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Clear messages

Betsan Powys | 00:00 UK time, Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Another Welsh Labour consultation is kick-started today in preparation for the 2011 Assembly Manifesto.

Yesterday it was Leighton Andrews and the Welsh economy. Today it's Alun Davies and Nia Griffith tackling the language.

"All too often the debate on the language has been hijacked by lawyers and lecturers" they write, though they can't possibly be thinking of Counsel General Carwyn Jones who delivered what was a very similar take on Labour's future direction on the language at the Eisteddfod this year.

The message is that it's time Labour claimed its place at the forefront of the debate, a debate it wants to steer away from linguistic rights and in the direction of jobs, skills, opportunities and partnerships.

"Now though" they sum up "is the time to make a clear, Welsh Labour message on the Welsh language" - a rather different one to the message conveyed by the former Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott I imagine.


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