Oh bugger! The taffs are at it again…
This week’s lunacy from the country that bottled a full parliament in favour of an assembly with bugger all to do except make up damn silly laws, concerns Welsh place names that nobody – including most welshmen – can pronounce.
It all started with a row where the Grade I-listed Plas Glynllifon near Caernarfon was referred to as Wynnborn Mansion in online marketing material. Basically this was because nobody could pronounce or spell the welsh version so the owners decided to market it under a rather less tongue twisting name.
Then enter Faerdre Fach. Nobody could remember, pronounce or spell that either so the owner markets it as Happy Donkey Hill B&B – quite logical as it actually houses a donkey sanctuary and, to be fair, it still maintains the original name as well. It’s on a sign outside the entrance.
But this simply won’t do! Meri Huws, the Welsh Language Commissioner, says certain names should be recorded and then placed on a “statutory register”. Such names should be protected by law! She reckons that the Historic Environment Bill progressing through the assembly provided “a real opportunity for us to protect names through a statutory register and that is done in other places in the world”.
Personally, I think it’s a fucking waste of time and money. Money which, of course, is given to them by the government because as I have said before, the Welsh at at their best pissing English money up a Welsh wall.
And, in my view, if you have to enshrine such things in law, then this proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Welsh really is a dead language…