"We know something should be done so we will investigate it indeed set a target but we will then reject or ignore the findings and in a few years start again".
"Sir Humphrey is a master of obfuscation and manipulation, often making long-winded statements such as, "In view of the somewhat nebulous and inexplicit nature of your remit, and the arguably marginal and peripheral nature of your influence within the central deliberations and decisions within the political process, there could be a case for restructuring their action priorities in such a way as to eliminate your liquidation from their immediate agenda." He is committed to maintaining the status quo for the country in general and for the Civil Service in particular, and will stop at nothing to do so—whether that means baffling his opponents with technical jargon, strategically appointing allies to supposedly impartial boards, or setting up an interdepartmental committee to immobilise his Minister's proposals withred tape.
There are serious challenges facing the Welsh language in the years ahead. There are major challenges for us as a government but we cannot work alone.In response to the claims that it was just another consultation "A million is ambitious and it is important that we ensure that we listen to experts around us so that the target is met.", Mr Jones said:
"Among the aims must be to make Welsh a living language, especially among young people outside the school gates."
He said the "big conversation" would be about giving everybody a say in how to develop language policies. "The aim is to develop a conversation among all parts of Welsh society about how best to move forward.
"I believe most people in Wales want our language to grow and strengthen in the years ahead and that's why it's crucial that everyone now plays their part."
"The target didn't exist before the election."A million is ambitious and it is important that we ensure that we listen to experts around us so that the target is met."Three years of a National Conversation and what do we get a Target!
But proposals are all we get , There is no indication of an an actual new Welsh Language Act.only a figure of one million speakers by the year 2050.
"It's a shock that the government is beginning another consultation.At the rate we are going see that rather than have one million Welsh speakers by 2050. We will finally see concrete legislation to promote the use of the language.
"Welsh as a vibrant community language is on its knees - we're losing 3,000 speakers a year at the moment."
Alas I will probably not be there to celebrate it .