Saturday, 6th August, 2016

Politicking Again

     The democratically elected Leader of the Labour Party clashed with his rival for the Leadership in Cardiff this week.   It was a real row at times!

     Mr. Corbyn can honestly be called “Old Labour”, inasmuch as he tries to follow the political viewpoint of the founders of the party.   Mr. Smith seems to be very much “New Labour” or – as we’re not supposed to say – “Blairite” in his outlook.

     If one studies the reasons for the founding of the Labour Party and the principles on which it was created, one sees clearly that Corbyn is following those reasons and principles.

     Perhaps, dear reader, you would like to look at this lampoon – it covers the situation admirably:-

Protecting The Language

     The Welsh language is still under threat.   And it is not just along our border with Mother England.   Right across our land, English is becoming the first-language of more and more of The People of Wales.

     I look for reasons, and there seem to be two main ones.

     Firstly, the politeness of first-language Welsh speakers.   A learner – like me – who stumbles when starting to chat with a Welsh speaker for the first time nearly always finds that his listener immediately switches to English.

      That is of little help to a learner, polite though it may be.

      Then, there is the obvious fact that English has become the language of international commerce.   So it seems to most people that its use is very important.   And that Welsh is of less importance as, outside Wales, it is not spoken.

     I suppose a third reason is the massive influx of English immigrants who are settling, for whatever reasons, right across our rural areas.   The immigrants do not need to learn Welsh, due to the other two reasons.   And so, once totally Welsh-speaking areas, change dramatically.

     The challenge, then, for Welsh Nationalists is “How can we stop these changes happening?”.   I would be grateful for any suggestions from my readers.

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About Archie Lowe

Though not born in Wales, I have lived and worked here for many years now. I love the place and love that mercurial thing "Welshness". I have been accused of being "a Taffophile" - which is pretty near the truth. The question I ask whenever some idea comes up for the whole of the UK is: "What's in it for Wales". I believe in an independent Wales and am so pleased that our Assembly is a big step on that road.
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