Apr 082017
 

A few days ago I got an anonymous message telling me about someone, or a group, seeking to raise money to ‘Save English Language Education in Wales’. Here’s the link to the relevant CrowdJustice site. I doubt if those behind this are susceptible to embarrassment, but just in case, and it’s been taken down, here’s what it said (click to enlarge):

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There are so many misleading statements and downright lies in that ‘appeal’ that it’s difficult to know where to start. The opening sentence sets the tone with the ludicrous claim that what’s happening in Llangennech is the prelude to removing English medium schools “across Wales”.

At first reading, the fourth paragraph seems to elaborate on the first, but with the qualification of “potentially”, which serves to undermine it altogether. Potentially means ‘possibly’, or ‘maybe’, or ‘who the fuck knows’. For example, potentially I’m the lost heir of the Hapsburgs. The Monster Raving Loony Party is potentially the next government of the UK. Elvis Presley is potentially alive and running a nice little B&B in Penmaenmawr.

Paragraph five: where’s the evidence that, “The majority from within Llangennech village wish to keep their Dual Stream system school, offering both Welsh and English streams . . .” Has there been a vote on it?

Paragraph six: there are a number of English medium schools within reasonable travelling distance. As for the alleged ‘move to England’ remark, it might have been said, by an individual, but this issue is about a decision taken by Carmarthenshire County Council, what individuals have said, on either side, is of less relevance.

Summary: What “apparent flaws, breaches”? And, again, where is the evidence for “overwhelming opposition”?

“Learning through the Medium of Welsh must be through choice and encouragement not by compulsion.” At last! I’ve found something I agree with, so why not remind those Labour-controlled local authorities that do their damnedest to avoid meeting the demand for Welsh language education?

The people behind this campaign claim to be defenders of democracy; yet they are opposing a decision taken by the democratic representatives of the county and they have no grounds whatever for arguing that they represent the will of the majority in Llangennech . . . apart from a biased on-line poll that attracted most of its support from outside the area.

There is a sick yet dangerous mind behind this fund-raising escapade that is premised on a palpable lie, namely, that there is a plan to “eradicate all English Medium schools”. Whoever is saying this is lying, and they know they’re lying. Consequently, this is a case of money being raised under false pretences. Which is of course a criminal offence.

Inevitably, this campaign is being promoted on social media, particularly the Families website, of which I was blissfully ignorant before this cropped up. From what I can make out this is an open website, with local pages, where people post news about their area, or ‘Ah!’ photos of their kids. Riveting stuff.

Save English Medium Education in Wales is being pushed on various local pages, both in Wales and England. Here’s the Carmarthenshire page. As you work down, you’ll read “Watkins and Gunn partner Michael Imperato”. Watkins and Gunn are the solicitors handling this fund-raiser.

It appears that Watkins and Gunn’s headquarters are in Pontypool with branches in Newport and Cardiff. Although Imperato is described as a partner he is not listed as a director on the Companies House website entry for Watkins and Gunn. The company specialises in personal injury and medical negligence; in other words – they’re ambulance chasers.

Though we do find John Michael Imperato listed as a director of the Bevan Foundation, the Labour ‘think tank’. Imperato has also stood as a Labour candidate; in the Llanishen ward of Cardiff in 2008, the Pentwyn ward in 2012, and more recently, he considered going for the Aberavon Westminster nomination, but was talked out of it, allowing Stephen Kinnock to sneak home.

In fact, the word I’m getting from the now smoke-free rooms is that Imperato was ‘persuaded’ not to throw his hat into the ring by a trade union that may have had ‘dirt’ on him. This same trade union is also said to be ill-disposed towards Lee Waters, Imperato’s mate and AM for Llanelli.

John Michael Imperato

Now, I don’t want anyone to think I’m taking a cheap shot here because of his Italian name, but there is something to be said for comparing ‘Welsh’ Labour to the Mafia. Both have contempt for ‘outsiders’, backstabbing is the norm, both are in business for themselves and their members, with the Mob having its rackets and ‘Welsh’ Labour its Third Sector.

You may recall that in News Round-up 24.03.2017 I wrote of a Labour councillor in Plaid Cymru-controlled Gwynedd, Siôn Wyn Jones, and reported that a project of his had been favoured by the local funding agency, Mantell Gwynedd, which is – in the words of my informant – a “Labour closed shop”. I was told the same applies to the Citizens Advice Bureau in Bangor. So it’s no surprise to see that Imperato was once a director of the – now defunct – Cardiff Citizens Advice Bureau.

Which makes me wonder what chance I – someone who has over the years been mildly critical of the Labour Party – would have of getting fair treatment from what appears to be an offshoot of the Labour Party?

UPDATE 10:10pm: Since finishing this piece I have learnt that Mr Imperato has represented parents on the ‘other side’ of the language debate. Ceredigion in 2004, and Newport in 2014. I am happy to put the record straight.

Though in both those cases he was on firmer legal ground, which meant that he, or whoever instructed him, didn’t need to resort to hyperbole, exaggeration and downright lies, as in the Llangennech case.

The Llangennech dispute has inevitably attracted the bigots and oddballs, and they don’t come more bigoted or oddbally than Jacques Protic, a man who blames the Welsh language for his beer going flat. To judge by this Twitter reply he might even have been in the area recently. This obsessive’s blog is one sad but revealing anti-Welsh tirade after another. It paints the picture of a troubled soul.

Inevitably, Protic supports the Save English Medium Education in Wales fund-raiser, here’s a tweet (below) from a few days ago that suggests what’s happening in Llangennech is the fault of the ‘Welsh’ Government and is but a staging-post on the road to a “Welsh Speaking Republic”.

Protic has elsewhere claimed to be a Labour Party member, but believes that both Rhodri Morgan and Carwyn Jones are ‘closet nationalists’, for no better reason than both speak Welsh! As I say, this man is troubled.

Support of a slightly more credible nature came from the Trinity Mirror Group’s Welsh mouthpiece WalesOnline, where someone called Christie Bannon gave an uncritical plug to the flagging campaign and even provided a link to the CrowdJustice page. Though somebody slipped up by using the photo of the bigots lined up with Neil – “do the honourable thing” – Hamilton and his wife-minder.

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Why do ugly people always manage to find each other? Is there magnetism at work?

P.S. The WalesOnline story has finally been updated, at four minutes past three on April 11th. Instead of wondering who pulled the plug on this exercise in misrepresentation, or why, the reporter, Christie Bannon, does no more than say that it’s been taken down before repeating almost verbatim what it said and what is now no longer available on the CrowdJustice website.

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The bias we’ve seen in Trinity Mirror’s coverage of the Llangennech dispute has been blatant from the start. Why anyone still buys this company’s Welsh rags is a mystery. Maybe we should be thankful that sales are falling, though I’m a little sad to see the Evening Post – not so long ago the largest circulation Welsh daily – heading for the knackers’ yard as people in the Swansea area realise that ‘their’ ‘paper is now written in Cardiff.

Anyone who’s been following this story will know that there are disturbing connections between the anti-Welsh campaigners and the extreme right, the BritNats so intolerant of all other identities. To these people we Welsh, and our language, are ‘alien’, even in Wales, and must be stamped out. Everything must be English.

This attitude is not restricted to the Welsh language, it extends to anything that differentiates Wales from England, other than sporting events and other trivia. It’s what I’ve referred to more than once as ‘the package’. Those who are hostile to the Welsh language will usually be opposed to devolution and so on. Essentially, these people are English nationalists. Of course it’s dressed up as Britishness and, amusingly, opposition to ‘narrow nationalism’. But ‘British’ means little today, and once Scotland is independent and Ireland reunited it will mean nothing but Englandandwales.

Few have stirred more assiduously than Gary Robert Jones, who tweets as @poumista, a name taken from POUM, a Trotskyite party during the Spanish Civil War period. Jones is a community councillor and hopes for promotion to county hall next month, for he seeks election in the Llangennech ward.

An odd fish, Jones; sometimes he seems to be one of the more rational inmates of the asylum and then he puts out a tweet like this (below). Gifted to the world on the day – March 18 – when Wales played France at rugby in Paris. He appears to be wearing a poilu helmet from WWII, and the caption would suggest he’s supporting France!

Get your head around that. Here’s a Labour candidate in a Llanelli ward, two months away from an election, who appears to be supporting Wales’ opponents in a rugby international! In the Llanelli I know, that’s a lynching offence. But then, as I keep saying, we are dealing here with very strange people.

Moving up a level we come to the local Assembly Member, Lee Waters. Although Waters is the AM for Llanelli he and his family live 55 miles away on Barry Island. Yet for last year”s Assembly elections he gave a Llanelli address – possibly his mother’s – on his nomination paper and sneaked in by less than 400 votes. Would he have been elected if the Turks had known he didn’t live among them? I doubt it.

And now we have John Michael Imperato, failed Labour candidate; Jacques Protic, who dismisses Welsh as a “tribal language”; and a cast of similar individuals who have serious problems with the truth. In a word: they’re unable to recognise it or produce it.

Finally, with the campaign looking unlikely to meet its fund-raising target the Labour-supporting Trinity Mirror Group, using its Welsh titles and WalesOnline gives a priceless plug and a link to the site for potential donors. Curiously, although the piece asks for comments, it’s not publishing any. I know because I submitted a comment yesterday, and I can’t believe that no one has commented.

This affair has ‘Welsh’ Labour running through it like ‘Pwllheli’ through a stick of rock. The party locally has been behind the anti-Welsh campaign in Llangennech from the outset, conveniently forgetting that the county council was run by a Labour-Independent coalition when the decision on Llangennech school was taken in 2015.

No matter what pious statements Carwyn Jones or Alun Davies might make about wanting to help the Welsh language, lower down the food chain unscrupulous individuals see political capital – against Plaid Cymru – in being hysterically anti-Welsh.

And as these people make up the bulk of ‘Welsh’ Labour we can now label the party anti-Welsh. So stop-pussy-footing around with these bastards, dreaming of coalitions and talking of a ‘progressive consensus’, and fight them with their own weapons. They may be cunning and devious, but they ain’t too smart. They must be destroyed as the SNP has destroyed their corrupt, lying cousins.

I suspect this case will rumble on, so I may return to it at some point. For the full background of the squalid Llangennech saga, and its dramatis personae, I can recommend no better source than the excellent Cneifiwr.

As I finish this post I note that the CrowdJustice site has raised £1,400 of the £7,500 target with 26 days to go. Though what this deception has to do with justice I do not know.

UPDATE, 8pm: The link to the CrowdJustice site Save English Language Medium Education in Wales now comes up with this (below). Which is odd, seeing as the appeal had already been launched and was collecting money. It looks as if it has either been withdrawn by those behind it or else taken down by CrowdJustice. Or have they raised all the £6,000+ they needed this afternoon? If so, then it didn’t come in £10 and £20 donations.

In case you’re wondering, yes, I did write to CrowdJustice, using tradition Latin legal terms like ‘bollocks’ and ‘lying bastards’. But surely it was nothing to do with me!

UPDATE, Midnight: I have now been directed to a very strange tale on the Families website. In case this also disappears, I have saved it for you (below, click to enlarge). Quite what all this means I’m not yet sure, so I’m open to suggestions from my erudite readers.

Oh, yes, now I come to think of it, I may have written to Families as well.

UPDATE 10.04.2017: The CrowdJustice page now reads as shown (click to enlarge). It would appear that the appeal was closed down yesterday. But by whom?

UPDATE 2:45pm 10.04.2017: The CrowdJustice page now reads ‘Page not found’.

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Tim Saunders
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Unfair to the Cosa Nostra to be compared with ‘Welsh’ Labour.

Marconatrix
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Pur wir ow howeth, da yw genev dha hanow a welez arte 🙂

Stan
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Great article, Jac. Whenever I see a case involving an ambulance chasing lawyer I wonder who made the first move. Did Imperato follow the case and think, hang on there’s a buck or two to be made here, or did some mother have the idea of crowdfunding a legal challenge to the Llangennech decision? Having seen the utter shambles the opposition group made of their campaign I can’t help feeling… Read more »
drsallybaker
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Jac – with regard to your interest in the Citizens Advice Bureaux. I do not have any information about the political affiliations of those at senior levels, but I do know that some very unsuitable people have been involved, at least in north Wales. Lucille Hughes, the former Director of Gwynedd Social Services, who was named in the Waterhouse Report as knowing that a paedophile ring was operating in the… Read more »
Duw, Duw.
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What a comprehensive read. Unbelievable. Everyone knows that Trinity Mirror is Labour leaning, we experience it with the Llanelli ‘Labour’ Star.
EVERY week they have many photos of Lee ‘I like photo shoots’ Waters.

Henry Powell
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At least the local Herald isn’t afraid of publishing something other than Labour’s press releases. Their coverage of Llangennech has been a model of accuracy and fairness

Big Gee
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Most certainly, the way to dismantle ‘Anti Welsh‘ Labour is to expose them individually for what they are. Instead of attacking the ‘whole‘ the ‘individual‘ members need to be picked out and eliminated one by one through public exposure. Use the divide and conquer tactic that was invented and perfected by the colonialists. You’ve done a good job of this in the past Jac – the heat needs to be… Read more »
Stan
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Sage advice, Big Gee. The other thing I’m noticing is that as the Beast weakens it turns its malevolence on its own, no doubt a kind of Darwinian survival of the meanest. Those that have dared to question its authority are cast into the wilderness, many fighting this next election for example as Independents (Bridgend and NPT typical examples). Think you are bang on about there being a tipping point.… Read more »
Big Gee
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Thank you for your kind words Stan. Reciprocally, I and others tip our hats to you. It is evident that you are one of the main pillars in this fact finding work. Your continual ‘ferreting’ contributions have been a key aspect in this important work.

iestyn
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On the death of the funding page, Families smells a rat!

https://www.familiesonline.co.uk/local/carmarthenshire/in-the-know/parents-asked-to-donate-to-save-education-in-wales

I assume this page works like all the others, and only collects when the target is reached, but still not a good advert for the campaign…

sibrydionmawr
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I was pretty incredulous when I read this post. As you say, whoever is behind the fundraising campaign certainly has an imaginative take on what constitutes truth. I doubt that anyone ‘official’ from Welsh Labour are behind it, as even though many of them might secretly be in favour of anything that undermines initiatives to strengthen the position of the Welsh language, most of them have sufficient nous to realise… Read more »
Nigel Stapley
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“What I can never fathom is why Brits who move to other countries try to impose their conceptions on the locals.” It’s not difficult to work out at all, sb. It’s what comes of never having come to terms with the loss of (most) of their Empire, and of having been exposed to decades of national self-mythologising and propaganda. This includes the fantasy that World War II was won single-handedly… Read more »
Marconatrix
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I agree entirely, couldn’t have put it better myself. I suspect the ‘Pinewood outlook’ for want of a better name is especially prominent amongst the ‘peace babies’, now of course retirees, who received their entire knowledge of WWII from a triumphalist post-war media, as both documentary and fiction. I suspect that the previous generation who actually fought and endured the war, would have had a more realistic outlook.

iantoddu
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Down the bottom of that statement on families UK it says that it was written by Families Carmarthenshire rather than Families UK (Something about the tone made me check), which you probably noticed already, of course. So it would have been written, presumably, by TheWomanWhoSetItUp, saying she had nothing to do with it besides the setting up of multiple accounts on FamiliesUK and Facebook. Funnily enough, the link hasn’t been… Read more »
Chopper Harley
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In my experience when someone has a weak argument they often resort to making unsubstantiated claims, play the victim card or even tell downright lies. This campaign seems to have ticked all those boxes, wonder how much Jacques Protic intends to donate ?

Alun Ifans
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Is Karen Deacon of Families Carmarthenshire, the same Karen Deacon as appeared prominently as an objector to the Welsh Medium proposal for Llangennech?

Dippy
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There have been a few of these cases over the years and the only real winners are the solicitors. Remember Education First v Dyfed County Council back in teh 80s/90s? That went all the way up the court chain, many appeals, to House of Lords, maybe even EC! DCC won every time, of course. As already seen, the ‘Save english medium education’ crew won’t get far. That said, it is… Read more »
dafis
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Only obliquely linked to this topic, it was interesting to see the much tweeted “stand off ” between a young lady and an EDL protestor at Birmingham over the weekend. EDL like so many other “BritNat”/ “AngloNat” groupings are very hot on their ( English only ) rights and perceived grievances, while the Asian Lady sees all sorts of things wrong with the world in England but has probably never… Read more »
Anonymous
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I hope that some of the anti-Welsh language brigade have read the very interesting article in today’s i newspaper. ‘Bilingual children ‘are superior students’ it says. This was based on research in the UK by the University of Sydney. ‘Bilingual children showed a general superiority… in a range of cognative outcomes such as … reading, pattern construction and maths tests.’ Interestingly, it also shows that children who speak more than… Read more »
Cllr David Lewis Alltwen - Councillor for another Month.
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Cllr David Lewis Alltwen - Councillor for another Month.
Hi Jac. I thought I might offer the following facts for your consideration. I apologise for the length – not of my making! Cwmtawe Community School has 11/12 primary schools within its Catchment Area- as defined by the County Borough Council. Half Welsh Medium(WM), half English Medium (EM) Feb 2014, parents – approximately 80 families- in four of the WM Primary Schools received a letter from the Director of Ed.,… Read more »
Brychan
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There is a more general problem here. It relates to the issue of ‘mega-schools’, and it’s being exasperated by the ‘Future Schools Programme’. There are two flawed concepts (a) that there are loads of ‘old unsuitable buildings’ that have reached the end of serviceable life’ and that a new building is required. (b) A big centralised school is better than a number of smaller schools locally. For secondary schools the… Read more »
Resident of Alltwen
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David, As a resident of Alltwen I was not aware of any issues and I’m trying to understand why it would be an issue, for who and for how many. No-one, I know has been ranting about this in Alltwen, but then again Alltwen is easy walking distance to the school and it wouldn’t effect anyone here. It wouldn’t be an issue for residents of Alltwen, Rhos, Ynysmeudwy, Rhyd-y-fro and… Read more »
Cllr David Lewis, Alltwen .
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Cllr David Lewis, Alltwen .
Hello and thanks for responding. While I will offer answers to some of your points might I ask you to read the whole article again -you have missed out some important points! As the Labour Councillor for Alltwen for the last thirty eight years I am aware and agree totally with your analysis of the local scene – it doesn’t affect us! My involvement stems from being a Governor at… Read more »
Resident of Alltwen
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I think I’ve pretty much guessed the areas and can see where you are coming from, even though it is news to me. I was with you for a bit on this one with regards to I’m guessing pupils from Gwaun Cae Gurwen and Cwmllynfell, maybe Y Wern (althoughI think they should go to Maesydderwen, which is struggling for numbers and an excellent school as well and YGG Blaendulais should… Read more »
Cllr David Lewis, Alltwen .
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Cllr David Lewis, Alltwen .
Hello -Again! When I decided to write this piece I did so with the clear expectation that it would raise old Welsh Language issues along the lines you have developed. I am well aware of those old battles, which I deplore as much as you. Without being disrespectful it is obvious that you are not aware of the huge changes which NPT have committed to with regard to Welsh Medium… Read more »
Brychan
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Clr Lewis, you say -“Two children from the same street one travelling free and the other paying £260 per year for the same privilege because they switched from WM to EM at secondary school.” I realise you cannot name the individuals on a public forum such as this, but please name the street and the schools concerned, and the age/year of entry. It is vital to the case. I am… Read more »
Resident Of Alltwen
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David, Thanks for the reply. I just wanted to come back and correct something that maybe I should have worded a bit more clearly – I wasn’t supporting the stance of not paying school transport to pupils who choose to switch, when I said fair play, I was meaning that those parents also deserve fair treatment and doing anything else would ultimately prove to be counter-productive in terms of alienating… Read more »
Resident Of Alltwen
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David, Maybe we got off on the wrong foot here. I just wanted to come back and correct something that maybe I should have worded a bit more clearly – I wasn’t supporting the stance of not paying school transport to pupils who choose to switch, when I said fair play, I was meaning that those parents also deserve fair treatment and doing anything else would ultimately prove to be… Read more »
Andy Williams
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Hello Jac, just to clarify some of what you have written regarding Lee Waters AM. Lee grew up in the next street to me in Ammanford. Ammanford then was within the constituency he now represents. Unfortunately ‘Gerrymandering’ boundary changes meant that Ammanford came under Carmarthen rather than Llanelli and we’ve had twenty years of uneventful or ineffective nationalist representation. Even when the rest of the country was reaping the benefits… Read more »
gaynor
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So how come PLaid’s majority increases every election if that ineffectual, you could do a lot worse mate, be thankful that you have somebody of the claibre of Adam Price and especially Jonathon Edwards representing you – if you don’t realise that you are quite ignorant of life in your constituency , BTW Caramrthesnhire has fared better in the last 20 yrs compared to many other western counties in Wales,… Read more »
dafis
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The continuing development of highly centralised, large catchment education particularly in the 11-16 and 16-18 age bands is clear evidence of an “industrialisation” process being applied to delivery of service. The focus shifts away from communities and onto meeting the needs of the provider, ultimately leading to the situation where Joe and Jane Public can get stuffed and fall in line. It has already showed its ugly face in health… Read more »
Gwil Williams
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The irony is completely lost on these arseheads.
http://caredig.blogspot.com/2017/04/speciesism-immigrants-and-natives.html

Brychan
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Complete nobheads. The statement that “Red squirrels are primarily at risk of extinction from human activity.” Is utter nonsense. Red squirrels are being decimated by the squirrel pox virus, which is fatal to reds, to which grey squirrels are immune, being the main vector of transmission. Human activity in Ceredigion is mainly Welsh farmers who actually are propagating more habitat. As for re-wilding. I’m all for it. I suggest re-introduction… Read more »
Cllr David Lewis, Alltwen .
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Cllr David Lewis, Alltwen .
To Alltwen Resident. Hello…..again. Just let me say that what I have posted so far is the tip of the most ‘corrupt iceberg’ I have witnessed in all my political career. I’ve got a house to build so I will (try to) be brief. A simple point at first. With regard to Welsh in Primary schools, probably throughout Wales, but certainly in NPT, it’s is now heard as routine between… Read more »
Cllr David Lewis, Alltwen .
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Cllr David Lewis, Alltwen .
Brychan The information about the specific example formed part of the 18 month Ombudsman enquiry into a case in Tairgawith . He found in favour of the family who cited the example. However, for decades, school buses from the villages along the northern rim of the County Borough have carried a mix of EM and WM primary School. The mix might be from the same street, adjacent streets, the same… Read more »
Big Gee
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Party: Unaffiliated, Independent Ward: Allt-wen ================================================= A few simple questions Cllr. Lewis. 1. Are you a native Welsh speaker? 2. Do you have children? If so do they speak Welsh? 3. I understand that you are a so-called ‘Independent’ councillor, but for who do you personally vote for in the ballot box? and finally, 4. Do you believe that any nation who has it’s own unique culture, language and traditions,… Read more »
Brychan
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Thanks for your reply, Mr Lewis. May I ask you to vote for Plaid Cymru in May? For the following – (a) to build on the work you played a part in over the years, (b) to ensure that access to YGG Ystalyfera WM continues, (c) standards continue to improve at Cwmtawe EM, and (d) that dismissive council executives realise that the MUST reply and be held accountable. There will… Read more »
dafis
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To endorse Brychan’s point, particularly about quality of representation – all candidates aspiring to be councillors MUST hold the interests of their communities paramount. Councils do not legislate in any grand way, they do produce regulations at local level which have to operate within the framework of broader law. Primarily they administer that which is handed down from above and that is where, in some cases, they take excessive licence… Read more »
Cllr David Lewis, Alltwen .
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Cllr David Lewis, Alltwen .
Dear BG I thought long and hard before deciding to go public with this issue. Ever sensitive that the moment one raises matters linked to the Welsh language that people like yourself would jump out of the wood work trying to establish “what side I’m on” ! And Bingo there you are! Over the last few days I have spent hours setting out a series of facts associated with NPTCBC… Read more »
A Black
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Cllr Lewis, I found your posts excellent, it doesn’t matter to me where you’re coming from or going to, the substance showed a depth of knowledge of the workings of the local authority. I look forward to hearing more from you.

Big Gee
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You mean an in depth knowledge of Council procedures? And a diary of accrued tit bits in order to ‘Police’ the activities of others? Bigots come in various flavours. Some come straight out with it (they are more likely to be respected – even by their enemies). Then there are others who slink and sneak around slyly collecting tittle bits of tittle-tattle that they can use to promote their own… Read more »
di-enw
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Cllr David Lewis as you say you have given an exhaustive description of events. I’m in no position to question to what degree they represent your description of events or not so I’ll just comment on what appears to be an opinion of yours on the overall situation. You said in your first comment – “However, there was worse to come! In my view, this phase demonstrated more clearly the… Read more »
Big Gee
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Cllr Lewis – ‘di-enw’ has been more direct and forthright in his response than me, but it seems that he has picked up on the same points. I framed my comment as a series of questions in order to get a clearer picture in a wider context. I note that you have not answered any of them, choosing instead to skirt around what I asked by dragging the focus away… Read more »
Cllr David Lewis, Alltwen .
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Cllr David Lewis, Alltwen .
Dear di-enw. When I chose to to use this web site there were two principal reasons. The first was to demonstrate that not all Labour controlled authorities were anti the development of the welsh language – NPT certainly isn’t. Secondly, I felt there was a need to reveal the gerrymandering that was going on, driven by senior officers (with no “official Council approval”), to force WM Primary children transfer to… Read more »
di-enw
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My first effort at a reply got sent, if it was sent, before I finished it. If it did get through it can be binned. Cllr David Lewis the details you present point to issues of council competence and attitude and even commitment to their WL education plan rather than a Welsh language agenda per se. In effect you’re making a good case for pointing out that the council has… Read more »
The Earthshaker
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Pasg Hapus Pawb/Happy Easter Everyone

This radical take on the welsh economy and independence is well is worth reading and sharing, we supporters of indy need to offer alternatives and this should be one of them https://freewales.org/independent-wales-prosperous-wales/

Big Gee
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An absolutely excellent article by Simon Gruffydd Foster. He and I have followed similar paths. In Plaid, then left, because we both realised that the independence issue was no longer a priority for that party. Both involved with the Independent Wales Party. Both sickened by the current situation, both hopeful of an awakening. “FE Godwn Ni Eto” Glasiad! And finally I find after reading his brilliant article on his blog… Read more »
YBarddCwsc
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“You may recall that in News Round-up 24.03.2017 I wrote of a Labour councillor in Plaid Cymru-controlled Gwynedd, https://tinyurl.com/zp7topr, and reported that a project of his had been favoured by the local funding agency, Mantell Gwynedd” Siôn Wyn Jones is remarkable even by the standards of Labour Councillors. A Manchurian Property-Rapist called Mark Sanders (he likes to be known as “the Colonel” according to his Facebook page) wants to convert… Read more »
YBarddCwsc
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Yes, Siôn Wyn Jones was in favour of the bunkhouse.

He was (by some margin) the most self-satisfied member of the Planning Committee.

He’s one to watch for the future, I doubt being Councillor for Bethel is the limit of his ambition.

daffy2012
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Yet people still vote for these muppets like Sion Jones.

Big Gee
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Sad to say, but sometimes people get the politicians they deserve!

Martin
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He portrays himself as an outsider and populist, much like this blog would celebrate in other circumstances. In Gwynedd Plaid Cymru is the establishment (a professional, effective, patriotic establishment!) and Labour is outside the circle. Despite much of Gwynedd being Labour in the post-war years. He ‘stands up for his village’ allegedly.

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Different tack entirely. BuzzFeed News, this week, reporting that … A company run by a senior UKIP politician is selling what appears to be industrial-strength bleach as a health product, with instructions for users to put a few drops of it in drinks or use it with water as mouthwash. Andrew Haigh, who was appointed UKIP’s national organiser for Wales in 2015, has, according to the website of his company… Read more »
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