, I’m not holding my breath that anything tangible will be done as nationalists in the UK context seem to be the ‘protected species’. Often authorities, mistakenly in my view, choose to turn a blind eye through ‘political expedience considerations’ rather than to face head-on the bullies who believe that they are untouchable and above the law.
Overzealous political expedience and political correctness must never be a consideration if we are going to have a fair and balanced society and above all we must uphold the duty of care by protecting vulnerable and abused people in our society – Case in point, the current Rotherham Child Abuse Scandal, that could have and should have been avoided. In other words there must never again be ‘Sacred Cows or Invisible Elephants’ that create precedents for doing NOTHING!