Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Never mind terrorism, what about form filling?

Price4President marvels at Elfyn Llwyd MP's Olympian lack of proportion at having changed the subject from terrorism to the lack of Welsh language licensing forms during Prime Minister's Questions last week. Price4President quotes Ann Treneman's diary piece from The Times, 14/7/05, which "captures the mood of the house".

However, after reading the original piece, the "mood of the house" is distinctly different from the disdain towards Elfyn Llwyd portrayed in Price4President's edited version.

It is also worth reading Hansard's account of Elfyn Llwyd's words:

May I associate myself fully with the expressions of condolence and sympathy from the Prime Minister earlier, and on behalf of Plaid Cymru and the Scottish National party fully support the Government in their efforts to bring to justice the awful men and, I presume, women who are responsible for the attack?

On an entirely separate matter, which is quite urgent, will the Prime Minister intervene personally to alleviate the problems of many licensees in Wales who have availed themselves of the right, under the Welsh Language Act 1993, to submit forms through the medium of the Welsh language? The deadline is 6 August and no such forms exist. Is the Prime Minister not a little discomfited that 12 years since the passing of that Act, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, of all Departments, has no Welsh language scheme? Does he not now agree that there is a need for a proper, new and robust Welsh language Act?

Forgot to add that first bit in, did we?


Blogger Gareth said...

Plaid Cymru and SNP members at westminster don't have the opportunity to ask many questions at PMQ's. Therefore they must take every opportunity that's available to highlight a particular issue at one of the highlights of the political week that is shown live on every major television channel.

3:51 AM  
Blogger David Taylor said...

But the only reason Elfyn Llwyd was called during PMQ's that day was to pay tribute to London on behalf of Plaid Cymru and the SNP - just as he had done the week previosuly during Charles Clarke's emergency statement.

Whilst I agree they don't get many chances to ask questions during PMQ's - this was not the time.

They should not have used this opportunity to to talk about Welsh forms in pubs in Gwynedd.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Blewyn said...

I can't fathom what made him choose such a time to bring it up.....it just doesn't make sense from any angle..

4:39 AM  
Blogger Blewyn said...

....unless of course he was asked to break the ice so to speak, so that the house could get back to work ??

5:25 AM  
Blogger David Taylor said...

I can assure you that wasn't the case. Members from all parties (including his own) and the Speaker where very suprised!

5:10 AM  
Blogger cymrumark said...

I thought Elfyn was taking a business as usual approach...but I guess a Labour party activist like David Taylor would disagree...

2:06 AM  

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