A Message From Wales To Westminster
I was in the heart of Wild Wales recently. It’s a place where the Welsh language is still strong, so there is a real sense of community.
There I met an old pal who I hadn’t seen for a while. We had an interesting chat – in English, because my Cymraeg is not totally fluent, and there was much catching up to do. We drifted onto the subject of the increasing number of English immigrants who are coming to live in rural Wales presently.
“You know why more of ‘em are coming here, don’t you?” he asked me.
“It’s better than living in England!”, I joked.
But he was being serious. “It’s a racist thing,” he told me, “And they’re trying to get away from all these coloured immigrants who keep moving into the English big cities.”
He had asked many of them, it seems, for their reasons for coming to live in rural Wales, and the majority admitted to be escaping from those immigrants.
“It’s changing our own communities,” he said a little sadly. “We seem to be speaking more and more English these days so that the incomers can understand what we’re saying to them. It’ll take a couple of generations before their families take on Welshness.”
If my pal is right, I feel saddened. Surely the immigrants from ex-colonies who come to England are coming for a better life. And that, my friends, is nothing to be ashamed of.