• October 28, 2015


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.

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Issued by: The Celtic News



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