Learning Welsh should be as accessible as learning English
Welsh language should be as accessible as English language is. Sadly, it is not the case. I am talking from my own experience. I moved to Wales and I would like to learn at least a little bit of Welsh. It is relatively easy to find a free English class and it is impossible to find a free Welsh language class. The UK Equality Act states that no one should be treated less favourably than another just because of his or her nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion, religious or philosophical belief or absence of religion or belief. Learning Welsh should be as accessible as learning English to anyone, including the first generation immigrants.
This petition was successfully submitted to the National Assembly for Wales and can bee seen here in English and in Welsh. Based on my twelve years experience of living in the UK, I feel that the United Kingdom will not respond to the petition adequately because of a very strong negative attitude towards the Welsh language. Another reason would be potential benefits for other regions similar to Wales throughout Europe as illustrated in the Council of Europe expressing concerns regarding the use of Catalan and the Spanish State’s other “regional languages” in the administration of justice and in the health service.
To illustrate the point why the UK would not be responding to the petition adequately I would like to provide a few random arguments:
- #despitebeingtaughtinwelsh scandal
- Cardiff central library does not stock any Welsh language books in their EU bookcase despite such publications being available and despite me reminding them
- Scottish Independence Referendum coverage: despite tangible support in Scotland the BBC failed to even once utter that the Scots may potentially be right to want independence at least in some alternative reality, similarly main UK politicians and the media in general
- Language Show, a yearly trade show on matters of language, sticks exclusively to 5-7 imperial languages and ignores any minority British languages or any immigrants’ languages
- More than 1/3 of London inhabitants are first generation immigrants (12% in the UK) and they have no political party or any other representation in society.
- Meet-ups for immigrants on www.meetup.com are usually led not by immigrants
- Clwb Ifor Bach: I visited the club, because it was described as a place where one could find some Welsh language acts. Instead, on a night, when there were no Welsh language acts, I was assaulted by the security on some absurd accusations and violently pushed out of the club. The police, instead of investigating my complaint about assault, started to threaten me and did everything to create the conditions for any evidence to be destroyed. Subsequently I made an IPCC complaint and, three months since the complaint was made, the police have been attempting to suppress the it, including informal phone calls. The complaint hasn’t made it yet to the IPCC investigation stage.
- By three to one, British people think the British Empire is something to be proud of rather than ashamed of – they also tend to think it left its colonies better off, and a third would like it to still exist
- A company that operates car parks in North Wales refuses to accept letters of complaint in Welsh
- Councils arguing that Welsh is irrelevant