LFW will be making a detailed submission to the House of Lords BBC Charter Renewal investigation, based on evidence obtained over the last three years, in respect of BBC Wales and S4C.
The ‘entitled’ arrogance, deceit, Welsh Labour government patronage on an appalling scale re taxpayer hand outs to journalists, presenters, editors, preferential appointments. The family tree at BBC Wales, blatant nationalist Welsh language bias in political reporting, discrimination in recruitment………
Chapter and verse and all backed up with unequivocal evidence.
It really is time both organisations were subjected to some serious scrutiny and ruthless reform. Both have been getting away with self-serving exploitation of the taxpayer for years.
The Welsh language BBC and S4C, should be funded by viewer subscription and nothing more.
NB See post below on S4C for a small taster. This is nothing and it should be remembered that the evidence submitted by the editor of LFW to the Welsh Assembly was responsible for the Arts Council of Wales being hauled before a Senate Public Accounts Committee last October.
It is being suggested by some in Welsh speaking, nationalist quarters that ‘LFW’ has an entirely different meaning from the one published.
The Editor categorically refutes such a seedy corruption of LFW’s noble intent!!
We live in a democracy, like it or not.
Jeremy Corbyn, whatever one’s political persuasions, is entitled to state his case without fear or on occasions vicious media opprobrium.
All this political glass house, armchair quackery is becoming exceedingly tiresome.
If there is an appetite for far left change, then no doubt those who hold the real power ie the people (in spite of what jumped-up, political conspiracy fantasists are inclined to advocate) will have their will.
LFW exercises caution where political prediction is concerned, there are enough omelette covered faces out there in the London media as it is.
Let Corbyn have his way, Parliament will continue to shout and yell but isn’t this what a healthy democracy is all about?
Good luck to the man and may he continue to wind everybody up, at least this bearded Ancient Mariner has brought some excitement to what is normally a politically correct, platform of people pleasing Westminster claptrap!
One is led to believe that the Lib Dems are a party of liberal endeavour and fairness for all, Guardianista social justice.
Last June, the Welsh Lib Dems enthusiastically supported new planning laws that prioritise Welsh speakers when it comes to the allocation of homes in new Welsh housing developments. Can you imagine what would happen if this scandalous legislation was tried on in the West Midlands, say to protect Punjabi speakers who are on a parity with Welsh speakers in a similar population count ie 18%?
There would be a public outcry at such blatant discrimination and sleazy social engineering.
The Welsh Lib Dems are ignoring the 82% English speaking majority in Wales in a desperate bid to win a few cheap votes from Welsh speakers, the same applies to their avid support for Welsh language S4C (£2.2bn of taxpayers’ money to date, £74m pa at present) a channel that few if any watch.
They are also, like so many other Welsh politicians, scared silly of incurring the tyrannical wrath of that extreme School of Arson, the Welsh Language Society (LFW isn’t, it should be noted), whom the ‘Welsh Language Commissioner’,one Meri Huws once chaired.*
All this is an utter disgrace and if anything will cost the Welsh Lib Dems votes; votes that they can ill afford to lose. Wales will never, ever progress while this sort of thing is allowed to happen. The messages it sends out to the rest of the UK, let alone the wider world, is extremely negative:
Don’t come to Wales to live and work unless you speak Welsh. Such legislation can only be described as: insular, backward looking and a massive betrayal of liberal values.
The Welsh Lib Dems really have lost it; this is not only a pity, it is also disappointing.
* Only recently, Meri Huws (or Mary Hughes for all you English speakers, Welsh speaking nationalists have this eccentric habit of translating their English names into Welsh and dumping ‘aps’ in between their Christian and surnames – BBC Wales is full of them) took NS&I to the High Court to force them to re-instate a Welsh language service – which no-one used.
Cost of Crachach Supremo Meri’s zealous coercion?
£54,000 of taxpayers’ money in legal costs, oh and not to mention the fact that the State pays her substantially more than any MP or AM, along with all the bomb proof pension perks etc. See: http://labour-uncut.co.uk/2014/03/21/letter-from-wales-how-much-taxpayers-money-is-the-welsh-language-commission-spending-on-its-legal-cases/
Orkney has one and so does Shetland.
Check it out.
PS There’s also a ‘Fucking’ in Austria and LFW thought Wales had the monopoly on weird place names!
When it comes to holding Government ministers to account, there is this evasive if not rather quaint cop out demarcation protocol called the ‘Sir Humphrey Appleby Line’ – in other words, civil servant government verbiage and maintaining the party line must not be confused with politics, if you can work that one out?
Of course, democratic accountability doesn’t come into it.
The Wales Office and Welsh ministers Stephen Crabb and Alun Cairns are apparently enthusiastic fans of ‘Yes Minister’, as clearly evidenced by the fact that they refuse to be interviewed, this is in spite of their opposite numbers having their say both here and in the Welsh press.
Apparently, it’s all about a conflict of interest between devolved issues and Westminster issues – in other words, chaotic devolution time.
Excuse LFW here, but are not these Welsh MP’s supposed to be representing the people, who incidentally couldn’t give a damn about whether it’s Cardiff Bay or London? And God forbid, do they not sit in Parliament to answer?
Not showing much respect to their Taffy compatriots either, are they? These two boringly risk averse and safety-play, ministerial politicos also insist on knowing what the questions are going to be pre-interview.
Well, the response to this one is and always must be:
Tough, it’s an ’empty chair’ or nothing.
Ministers are our servants, theirs is to answer and explain NOT to duck, dive, proscribe and be ‘unavailable’, as the Welsh Office appears to believe.