Act to protect the language
ALTHOUGH K Clements (Group has no ideas left, Saturday February 9) is right when he says the latest census figures show Welsh is in decline, he doesn't seem to have any positive ideas as to how to increase the use of the language. I'm sure Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg have plenty of ideas, but they are only a pressure group.
I would suggest the Welsh government look at the successful policy of the Basque country, where the language is now thriving after going into decline. 80 per cent of children aged between 8 and 9 receive their education through the medium of Basque. Of course this requires investment, but it is an investment in our children's future. Our government should be in the vanguard, spelling out the well-researched benefits of being bilingual.
K Clements talks about the money spent on the promotion of Welsh but doesn't mention the amount spent on the promotion of English. However, I would suggest getting rid of the Commissioner for the Welsh Language and use it to employ people to run Welsh playgroups. The Commissioner (as was the Welsh Language Board before it) is a smokescreen to lull people into thinking that something is being done about the language.
The Welsh government is also in a position to stop the ridiculous amount of new homes — 320,000 — planned across Wales. On what basis are we building these homes? According to the census 26 per cent of people living in Wales were born outside Wales, the highest figure for any European region apart from Luxembourg. Looking at the census figures, English immigration into Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion seems to have overwhelmed the Welsh language, which is in a minority for the first time ever in the history of those areas. If we want to arrest the decline of Welsh where it is still widely spoken, there needs to be a sensible housing policy. That's not down to Cymdeithas yr Iaith, it's down to the Welsh government.
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R S Campbell
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