Costly absurdity of bilingualism
I READ with great interest the report on the comments made by Councillor Kevin Mahoney, of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, regarding communications sent out in Welsh and English.
They concluded that of all the calls made to the Contact One Vale Call Centre, just 0.81% were in Welsh, yet all literature is sent out in both languages.
Furthermore, the Cardiff Bay Assembly has thrust Welsh down our throats for the last 20 years and what has this achieved? Do any more people in Wales speak Welsh than did in 1997? I do not think so, so what a total waste of money, many millions of pounds, possibly billions.
If you call any public authority in Wales they always answer in Welsh, but how many of those employed there speak Welsh? Very few, I would think.
I live in Bridgend, and if you call the local council you have to sit through a long Welsh message, then the English comes on and you are told to redial another number and a again sit through the W Welsh message.
Why not, say, press 1 f for Welsh and 2 for English? I think more people speak Polish than W Welsh in Bridgend.
I recently drove back f from the Vendee in western France, initially to St Malo, in torrential r rain, and there were many notices on the motorway, in French of course, and it may surprise the “Welshlanguage fanatics” that 100% of French people speak French, not 15% of W Welsh as in Wales.
On driving back from Portsmouth, after crossing the Severn B Bridge, we encountered an electronic road sign, covered in Welsh, and I thought, “Oh no, the Brynglas tunnels are not closed, are they?” It took another three signs to note at the bottom the English translation: “Do not throw litter”. Another two signs warned of a sailing event, but nothing to say that the M4 was closed at the Cardiff West exit.
This is positively dangerous, having to make sense of road information, whilst travelling at up to 70mph. God knows what tourists coming into Wales to spend much-needed revenue, or commercial vehicle drivers taking produce to and from our fair land, make of this.
I call on the Welsh Government to publish the total cost over the last 20 years on this pointless dual language.
I am sure it would have built many hospitals and financed a huge increase in doctors, nurses and teachers.
Well done, Councillor Mahoney, someone who speaks a lot of sense. If the 0.81% of people in the Vale of Glamorgan want their communications in Welsh, let them pay for it. John Davies Bridgend