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Friday, May 15, 2009

Full powers needed on Welsh Language

Plaid Cymru's multi page collection of caveats and excuses currently masquerading as the Welsh Language Legislative Competence Order will come under scrutiny tomorrow from their own supporters when Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg, the Welsh Language Society, holds a rally outside the Senedd in Cardiff.

Unfortunately, I am not able to attend but I did contribute towards the cost of their newspaper advert and fully support their cause. The fact is that the way that the LCO is currently drafted will severely tie the Assembly's hand when legislating on the Welsh language. It will leave MPs with a veto on the way that legislation is framed and prevent Assembly Ministers from fully implementing their agenda, no matter what it is.

There is no logical reason why the Welsh Assembly should not have full authority to decide policy on the Welsh language. This is an area that naturally falls into our competence. The present compromise is a recipe for more conflict between Cardiff Bay and Westminster and a denial of the principles of devolution.
Congratulations for supporting this. As you said it just makes perfect common sense for responsiblity of the language to be devolved to Wales. Again well done, da iawn Mr Black.
Perfect common sense it might make but.... I for one am more comfortable with Westminster holding a veto on this as it enables an uninterested, unbiased party to have a say and prevents the powers being manipulated by nationalists for their own gain.
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