Sunday, 28 August 2011

IOS think Welsh should "Lighten Up" (Or maybe know their place)

Once again a Liberal  newspaper seems to think that its ok to insult the Welsh and their language in a way that they would condemn if such statements were made against any other minority.

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.

1 comment:

  1. I think that it is reasonable to express a personal opinion of Welsh as a language.

    I am a lily-livered southern Englishman, but am increasingly dragged into supporting Welsh language in my business. I don't really get much choice on this, and it is certainly true that the consumers of my Welsh output do not cover the costs of my work.

    Welsh as a language in modern business is a pain. Computer systems support a vast range of languages, but Welsh is just so different. The mutation structure is such as pain, even the date-time formatting causes hassle. I wouldn't might so much if there was one language and one spelling, but the north and south seem at war over what is correct, and my customers need two sepearate translation dictionaries.

    It is undoubtedly the case that Welsh has been primarily a local spoken language for the last 1000 years, and while I understand it to be rich and expressive for speech, it needs all the corners rounding off it for it to be effective as a modern computerised language.

    Until those that care about Welsh sort out the issues with it, I'm afraid people will continue to mock the enforced adoption of.