Wales in 2012 - the year of ...

 

2012

First, some firsts:

The first Act passed by the Assembly, the first visit by the Welsh government and the Assembly to the Supreme Court in London, the first woman elected to lead Plaid, the first tranche of the Silk Commission's work done and - they hope - not left on a shelf to be dusted in years to come.

Labour flew through the local elections. only to land slightly awkwardly when the very first Police Commissioners were elected.

Definitely not firsts? Floods again, more dire economic predictions, the row over child abuse in North Wales rekindled and Awema, the 19th report in a row from the Wales Audit Office criticising the way the Welsh government deals with grant management.

2012 gave rise to a new double act in Westminster - Smith and Jones. Owen and David will take up the cudgels again come 2013. In Cardiff, the rumoured first shake up of Carwyn Jones' cabinet never came. Will there be one after Christmas, he was asked last week? "There is nothing planned" he said, "though after Christmas is pretty open ended ..."

Differences borne from devolution grew in 2012 - what it is to learn, qualify, teach in Wales and England will diverge all the more in 2013. What it is to fall ill, prevent, treat and care in Wales and England looked increasingly distinctive too.

2013? Feel free to predict what it'll bring.

Until then, a very merry Christmas to you all, with a special mention and an extra glass or two for the cheery lot who've kept the comments flowing all year long.

Nadolig llawen i chi un ag oll a blwyddyn newydd dda!

 
Betsan Powys, Political editor, Wales Article written by Betsan Powys Betsan Powys Former political editor, Wales

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    Comment number 57.

    49: So you're equating employment caused by Ill practices by Mine owners & Westminster neglect to physical violence by decree for daring to speak ones language which is akin to denying someone the right to breath even. Firstly I'm not your boy and If I were I'd be ashamed to call you father. I come from a family of W/S Wales Miners who died from Pneumoconiosis and know what suffering is pal!

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    Comment number 56.

    My view however is unchanged. The language demands are having a negative effect on economic development, inward investment and public services. We need to reassess and re set our priorities for the future, so that we progress as a society.

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    Comment number 54.

    49 Its about choice not capability, its about evolution not direction
    I have never tried to stop anyone speaking the language of their choice, nor would I wish to. As for being forced my boy, I'm a S Wales valleys Taff who was brought up in a 1950's mining village, who's father wanted better for his kids. Know what forced means? you have no idea.

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    Comment number 52.

    #45 'where is the evidence Welsh is forced on anyone. Democraticaly it can only be done by choice.'

    “It’s becoming more obvious that it’s the aspiration of everyone in Wales to be able to live our lives in Welsh' : CflG spokeswoman. Do you see any evidence there for listening or democratic input.?? Gonoph and I, for starters, don't have that aspiration.

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    Comment number 51.

    Alfsplace@ 32.

    Welsh is forced upon me every day. Unwanted bi-lingual documents ans wasteful road signs. Vast translation costs. Incidental Welsh for my grandchildren, need I go on?

    We all speak English and this constant demand to accept and embrace Welsh is just stupid.

    I think Welsh is the major divisive factor in Wales.

    You want independence? Look at the Scots. No language demands = Unity.

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    Comment number 50.

    46: Predictions are just that. Someone who has no idea of future evens but hope something will happen through a guesstimate. I don’t deal in predictions or read Horoscopes like some I could mention. After all you didn’t foresee your two glorius Referenda embarrassments otherwise you’d have quit while you were behind with hindsight. I'd say Happy Christmas but I wouldn’t really mean it. :)

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    Comment number 49.

    41: You have every right to not speak or learn Welsh if incapable but you do not have the right to stop others from being taught their birthright. After all when growing up all children are chastised or encouraged to learn against their will at one point whether it's Maths, English or eating his or hers Vegetables. You haven't got a clue what the true term being forced means do you?

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    Comment number 48.

    45
    Glad you agree Alf. It that sort of behaviour that I believe is holding back economic and business development in the principality, and that is why I object to the priority afforded the language at this time when we have so many other, far more pressing issues to address.

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    Comment number 47.

    #45 'Please guide us to where that has happened or where it could happen.'
    I ead the news announcement on Meri's report, and the comments within that report from the CylG spokeswoman. Apparently if current measures don't achieve a bilingual Wales 'further stronger measures will be needed.' MH didn't say it but she didn't rebut it, either.
    'far stronger promotional standards'. Clear enough ??

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    Comment number 46.

    43 Crossroads

    May I add the following prediction to your list?

    Mab posts a sensible, well thought out comment in which he doesn't blame our English cousins for all the wrongs in the world.

    Only joking Mab, I know that we can rely on you to continue to post your usual rants in 2013.

    Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year to everyone on this "blog"

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    Comment number 45.

    Cross. I couldn't afford to buy a house there. Celt. Yes I agree with you that is demeaning. To Welsh speakers. Boxer 38. That is being a bit silly again. Please guide us to where that has happened or where it could happen. You know full well it never will. So instead of silly non arguments where is the evidence Welsh is forced on anyone. Democraticaly it can only be done by choice.

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    Comment number 44.

    40: Oh is that an English science paper that exclusively uses Greek/Latin terms like biological or geographical plus thousands more and isn't good enough for describing names of flowers ect.. Talking footie. Seeing that English is a mere 1400 yrs old in it’s present form it would be the blue square sucking it’s dummy where wise Welsh would be in the European cup with greying disguised hair.

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    Comment number 43.

    "2013 Feel free to predict what it'll bring"

    Triple dip recession.

    2 Welsh teams in Premiership

    Old replaces new in Plaid leadership

    Lib Dems regain popularity (1000-1 offered)

    Several huge fraud cases in Welsh Local Govt.

    Tory/Lib Dem coalition ends

    Alfsplace 1986 stands for Tories in Surrey election

    A Lisvane resident wins the highest ever Euro Lottery prize of €300million



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    Comment number 41.

    39
    I have never actively campaigned to kill off anything, never mind a language, and still do not. I merely try to defend my rights against language racists like yourself.
    Your brand of facism is just not appealing to me.

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    Comment number 40.

    #36 Welsh will have equality with English when you can publish a scientific paper in Welsh and attain a respectable citation index. [That is, people can and do read it, and use the data in their own work].
    Till then you are Maenclochog FC demanding equality of esteem with Barcelona at FIFA.

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    Comment number 39.

    34: If poster Celticace actively campaigns to kill off a language whilst quoting his hostility to be described by his ethnic origin the tag mentioned is just even though his ignorance of the fact that the description British was exclusively used to describe solely the native Cymro people ( the Welsh) by the Romans and no others as the English didn't exist and the Irish Scoti were still in Ulster.

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    Comment number 38.

    #32 'Where is the evidence that Welsh is being forced upon you ?'
    CylG spokeswoman 'We would have liked to see, for example, far stronger operational and promotion standards'
    If promotion in say the NHS depends, say for an anaesthetist, not on how well she looks after her patients but how fluent is her Welsh, she is being forced into learning Welsh. Effectively, fined if she doesn't.

 

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