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Protect Your Place Names To Protect Your Heritage

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

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Not known for pulling her punches the Language Commissioner for Wales, Meri Huws, has said that place names should enjoy the same protection as listed buildings.

She told BBC Wales that changes to historic place names should be banned by law and that certain names should be given added protection by being placed on a ‘statutory register’.

The Deputy Culture Minister in the parliament of Wales Ken attempted to question the idea saying the idea would be very difficulty to deliver.

However the feisty Ms Huws rebutted that saying that the Historic Environment Bill progressing through the assembly provided:

“a real opportunity for us to protect names through a statutory register and that is done in other places in the world.

“We have Welsh place names in Wales, we’ve got English place names, we’ve got Scandinavian place names, we’ve also got Irish and Flemish place names.

“But it all reflects our history, and that history is critical to us as a people.”

The Deputy Culture Minister has suggested an amendment to allow names of historical interest to be added to local records.

However the Language Commissioner says;

“If we are going to record, it’s a very small step then to place a protection on that name.”

“You’d have to consider how we would protect it, but we do that with buildings – why not do it with place names?”

Somehow we think, going on her record to date, she will get her way.

Other Celtic countries may like to consider the idea!
BERNARD MOFFATT
Issued by: The Celtic News

01/11/15

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Patagonia: Major Cultural Tour by Welsh Orchestra and Choir

Friday, October 30th, 2015

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To mark the 150th anniversary since Welsh settlements were established in Patagonia both the BBC National Orchestra Wales (BBC NOW) and the National Youth Choir of Wales (NYCW) is currently touring Patagonia.

The National Orchestra Wales has this week been working with communities throughout Patagonia, in a week-long residency marking the establishment of Y Wladfa, the Welsh settlement in the Province.

The Patagonia visits includes a finale on the 30th of October with two gala performances in an old wool warehouse in Trelew, the Predio Ferial, which has been transformed in to a concert hall especially for the concerts, and will later host the town’s annual Eisteddfod – a Welsh festival for the arts.

At the same time Orchestra members have been visiting towns in the Chubut Province of Argentina to work with over 1000 children from schools and community groups in Patagonia. They have been delivering workshops and masterclasses and the musicians are visiting schools and communities in towns including Puerto Madryn, Rawson, Trelew, Trevelin, Esquel and Gaiman.

Uniquely the Orchestra has also been providing a “musicians on call” service – to perform in the living rooms and kitchens of people unable to attend the public events.

Following the initial focus of the visit on the Patagonia (Welsh speaking area) the Orchestra and Choir will perform at other venues in Argentina into November.

The Celtic League has a branch in Patagonia and you will see reports on the visit on their Facebook site (link):

https://www.facebook.com/Patagonia-Celtic-League-469180103228134/

There is a translation facility with most postings on the site.

BERNARD MOFFATT

Issued by: The Celtic News

29/10/15

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Mann: The Cop Shop Robbers They Never Did Catch Them!

Friday, October 30th, 2015

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A report on an unusual case today involving the police in Wales prompted one of those déjà vu moments we occasionally get.

The allegations involving three Officers are related to the confiscation by police of £77,000 pounds in 2011 from a man in South Wales. When it was eventually deemed to be legitimate and a cheque was sent to reimburse him it was £30,000 short.

The three officers strenuously deny any wrongdoing and the case is ongoing.

It reminded me of the ‘Cop shop Robbers’ in the Isle of Man.

In 2000 Manx police announced that £1000 had gone missing from the Police Station in Ramsey at the time the Manx Police assured an astonished public that the case would remain open until it was resolved ‘satisfactorily’.

The embarrassment of senior Cops at the time was exacerbated by the fact that it wasn’t the only time that funds had ‘vanished’. As we reported at the time (Celtic News 20 September 2000):

“It is not the first occasion when such incidents have occurred approximately three years ago a similar sum, recovered after a robbery in the south of the Island, disappeared.”

Additionally as we reported in Celtic News (23rd of March 2001) there had also in 1996 been an alleged theft of Police Sports Club Funds we recorded that the police had set in train:

“Improvements in the regularity of checks and general administration”

and hoped that the loss:

“though upsetting and expensive, will not be allowed to be repeated”.

They said at that time enquiries into the allegation were not pursued because:

“it would be distressing to all concerned to be singled out and interviewed without real hope of a successful outcome”

Not surprising then they never nailed the burglars earlier this year – they never nailed the ‘Cop shop Robbers’ either all those years ago!

BERNARD MOFFATT

Issued by: The Celtic News

28/10/15

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Tryweryn Cameron Sidesteps an Apology

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

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British Prime Ministers are always apologizing. In the past few years they have gone on the record to express regret for issues as diverse as the Irish Famine and Section 28.

However it seems it’s a step to far for David Cameron to apologize for the destruction of the Welsh speaking community in the Tryweryn Valley evicted despite protest across Wales to make way for a dam to supply water to Merseyside.

In my role as President of Mec Vannin I recently suggested he might like to step up to the plate on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Valley being submerged and its community dispersed.

However in a brief reply from No 10 the response is negative with the issue neatly passed sideways to the Wales Office for consideration.

Now whilst probably constitutionally that is perfectly in line with protocol it would have sent a clear message that the United Kingdom accepted the enormity of what they did and the great hurt they caused not just to the famers and villagers of Tryweryn but the people of Wales if Cameron had personally expressed regret.

The text of the response is below; the response from the Wales Office is eagerly awaited:

“Dear Mr Moffatt

I am writing on behalf of the Prime Minister to thank you for your recent letter.

Mr Cameron is grateful for the time and trouble you have taken to get in touch.

Because the Wales Office is best placed to respond to the matters you raise, he has asked me to forward your letter to the Department so that they may reply to your concerns directly.”

Ironically there is an indirect Manx link to this tragedy in that the two arch villain Liverpool Councillors driving the scheme had Manx names – although their linkage to Mann is unclear.

Alderman David Cowley, Lord Major of Liverpool had a brick thrown at him as he tried to initiate an opening ceremony at the dam. The ceremony had to be curtailed as demonstrators vented their anger over the arrogance of the Council officials. Meanwhile Councillor Frank Cain had been Chairman of the Water Company when the project was initiated and infamously would not let a delegation from protesters who went to Liverpool address the Council.

Related links here:

https://www.facebook.com/MecVanninOfficial/photos/pb.421714788004247.-2207520000.1445946345./526819794160412/?type=3&theater

https://www.celticleague.net/news/tryweryn-remembered-as-hundreds-attend-rally/
https://www.celticleague.net/news/why-tryweryn-matters-to-the-other-celtic-countries/
BERNARD MOFFATT
Issued by: The Celtic News

27/10/15



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Plaid Cymru Say Trident Cost Not Justifiable

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

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The news that the replacement of the United Kingdom’s Trident nuclear submarine missile deterrent will cost a staggering 167 billion has provoked a strong reaction from Plaid Cymru (the Party of Wales)

Plaid Treasury spokesman, Jonathan Edwards MP said:

”The original estimate of £100bn over the Trident system’s lifetime was hard enough to stomach. This new revised figure of £167 bn shows that the cost is simply out of control.

”Any government seriously considering spending such an amount on a Cold War relic has clearly lost its moral compass.

”With so many individuals and families facing shrinking salaries and cuts to vital services in their communities, it is difficult to fathom how anyone could justify this sum.

”Plaid Cymru has strongly and consistently opposed the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system. We believe that this money would be far better spent on schools, hospitals and roads – things that will safeguard our future, not endanger it.”

Mr Eavans also criticised Labour saying

”The Labour party’s dithering and disunity on Trident renewal threatens to give the Tories a free ride on this issue. Jeremy Corbyn must now bring greater pressure on his MPs and urge them all to join Plaid Cymru in opposing these obscene proposals.”
BERNARD MOFFATT
Issued by: The Celtic News

26/10/15



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Tryweryn Remembered as Hundreds Attend Rally

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

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Ten years ago Liverpool was told ‘they can keep their apology’ – today the decision to flood the Tryweryn valley is still as controversial!

It is still an emotive issue is Wales and you can still seesigns today in parts of North and mid Wales reminding Welsh people of the senseof outrage felt when the Welsh speaking community in the Tryweryn Valley wassubmerged to provide a reservoir to service Merseyside

Today hundreds of people attended a rally to commemoratethe sad day when the valley and the tiny village of Capel Celynwere wiped of the face of the earth by English insensitivity towards theWelsh.

The anger is still palpable and three men who took directaction by bombing the reservoir have also spoken out not just about the eventsat the time but how Waleshas developed since.

Tryweryn is believed to have been the catalyst for therevival of the fortunes of Welsh nationalism and Plaid Cymru in particular andthe events together with later protests over the Welsh language are believed tohave led directly to the establishment of the Welsh Assembly

Owain Williams who tried to blow up infrastructure at the reservoiris however sceptical of Walesnew powers. He believes the wave of nationalism inspired by the controversy haswon little more than what he describes as a “spineless Assembly with no realpowers”.

Mr Williams, who was jailed for blowing up a transformer onthe site of the reservoir, also questioned whether Wales’ control over its own affairsis any greater now than when he planted the bomb in February 1963.

Mr Williams now 80 said he and fellow activists like EmyrLlywelyn Jones, who was also jailed over the bombing, expected the Welsh to“wake up and shake themselves out of the shackles of imperialism and neo-colonialism”.

However he questioned if things had really changed saying ‘Ithink the Welsh nation has been hoodwinked by having this spineless Assembly,which has no real powers.”

Next Wednesday will mark the 50th anniversary of the openingof the controversial reservoir which was created to supply drinking waterfor Liverpool. Ten years ago (2005) LiverpoolCouncil tried to make amends by offering an apology for what happened at thetime. However although some politicians in Wales accepted the apology otherswere less forgiving.

Betty Watkin-Hughes, whose family was forcibly moved fromCapel Celyn, said: “I think nothing of it, it is just away to say goodbyeand sweep it all under the carpet.

“They can keep their apology and start doing what’sright for the people who are left.”

It seems that in respect of Tryweryn for the people of Wales time isnot ‘a great healer’ as evidenced by the hundreds who turned out today toremember today!

Note: S4C will have programmes on this week remembering theevents. Tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) a programme about the bombing campaignagainst the dam will be broadcast.

BERNARD MOFFATT

Issued by: The Celtic News

17/10/15

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Cymru: Destruction of Capel Celyn One of the ‘Darkest’ Days in Welsh History

Friday, October 16th, 2015

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The Wales Minister, Alun Cairns has said the flooding of a Welsh Valley in Gwynedd to provide drinking water for Liverpool was “a shameful chapter in Welsh history”.

The village Capel Celyn, one of the last Welsh only speaking communities, was flooded 50 years ago to create the Tryweryn reservoir and Cairns said it marked “some of the darkest and some of the most regrettable days in modern Welsh history”.

A dozen houses and farms were submerged and 48 people dispossessed.

However, Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts warned another Tryweryn could happen unless Wales got control of its water. She expressed concerns that the UK government still had ultimate control of Wales’ natural resources, highlighting a clause in the law which gives the Welsh Secretary the right to intervene in any Welsh Assembly legislation which could have a “serious adverse impact” on water supplies in England.

Even after all this time the words ‘Cofiwch Dryweryn’ – remember Treweryn – are painted on the wall in Llanrhystud, outside Aberystwyth and are instantly recognisable by people across Wales as they travel from north to south.

The Treweryn reservoir affair led to the most serious outbreak of direct action in Wales which lasted for many years. Both the Free Wales Army (FWA) and the much more effective, Mudiad Amddiffyn Cymru (Movement for the Defence of Wales) carried out a series of bombings across Wales that lasted for a decade.

Both FWA (Byddin Rhyddid Cymru) and Mudiad Amddiffyn Cymru (MAC) was set up directly as a result of the destruction of Capel Celyn

Liverpool City Council apologised in 2005 for the “hurt” and “insensitivity” of the drowning of Capel Celyn in 1965 an event that has never been forgotten in Wales.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mudiad_Amddiffyn_Cymru

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Wales_Army

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capel_Celyn

BERNARD MOFFATT

Issued by: The Celtic News

15/10/15

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Wales: Leanne Wood Slams Tory Anti-Union Legislation

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

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Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood AM has said that the UK Government’s regressive Trade Union Bill must not apply to Wales and she has pledged that Plaid Cymru would do all it can to step any attempt to get legislative consent for the Bill in the Welsh Assembly.

The Plaid leader said:

“The Trade Union Bill is bad for working people across the UK, but in Wales devolution gives us a specific chance to resist the Tory plans and develop a positive alternative. The bill would affect workforce development and industrial relations within health, education and other core public services which are already controlled by Welsh Governments. The UK Government must therefore confirm that it will not apply to Wales. If it fails to do this, my Group in the Assembly will vote to withhold legislative consent. Attempts to push the bill through, against the wishes of a majority of AMs, could potentially cause another unwanted legal battle between the governments.

“In government, my predecessor as Plaid Cymru Leader worked with the trade unions as part of a partnership approach to dealing with the previous financial crisis. After next May’s Welsh Assembly elections, a Plaid Cymru Government would open the door to trade unions who were interested in developing and improving our public services and also improving the skills of our workforce.”

Ms Wood also warned that attempts to push the bill through could create another unwanted legal battle between Welsh and UK Governments and said that a Plaid Cymru Government would work in partnership with trade unions on the development of Welsh public services.

UK Unions opposed to the new Tory legislation have threatened to take the issue to the International Labour Organisations saying it breaches fundamental ILO principles.

BERNARD MOFFATT

Issued by: The Celtic News

07/10/15

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Breizh/Cymru: Links Strengthened

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

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Yesterday (Monday 21 September) a well known Breton politician and leader of the ‘Oui la Bretagne’ (Yes Brittany) movement was in Wales for an official reception at the Senedd (Welsh Assembly) in Caerdydd/Cardiff.

Christian Troadec, Mayor of Karez (Carhaix) was welcomed by Plaid Cymru AM Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas, who was leader of Plaid Cymru between 1984 and 1991 and the first ever President of the Welsh Assembly in 1999 following the referendum on devolution of 1997.

The main aim of the visit was to demonstrate to the Breton people the economic and political impact that devolution could have for Breizh (Brittany), if it followed the example of Cymru (Wales). Celtic League member Dominig Kervegant explained:

“The figures talk for themselves. In the administrative region of Brittany – not including the Nantes area (!) – the population is 3.2 million people, which is roughly equivalent to that of Wales. Nevertheless the Welsh devolution budget is 25 times the size of that of Brittany’s!
“The Welsh Parliament also has legislative powers, which allows the Welsh Assembly to vote for its own laws on the economy, culture, the Welsh language, health and in many other domains.”

Speaking at the Assembly Mr Troadec said:

“La Bretagne, elle aussi, a un grand besoin de plus de pouvoirs de décision et de moyens pour répondre aux enjeux d’aujourd’hui.”

(Brittany too is craving more legislative powers in order to meet the challenges of today)

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Issued by: The Celtic News

22/09/15

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Wales: Congratulations for Corbyn, But Plaid Say Labour Record in Wales is Dismal

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

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Commenting on the election of the new Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of Plaid Cymru, offered her congratulations, but there was a sting in the tail of her message.

Leanne Wood AM said she hoped Corbyn would

“Deliver the votes of his MPs to join Plaid Cymru MPs in opposing those Tory policies that are causing great harm to people in Wales and beyond”.

But she went on:

“However, his election cannot alter Labour’s dismal record in government in Wales.
Their legacy, especially since devolution is one of failure and managed decline. They have taken people for granted and they need replacing at next May’s (Welsh Assembly) election”.

She said that Plaid Cymru was ready “with a strong and progressive programme of government” to provide new competent leadership for Wales.

BERNARD MOFFATT

Issued by: The Celtic News

12/09/15

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