Distinct lack of Welshness
I AM a doctor of social science at Nottingham University and am trying to enjoy a camping holiday on Gower with my family. It is raining cats and dogs, alas, and I am writing this letter in the lounge of the King Arthur Hotel in Reynoldston.
I sometimes write a column for Nottingham's Evening Post and I enjoy reading your newspaper (irrespective of the weather!) from the point of view of social studies. I was interested, then, to read the short item "Welsh identity is key" (Post, June 30).
I read "Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has claimed Wales will be independent within a generation..." And I infer that Wales could be independent by, say 2027.
I am not qualified to write about this Welsh political issue but, on another rainy day last week I visited Swansea University while my wife took our son to a venue in Mumbles.
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My own impression, after looking into the University's library and the bookshop in the Taliesin building, were one of familiarity. The Englishness of Swansea University stood out.
Now, if — as Leanne Wood has proclaimed — Wales were to become independent by (say) 2027/30, I cannot imagine such a Welsh state on being 100 per cent Welsh.
The cost of converting a single library from one Welsh University alone, from English into Welsh, would be prohibitive.
In fact, and I am about to refill my glass with a Welsh bitter, not one person here in the King Arthur is conversing in the Welsh language. The lack of Welsh "speaks volumes" so to speak.