Wales treated with contempt
IF ever the citizens of Cymru/Wales need to know what Westminster thinks of us, we have only to read about S4C funding. I find London’s attitude disgusting, demeaning and insulting to us as a nation.
We are a proud nation with a unique language and culture, a people more interested in peaceful competition (our eisteddfodau, for example) than trying to develop ever more frightening weapons of mass destruction.
We have grudgingly been allowed just one TV channel broadcasting in our own language. And obviously the custodians of this should be our own citizens – for how can English people (or any other) know and appreciate what a Welsh audience will appreciate or see as important? But are we to be trusted to have full responsibility and ownership of the channel? Of course not.
In a rare moment of frankness, the UK Culture Minister (what exactly is “UK culture”?) Margot James stated the truth behind this refusal. S4C must remain a subsidiary of the BBC (and therefore the Westminster government). She declared: “It’s the sort of thing which brings the union together and it will remain a reserved power.”
So now we know: nothing to do with a belief Wales does not have the expertise or knowhow, it’s merely for political reasons that S4C must remain a channel of UK-ness, a channel promoting the union of three and a bit nations, dominated and run by England and, heavens above, we can’t let those Welsh people run it and own it... I mean, they might question the everlasting wisdom and “rightness” of the Union.
And once we’ve run that awkward, primitive language into the ground, we can stop pretending there is any meaningful Cymru/Wales. It will be long live Greater England!
It’s about time we all said enough is enough. John D Rogers Nantymoel