Friday, September 14, 2007
'Brain dead' Labour?
The devolution process has acted as a spur to help revive the language and to make it more relevant than ever. That phenomenon is building on the impact of the foundation of S4C in nurturing Welsh and in creating more interest in learning and speaking it. With some greater protection, for example for the right of people to use Welsh in their workplace without fear of penalty, it could flourish even more.
David Collins is of course entitled to his views, no matter how wrong he is. His employer, Ann Jones is also entitled to refuse to condemn him. David will shortly be seeking election to Cardiff Council. As an AM, Ann is subject to the judgement of her constituents. I do not believe that adopting the kneejerk reaction of calling for either of their resignation achieves anything. People now know what they stand for and can make their own minds up on their suitability as elected representatives.
Voters can also judge for themselves whether their views are representative of the Labour Party or not. In doing so they should be taking note of the many Labour politicians lining up to contradict and condemn them. Well, they would if there were any. Rhodri Morgan or his spokesperson has merely regurgitated existing policy. It is hardly a convincing response.
Perhaps Eleanor Burnham is right, she told the Western Mail that "these comments are typical of the appalling attitude of many Labour activists towards the Welsh language. Many of them resent the prominent and growing role that Welsh plays in Welsh life.
“That’s why they’ve opposed our calls for a new Welsh Language Act and to give greater rights to people wishing to use the language as part of their everyday life.“Their antagonism – as illustrated by comments like these – is one of the reasons why Labour have largely been driven out of Welsh-speaking areas in all parts of the country."
I am sure that voters will take note and act accordingly.
Update: The actual comment is here. With thanks to Sanddef.
When Ann Jones does have the chance to read Collins' views in full, she should take the decision to dispense with his services.
- Frank Little
Why is Labour concerned only for Labour and not the welfare of the people of Wales?
Because they see them as a threat to Labour's domination of Wales.
The Brit Nat right attacks Welsh identity and language at its peril. This is the root to becoming a rump party in the South East of the country. Thankfully the devolutionist left are in the ascendancy, embracing our identity and pushing for the Parliament that can truly reflect the Welsh values that so strongly underpin democratic socialism.
There are many thoughtful members of Welsh Labour sharing my views. Please not not paint us all with these jaundiced predjudices.
He will find them in Ieuan Wyn's conference address.
In any case when did labels have anything to do with intelligence?
I see you - Green Man - are a member of the meritocracy.
Good for you - is that the best you can do?!
When I click on your "name" what do I get - nothing!
I'm exceedingly proud and grateful to be English because I don't think I could stand the shame of being Welsh.