Stirring up the stalwarts

A SIMPLE issue raised by Brian Donovan and myself concerning the waste of money in producing official communications in both English and Welsh has really stirred up the stalwart Welshies.

As well as various comments on the SWA web, Mr Bond of Cwmbran has now jumped into the attack. I am sure Brian Donovan will agree that there is no intention of attacking the Welsh culture as many of the respondents seem to suggest. I am as Welsh as anyone else in Wales and have a smattering of the language, verbally and literally. However, the majority of replies support the view that the production of these dual communications is a complete waste of money and has no bearing on the Welsh culture. It is a waste which most people throw straight into the bin. So what? There goes another tree! Mr Bond refers to interfering with those wishing to conduct their lives in their preferred language. There again, I don’t see many walking about in Newport or the Valleys insisting that others (and there are very few) must reply in Welsh.

There are many other ways the Welsh language can be promoted like clubs, musical groups and of course schools make an outstanding contribution. The issue of dual official letters and forms makes not one jot of difference.

Jim Dyer, Stockton Road, Newport

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7:39pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Dave on his Soapbox says...

.....I fully concur...in this day and age of reducing waste and costs.....and computerised systems....it surely couldn't be that difficult to allow customers to express in which language they want their bills and communications from councils etc. sent to them.
We only need to be informed once...so why do we have to have duplicated mail.
.....I fully concur...in this day and age of reducing waste and costs.....and computerised systems....it surely couldn't be that difficult to allow customers to express in which language they want their bills and communications from councils etc. sent to them. We only need to be informed once...so why do we have to have duplicated mail. Dave on his Soapbox

11:11am Sun 14 Oct 12

Mervyn James says...

Cymru am Byth
Cymru am Byth Mervyn James

11:17am Sun 14 Oct 12

james.dyer7@ntlworld.com says...

MERV - mORNING. Seems you have been hiding after your loss on this one. Never mind. prynhawn da
MERV - mORNING. Seems you have been hiding after your loss on this one. Never mind. prynhawn da james.dyer7@ntlworld.com

8:01am Mon 15 Oct 12

Mervyn James says...

I think Bore Da, but you are learning :)
I think Bore Da, but you are learning :) Mervyn James

8:20am Mon 15 Oct 12

james.dyer7@ntlworld.com says...

Merv - morning Merv. Yes you are prob right but i thought i'd let you know that i know prynhawn. Doba dan
Merv - morning Merv. Yes you are prob right but i thought i'd let you know that i know prynhawn. Doba dan james.dyer7@ntlworld.com

9:28am Mon 15 Oct 12

Bobevans says...

Besides the masive waste of money there is also the environmental issue. The WAG banned plastic bags get encourages the massive waste of paper. Thisd cause more litter and generates about a 100 times more waste and some of it is not recylable as it is coated.
Besides the masive waste of money there is also the environmental issue. The WAG banned plastic bags get encourages the massive waste of paper. Thisd cause more litter and generates about a 100 times more waste and some of it is not recylable as it is coated. Bobevans

2:40pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Mervyn James says...

I think Bob you are running out of excuses frankly, I have read everything from ridicule of welsh speakers to raod signs causing accidents as an excuse to drop bi-lingual access, even suggesting electricity companies are targeting us because of bi-lingual billing, I think this needs to be put to bed frankly, there are so many issues we could be discussing that really affect welsh lives. You are against I am for, That doesn't look likely to change does it, and as the law does not support you either, can we move on ? There isn't even a stalemate, bi-lingual access will continue no matter what you say. Let us get back to pressing issues, maybe Newport's demise as a city, or a place to work and live or something. Blimey even the chavs have had a let off lately....
I think Bob you are running out of excuses frankly, I have read everything from ridicule of welsh speakers to raod signs causing accidents as an excuse to drop bi-lingual access, even suggesting electricity companies are targeting us because of bi-lingual billing, I think this needs to be put to bed frankly, there are so many issues we could be discussing that really affect welsh lives. You are against I am for, That doesn't look likely to change does it, and as the law does not support you either, can we move on ? There isn't even a stalemate, bi-lingual access will continue no matter what you say. Let us get back to pressing issues, maybe Newport's demise as a city, or a place to work and live or something. Blimey even the chavs have had a let off lately.... Mervyn James

3:04pm Tue 16 Oct 12

james.dyer7@ntlworld.com says...

Merv....... and its still a waste of money!
Merv....... and its still a waste of money! james.dyer7@ntlworld.com

6:16pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Mervyn James says...

I find Paying taxes to London to be abused a waste of money too.... Anti-Bi-lingual rants are a waste of time (OFFICIAL). Get over it.
I find Paying taxes to London to be abused a waste of money too.... Anti-Bi-lingual rants are a waste of time (OFFICIAL). Get over it. Mervyn James

6:20pm Wed 17 Oct 12

james.dyer7@ntlworld.com says...

merv - its you who wants to get over it. Its a waste of monet. You savvie?Its not a rant it's a fact. You are getting awfully boring Merv. Accept you lost.
merv - its you who wants to get over it. Its a waste of monet. You savvie?Its not a rant it's a fact. You are getting awfully boring Merv. Accept you lost. james.dyer7@ntlworld.com

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