Wednesday, 13 May 2009

When tomorrow comes…

Translation of Pan ddaw yfory... by Vaughan Roderick

Tomorrow [Wednesday] the Welsh Assembly Government will be publishing its strategy for Welsh language education. In my humble opinion this plan will be more important than the Welsh Language LCO in terms of the language and it should go some way towards lessening the worries of language campaigners about the present coalition.

As you’d imagine it’s going to be the Education Minister, Jane Hutt, who launches the strategy. If they wanted to, Plaid Cymru could take some of the credit but it appears they will not attempt to do so.

But why? Well there are two reasons. Firstly, some councils will be spitting blood over the proposals. It’ll be more difficult for them to complain about “the language zealots” and “forcing Welsh down our throats” if Plaid Cymru keep their distance. Secondly, there are a series of appeals relating to Welsh education (notably in Carmarthenshire and Cardiff) likely to arrive in the Minister’s in-tray in the next few months. Will Jane be willing to undermine the strategy she herself has launched? Unlikely.

Translation by Dewi Tri


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