Now I don’t know about you, but I rarely if ever, encounter black or Asian Welsh speakers. Come to think of it, as far as I know there is only one Assembly Member who is black – no surprise there I hazard.
Arguably, this is attributable to the fact that Wales is predominantly WASPish -Welsh (and white) Anglo-Saxon Protestant, do excuse my take on this American acronym! – in its demographic make-up; WASPish that is, with smatterings of ancient old labour Chapel like stubbornness thrown in for good measure.
The above being the case, one cannot help but cogitate upon this rather unfortunate phenomenon, particularly where so-called Welsh openness to all and inclusivity is concerned. Further, the growing demands for Welsh language speakers in the public sector tends to rather exclude those of an Urdu, Polish,Romanian, Punjabi……….. or even Mandarin inclination, does it not?
Following the severe terms and conditions of Welsh language protocols, surely one must consider the moral right of these noble folk to speak their native languages too. They, like Welsh speakers, are a minority after all, so surely what is Taffy sauce for the gander, should be Polish sauce for the goose too, should it not?
One cannot help but wonder how a Punjabi speaker would cope with a Welsh language menu, in his very own Bengali Star restaurant? Were the Taffy Mafia to have their way, the poor fellow would be out of business in a week, such prescriptive diktats would also in my view, be a serious breach of his Human Rights, would they not?
To conclude then, this growing insistence that the Welsh language be spoken by all who work in the all-consuming Welsh public sector, does precisely nothing for diversity, nothing for recruitment from an international talent pool and nothing for a vibrant and modern, multi-racial Wales.
Welsh Institutions are run solely by white, Welsh-speaking Welshmen and Welshwomen eg BBC ap Wales, the Welsh Assembly, the Welsh National Health Service, Local Authorities, the Welsh legal Establishment……….
Fact, and an utterly disgraceful fact at that.
Backwards, backwards, backwards we go and not all the laverbread, daffodils and rugby balls seem able to stop this dastardly and insanely parochial, momentum.