Language is in decline
3:48pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 in Letters
JOHN Major’s government drafted the Welsh Language Act in 1993. The Act, making Welsh an official language of Wales and giving equal status, did not receive Royal Assent until February 9, 2011. Political commentators stated that ‘Political blackmail’ was used by the Nationalists to reach this end. Recent surveys have shown a decline in its use. EVEN IN ITS HEARTLANDS!
Less than 10 per cent of Welsh-speakers are using Welsh in their everyday life. The language is in terminal decline. Throwing money at it is not the answer. It is not working! Dr Thomas, you are right to say that you cannot put a price on culture and language. Unfortunately that is exactly what is happening. Ystrad Mynach Hospital does not have the facilities expected, while expensive Welsh signs are everywhere. I have, all my life, stated that I feel as though I have a limb missing because I cannot speak my own language. Even if I had had the opportunity to learn, I would have had to travel far and wide to use it. That is why, when others called me a ‘Little Englander’, I wonder if they have any idea how insulting they are.
Len Price Manor Park Newbridge