Economical with the truth
3:01pm Friday 1st February 2013 in Letters
WHEN Dr. Mike Thomas, (January 29), calls people like me ‘Little Englanders’ because we question the usage and costs of forcing the Welsh language upon us.
He makes a number of claims that deserve examination. I would agree Welsh is an integral part of Wales, but when he infers that Welsh is the “predominant” language of West and North Wales he is being economical with truth. In fact, according to a recent survey in Welsh speaking heartlands, less than 10 per cent and falling, is the very different story! We are not, “Denying him his right to speak Welsh”. We are seeking to deny his “Ilk” having a hugely disproportionate amount of our money spent on his rights. Money spent on Welsh road signs, literature and advertising, many in duplicate, that was forced on us when the Welsh Nationalist Plaid Cymru made the Welsh Language Act the price of a coalition with Rhodri Morgan’s government, would be better spent caring for the sick and elderly, local services, roads and education. And as for equal status; I claim that less than 10 per cent of people having such grotesque preferential treatment is not called “Living in an equal society”.
Len Price Manor Park Newbridge