The Conservatives have failed to pass an LCO to introduce a Language Commissioner for Wales.
What does this mean?
Well, for one, it means that Plaid have rejected a proposal that could have seen someone appointed for the specific purpose of promoting Welsh languages (it’s that second “s” I think that they probably objected to).
But more than that, it seems to confirm what Alun Cairns told the Western Mail a couple of days ago; the One Wales government so often vote down opposition proposals merely because they are opposition proposals.
Liberal Democrat Peter Black has also spoken out, he said:
“It’s an embarrassment for this Labour-Plaid Government that an opposition party has had to bring forward legislation on the Welsh language...This is yet another failure of this Labour-Plaid Government to protect and promote the Welsh language.”
The Conservatives issued a press release last night that warned One Wales that the people of Wales risk losing out if they don’t get a move on.
I have to say that despite the arguments for and against this does feel a lot like Plaid cutting their nose off to spite their face…