Andrew RT Davies

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies, had this to say as part of his speech at the Spring Forum of the Welsh Conference:

“The Leader of the Scottish Nationalists Union wants to tear that union apart. With each passing day she wants and sounds more and more like the man she reviles the most. She wants to rebuild Hadrian’s Wall…….and sadly the Scottish people who pay for it. Well I’ve got the message for the SNP and other separatists across our isles. The United Kingdom that we cherish is not a thing of the past. It remains- as ever-the world’s greatest family of nations

Nicola Sturgeon, take note: This Union is here to stay.”

Well now, is this a sparkle of hope? Of optimism? In all the chaos and retribution that pass us by on a daily basis? Or is it a misreading of the true intention of Nicola Sturgeon? Could it be that since she was 15, independence has been the only real political intent that she can rally around?

As far as Sturgeon is concerned, now is the time to swipe this conspiracy theory come hell or high water. It’s time to thump May where it really hurts.

She is going against the popular vote (that’s if you believe all the London commentators) and against the will of the Scottish people…..but so what. She wants an independent Scotland so let her have it. Duff economy and all – what about the Health Service, the economy, education etc etc, All in a trifle mess. I don’t know what you readers think, but I am getting fed up with hearing the ‘independent’ clichés on a daily basis regardless of whether one is pro or against the Brexit argument. Its population is about 5.3 million, so let the Scots to get on with it and see what happens.

As if you need to be told this.15 billion is already the Scottish debt, so what next? I’ll leave this to you.

The Prime Minister has no choice but to wait until the negotiations for a leaving of the European Union are finished. Sturgeon might be flying high (and taking a huge risk) in the pilot’s seat but wait and see – Teresa May might well be doing the same thing. It’s all about something or anything but we shall just have to wait, just like Donald Trump across the deep blue sea – and it really is deep too!

The politicians are clueless and so are we, not much to hope for is there?

And Plaid Cymru is asking for Wales to have a say on things too. Being British is a complicated thing, isn’t it just!   

   

  

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A Singer

I want to tell you a story. It’s a true tale, with plenty of vivid excitement along the way – I’m not joking, I’m serious. So don’t laugh!

It was in 1937, a gentle time with the wizards of dance and music and the popping of champagne corks – well, for some anyway. Everyone was enjoying themselves and people just glanced at a war that was never going to happen to them. Hitler was churning up discord in a foreign land and that was that. Good for him.

Now in this realm of peace and quiet, a boy of thirteen stood in front of a crowd that was polite and it could be said, expectant. He stood there, straight backed and proud, his vocal glory about to dismiss any snorts of insult and wanton despair – he was the Silver Songster, a master of contralto genius.

The music played, it’s bounced around the pillars of acting deliverance looking for somewhere to hide, somewhere to hang its head in shame. The boy reached into a place that only God knew, and let the sound that made angels chuckle and seraphim’s reach for mercy at God’s right hand. It was shameless, it was beautiful. It made the crowd stand still and wish they could stay here forever.

The young lad finished Bishop’s ‘Lo! Hear the gentle lark’ and remained still. There was a silence and suddenly the theatre exploded in clapping and “Bravoing!” Britain’s Greatest Boy Soprano had done it again, he had silenced the audience with a voice that could not be stopped. It was wonderful. It was bold and the whispers from other times screamed out of the shadows.

He raised his small arms in supplication and gratitude to the audience who loved him so much. His smallness suddenly grew to a mighty force, a singing charisma. He had won.

The Welsh Boy who was billed at the London Palladium as ‘Britain’s Greatest Boy Soprano’, is alive and well today. Living in his own home, he still remembers the fame of his early days.

My father-in-law is active and still had has a rare comment to make, all unknown to the younger generation. Sometimes the things we have experienced are realised just by ourselves, perhaps that’s the way it should be.

Perhaps.

Memories get more sensitive or a trifle sterner and as we grow older, a bad or a good thing? No one yet has been able to answer this.

        

 

 

The Welsh language

Plaid Cymru Assembly Member and Chair of the Assembly’s Culture Welsh Language and Communications Committee, Bethan Jenkins, has demanded equality for Wales from the BBC following the Corporation’s decision to award a large increase in funding for BBC Scotland, including the creation of a new Scottish based TV channel.

The funding announcement for Scotland comes a day after the BBC announced extra money for BBC Wales, but far less than the recommended £30 million per year. Bethan Jenkins AM said:

“Today’s announcement once again goes to show that the BBC treats Wales very differently. Although extra money was announced yesterday for BBC Wales, it was significantly less than what was recommended by our committee, by Welsh Government, and the Institute for Welsh Affairs. 

Bit of a sticky wicket here, wouldn’t you say?

Wales has its own Welsh language radio station, its own TV channel and everything else written in Welsh as well as English.

So, what’s all the fuss about?

The Welsh language has been poetical, written and snapped up in a delicate script for 2000 years, no doubt it will go on and good luck to them – unfortunately, I don’t speak a word of the Brythonic tongue but there we are. We can’t all be multi-lingual experts in so many tongue twisting languages!

Plaid doesn’t do itself any good at all by hailing the Welsh language flag – there are enough ‘flags’ being raised at the moment eg Gt Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, France etc. Let people come to the language by their own free will. I am positive that by using this method they would arrive at a conclusion that is far better for everyone concerned.

The Welsh Government and the Institute for Welsh Affairs (I’ve written an article for this bastion of Welsh deliberation, didn’t go down too well come to think of it!), need to try an exercise of gentle persuasion to bring the Welsh language to those who are resistant to it, let’s see where it will get them? It would take the fire out of mischievous mockery wouldn’t it?

There is also the sense of history, economy and population to think of. Scotland has its own unique history, an economy and is more than twice the size of Wales. TV channels are all very well, but only as pictures jumping up and down on a screen. Some call it a great demand on the eyes of a population, just as internet foolery is another – I’ll not get into mobile phones, they upset me too much.

Being a standoffish sort of fellow, at least I speak to a few people. I wonder if the members of political parties and institutions manage a detailed conversation on the likes or dislikes of the Welsh language.

I don’t think so somehow.