Wales treated with con­tempt

Cynon Valley - - NEWS -

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

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