Tories can be nice people…?

Hasn’t the world changed recently. According to my Mam this lot used to eat Miners’ babies for breakfast….

Welsh Tory manifesto.

Wales is blessed with a vibrant heritage,
two national languages and an
outstanding sporting tradition. Our
national community was among the first
to emerge in Europe. We have a literary
tradition that dates back to the sixth
century. Yet while devolution has brought
renewed self-confidence to Wales,
successive Labour-led WAGs have failed
to take enough pride in Welsh cultural
traditions. There is often little knowledge
of Wales beyond our borders. As a result
the world’s greatest castles remain
relatively obscure. The chance to
strengthen legislation for the Welsh
language was ducked. And other
opportunities have been missed to
protect and cultivate Welsh heritage.
A NEW VOICE
A Welsh Conservative Assembly
Government will give Wales a big,
confident ‘brand’ identity with heritage at
its core. We will enhance the full
potential of national treasures like the
Welsh language and the finest medieval
castles in the world. We want to spark a
renaissance in the creative industries, in
both the medium of English and Welsh.
While Wales has in recent years become
a venue for major sporting events, we will
invest further in this vital area.
A WELSH CONSERVATIVE
ASSEMBLY GOVERNMENT
WILL:
Create a Bilingual Nation
– Introduce a Charter-Mark for
businesses which will recognise Welsh
language services. The scheme will be
voluntary but will offer incentives for
bilingual signage and Welsh language
training for front-line staff.
– Work towards one million Welsh
speakers by 2031 and 1.5 million by
2051 in a truly bilingual Wales.
– Legislate to enshrine the official status
and equality of the Welsh and English
languages in Wales and the
independence of the Welsh Language
Commissioner.
– Offer a package of support to parents
and guardians of children in Welsh
medium schools, to include help to
learn Welsh.
– Support Eisteddfodau across Wales.

Good grief – I could have written that myself….(except for the castles – I’d knock them down…)

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  • ItwasSammyMcNally

    Dewi,

    Excellent committment to the language – perhaps they added in the bit about the castles to remind you guys who the boss really is.

    …and in relation to the castles, I think the Normans built quite a few on the site of Roman Forts, so careful wtih that bulldozer.

  • “except for the castles – I’d knock them down…”

    I am shaking my head here Dewi. Is Sammy’s inference correct – that you would like to see the castles gone so that you are not reminded about the conquest of Wales by King Edward I in the 13th century.

    How can you be political about ancient monuments?

  • Tories can be nice people …

    Perhaps: but not on my Norf Lunnun home turf. Self-advertising apart …

    Fourth week coming up since I tried to raise a whit of response from either Theresa May or Eric Pickles.

    I see, in passing, that Anthony Wells has the latest YouGov/ITV Wales polling up:

    Welsh constituency: CON 20%(-1), LAB 49%(+2), LDEM 8%(nc), PC 17%(nc)
    Welsh regional: CON 20%(nc), LAB 44%(-1), LDEM 8%(nc), PC 18%(+2)

    That projects into: Labour 31, Conservative 13, Plaid Cymru 11, Lib Dems 5

    So it looks as if an awful deal of soft-soap is needed.

  • Here’s the remedy for your phobia, Dewi:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V4JkG9bme8

    It looks and sounds as if Wales and its Castles are — ahem! — virgin territory for Isobel.

  • Very good Malcolm

    But would Dewi be allowed to bring a sheep into Cardiff castle?

  • Seymour Major @ 11:56 am:

    It’s not a Welsh prerogative, y’know. And it has royal approval.

    Thomas Plantagenet, youngest son of Edward III, had a daughter, Anne. Her third husband (nobility in those days also practised serial monogamy) was William Bourchier, Earl of Eu in Normandy. The English (fair enough: the Anglo-Normans) anglicised that so their heir became “Earl of Ewe and Essex”.

    The punch-line (apart from any mention of Essex in such as context) is thence descended the Strangeway(e)s family.

    Not many people know that … OK: I just get my anaorak on the way out.

  • Dewi

    Kidding – I actually like castles – Caerffili is pretty cool….but
    http://www.castlewales.com/carreg.html
    Carreg Cennen the best…

  • Dewi,

    I’m glad to hear that. I noticed this interesting castle on that Website.

    Could it have been owned by the Count of Eu (Ew)?

    http://www.castlewales.com/ewloe.html

  • otto

    Is this about creating a Con-Lib-Plaid coalition?

    Does reform of language legislation have similar standing for Plaid as electoral reform has for liberals?

  • Dewi

    Otto – no – Lib Dems in Wales in huge peril.

  • HeinzGuderian

    psst……….don’t let on,but Rory’s in the lead,again !!! 😉

  • ItwasSammyMcNally

    “Otto – no – Lib Dems in Wales in huge peril.”

    The poor Lib Dems results in Scotland and Wales (and the AV result) could seriously destabilise the British government.

  • PaddyReilly

    Tories are very nice people, when they’re canvassing your vote.

    Boris Johnson went round the Camden Lock market in London and spoke to some friends of mine, promising them all sort of tax breaks for the stallholders.

    A little research though revealed that none of these things would be in his gift as Mayor of London.

    And of course none of these things were delivered.

    A Conservative politician regards his voters as proles to be fooled. Whether the other parties are any better, I cannot say, but there doesn’t seem to be quite the same gap in lifestyles.

  • Dewi

    Paddy – they have stopped eating Miners’ babies though – that’s a start.

  • fordprefect

    The Tories have always been, and always will be complete B*******! I also can’t wait for the Assembly and council elections in Britain, just to see the Lib Dems getting wiped out! I know quite a lot of Lib Dem councillors are decent people, but it’s the fault of Tory arse-lickers like Clegg and Cable and co. I’ll be watching the Brit election rather that the predictable, coma inducing borefest that passes for an election here in the north.

  • wee buns

    I for one can’t believe that Tories change their stripes. British upper classes = born to rule, not change. Of castles, culture and language…why do they suddenly need cultivated? So they can eat even more babies.

  • PaddyReilly

    The reason Tories don’t eat miners’ babies any more is that there are no miners: all the mines have been closed down.

    Welsh speakers are a largely bourgeois lot: the sort of people who voted Liberal before they turned to Plaid Cymru. They probably belong in the current coalition.

  • Dewi

    yeah Paddy – i eat bankers’ babies for breakfast.

  • sdelaneys

    I have just seen on bbc text where a number of wounded soldiers have reached the north pole and I can’t help wondering if it is the Tories they are running away from or the Afghanis.

  • William Hague is married to a Welsh lady – the lovely Ffion Jenkins.

    If I were in his shoes, I would have eaten her as well!