In todays Independent on Sunday (IOS) there's an article by Mathew Bell entitled "Welsh tell MP to lighten up over race 'slur',. In which he gives a totally one-sided report on Plaid MP on Jonathan Edwards reattempt to bring to book Daily Mail reviewer Roger Lewis who in his review of the bok "Bred of Heaven" made the comment ..
I abhor the appalling and moribund monkey language myself, which hasn’t had a new noun since the Middle Ages.
“[The] trouble with the Welsh language is that it isn’t a quaint custom revived or the relic of cultural niceties — it is foisted on people for political reasons.In support of the article Matthew Bell quotes.
Chris Brtyant former Thatcher supporter now Labour MP for the Rhondda who seems to be using this to attack Welsh Nationalism.
Former LibDem MP Lembit Opik who abandoned Wales as soon as he lost his seat
And B list Celebrity Carol Vorderman, who we "are grew up in Presatyn" ! and who seems to think that calling Welsh a Monkey Language is equivalent to criticising her dress size for as she says
"Roger Lewis is just doing what modern-day critics are paid to do, which is give everything a vicious pounding while attempting humour," she said. "If Jonathan Edwards thinks that Lewis is unfair, then he should read what's been said about me after I've worn a dress half a size too
Bells article also has claims that Lewis had messages of support from Welsh and English people, including Stephen Fry ( The stupid persons idea of an intelligent paerson) and Gyles Brandreth (Enough said.
Nor one person id quoted in support of Jonathan Edwards complaint and it does not mention the gist of his argument in his complaint to Theresa May that
“It is often said that hatred of the Welsh is the only remaining form of acceptable racism. Articles like this further that perception. I would be grateful if you could advise me what action can be taken to remove this sickness from society.”What angers me about the article in the IOS is not that it is dismissive of the complaint by Jonathan Edwards but it is so one-side and that it makes no attempt to look at Anti-Welsh attacks.There are no comments from Welsh Speakers for instance. It is typical of the Liberal Left who condemn racist abuse throughout the spectrum but seem to have blind eye when it comes to Wales..
There may be an argument that we should laugh such attacks off ,but in my view we should not put up with this sort of attack. For years the Irish had put up with and even contributed to the "Thick Paddy "jokes but have now come to realise this only reinforced Anti-Irish prejudice and you won't see such jokes on mainstream Television these days.
Some might call for the return of the Bernard Manning , Jim Davidson type of comedians but I bet none of those quoted in Bell's article would back this. But still think Welsh is open to racist slurs in the name of " Free Speech"..
Only Wales and its Language, (and possibly the French) are now open to such abuse and we must stop it.or be seen a second class citizens for ever.
Update: It seems Peter Black has a different view on this . Can it because it was raised by a Plaid MP? Surely not.