Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Welsh is a dead language
If you are looking to shave a huge amount of money from the national budget, can I suggest that you need to look no further than the amounts spent by National and local government in translating everything into foreign languages?
It's ridiculous. If people want to live here in the UK, then they should learn to understand English. And if they can't read your literature, let them get one of their mates to tell you what it says.
And while you're at it, you could also slash 50% off the money given to the Welsh assembly at a stroke!
I recently returned from a trip to Wales. Everything was written in two languages - first Welsh, and underneath in English. Except in the south, where it is the other way around. I wonder if there is a bit in the middle where it is side by side?
But I digress. The fact is that this costs hundreds of millions of pounds and is completely unnecessary.
English is the official language of the UK, not Welsh. There are 60 million people in the United Kingdom and some 600,000 people in Wales speak Welsh. That equates to 1% of the population overall and approximately 21% of the population of Wales.
The Welsh Language Society openly admits that there is less than 0.1% of the population who only speak Welsh - and those are preschool age children who are growing up in families that speak Welsh as a first language.
Think of the environmental cost! Bigger signs, more paint, more ink, more paper. And why? The people who read them all speak English!
The Welsh assembly has interpreters who sit in on its proceedings, translating live through members' headphones. I can understand this in the United Nations - but in Cardiff!?! It's ridiculous. Everyone present can speak English.
That is what happens when you give a tin pot little principality - note that I say "principality" not "country" - its own parliament. They piss money up the wall to make themselves look important and pass silly laws to make it happen.
And don't tell me that Welsh is still a live language - because they still speak Latin in the Vatican but that doesn't mean that every Italian street sign is in two languages.
Sorry, Taff, but the Welsh language is a quaint little anachronism and doesn't need to be plastered over everything in sight.
Get over it and move on...