My spies up in Scotland tell me that there a lot of political argy-bargy up there regarding masses of money being spent on protecting Scots Gaelic. It is very much a minority language and many Scots believe that the millions being spent on it could be better used on health, education, etc.
There are some right here in Wales who think that too money is wasted on bilingual road signs, for example. And why, they ask, should children in Wales be taught the Welsh language when it is of “no commercial value”.
It is true that, often by design, Cymraeg has disappeared from communities. There have been several open attempts to stamp it out – and a fair few underhanded ones. Yet, in many places, it still survives.
I believe that we should protect and pass on the Welsh language. It reminds the people of Wales of their history.
And, best of all, it is not English – so it’s not so easy to brainwash us!
You will know from other weeks’ witterings that I admire Leanne Wood for being one true leader in a political system full of aspiring big-time politicians.
The Plaid Cymru Conference is being held in Aberystwyth this weekend, and Leanne has brought up a point of practical politics.
By “practical politics”, I mean the sort of things which affect you and me in our everyday lives. In this case, she was addressing the rising costs of domestic fuel bills.
There is certainly “fuel-poverty” here in Wales, and it’s not only among retired folk or low-paid workers. Energy bills are going up and up and neither pensions nor wages are going up to meet them.
Leanne is reported to have said: “When Labour’s energy price freeze begins to thaw and prices begin to spike again, Plaid Cymru would have enabled the building of our cheaper, permanent, people-powered Welsh alternative.”
The Party of Wales is working for the People of Wales!
It’s Only Wales . . .
. . . so it doesn’t matter that technology doesn’t advance here as quickly as it does in Mother England. Well, not to Mother England it doesn’t.
The broadband situation is taking a long time to be resolved. We keep hearing that broadband is “rolling out” right across Wales – but it’s a very slow roll! Just think of the advantages to businesses when – and, I sometimes thin, if – fast, reliable broadband covers our land even in the areas deemed as “remote”.
Mobile-phone signals are lacking in many, many parts of Wales. It would be good to have a proper service, especially in the case of emergency calls (as I once found out for myself).
Now, a simple pleasure is being extended to another bit of Wales: DAB Digital Radio. Yes, I know we still have FM and even Medium Wave. But why is so little of our land covered with the system just like most of our Eastern neighbour is?
Are we less important to those who rule us from Wasteminster?