Labour pulp election leaflets over Welsh language comments

From WalesOnline:

Labour has pulped 5,000 copies of a Cardiff council election leaflet because it contains a resident’s comment that they “can’t apply for most jobs in Wales because you need to speak Welsh”…

A Welsh Labour spokesman said: “Following external production of a leaflet for the Ely ward in Cardiff, the local party identified a small paragraph which contained words from a local resident that clearly ran contrary to Welsh Labour’s policy position and core beliefs…

“The leaflet in question – leaked to the South Wales Echo with the claim that it was being distributed – was stolen from a storage space in Transport House while awaiting removal for destruction.

“This theft is extremely concerning. We are currently reviewing the CCTV footage.”

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11 Comments

  • jedibeeftrix

    er, isn’t it a good idea for public sector officials to be able to communicate with local residents in their own language?

    Just a thought.

  • But to get back to the substantive, this looks like a HUGE cock-up by somebody putting a leaflet together.

  • jedibeeftrix – you seem to neglect why such a policy is there in the first place! Before positive attempts were made 40 – 50 years ago, Welsh was dying on its feet. Many minority languages have become extinct because local majority languages have taken over!

  • >which contained words from a local resident that clearly ran contrary to Welsh Labour’s policy position and core beliefs…

    Which is that it is fine for employers to discriminate against non-Welsh speakers??

    >er, isn’t it a good idea for public sector officials to be able to communicate with local residents in their own language?

    Cardiff City Council website: “Languages spoken by pupils at Cardiff schools include Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali, Somali, Arabic, Hindi, Cantonese, Farsi, Pushtu and Gujerati.”
    Around 94 languages spoken in Cardiff, according to a ‘why work here?” job site. WIth Welsh spoken by 11% of Cardiffians. Most of whom have learned it as a second language in school or night school.

    And this leaflet was in Ely. Unemployment rate double that of the city average and half the population with no qualifications. Suffering, like much of South Wales, from the loss of heavy industries which traditionally employed thousands of manual workers.
    Saving the Welsh language not top of most locals’ priority lists.

  • Fifteen people in Wales who speak Welsh but not English?

    Possibly.

    But I’ve probably got fifteen people in my family who speak Welsh better than they speak English.

    So why should they be disadvantaged.

    In their own country.

  • Just checked the Cardiff City Council website for evidence of this bias against non-Welsh speakers.

    Checked the first 20 jobs which came up.

    Eighteen had no language reference whatever (other than saying that applications could be made in either language)

    Two stated that a knowledge of “basic Welsh” would be an “advantage”. Both were in website work.

    Hardly “you can’t apply for most jobs … because you have to speak Welsh” !

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