Whatever happened to the St David's Day bank holiday?

 

Nick Clegg hopes his apology for that pledge on university tuition fees will help ensure the Liberal Democrats' work in government is not overshadowed by the breakdown in trust over broken promises.

It has certainly got him noticed, something which used to be a problem for the Liberal Democrats. He finds himself trending on twitter, along with a cheeky remix of the party political broadcast.

Although Mr Clegg has previously said that Liberal Democrats have nothing to apologise for, last year he did tell the leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats: "I know I haven't always made your life easy, Kirsty, sorry about that."

In the same speech, Mr Clegg highlighted the possibility of St David's Day becoming a bank holiday in Wales.

The idea was launched in a UK government tourism strategy, which promised to consult the Welsh assembly on whether it should have the power to move the spring bank holiday from early May to March 1.

It was potentially good news for those parties which have campaigned for a St David's Day holiday, although David Jones, since promoted to David Cameron's cabinet, told MPs that it could have cross-border implications: "For that reason it is a matter that properly resides with this parliament".

So, eighteen months on, what's occurin'? Not much, by the look of it. The idea appears to have been quietly dropped.

I contacted the department for culture, media and sport to find out the latest state of play and was directed to a blog written some months ago by its former tourism minister.

John Penrose, for it was he, said: "We tested the water in a pretty general way, making it crystal clear that if there was no particular consensus - or a general feeling that the status quo was just fine, thank you very much - then that was what we'd go for."

Mr Penrose summed up the results of the "pre-consultation" like this:

"So no consensus. And - roll-of-drums - no change of bank holiday dates. And is this a victory for Merrie Englande lobbyists and a set-back for hoteliers; or is it a triumph for lawn-mower sellers and a defeat for punch-and-judy men? None of the above, really. More a case of doing what we said we'd do. Will there be headlines along the lines of MINISTER IN 'DOING WHAT PUBLIC WANT' SHOCKER? I rather doubt it."

Indeed, there were very few headlines at all. Mr Penrose was sacked in the reshuffle earlier this month but according to the DCMS when it comes to bank holidays the status quo remains.

Will Nick Clegg use his party conference to update voters on the policy or could there be another "sorry" on the way?

 
David Cornock, Parliamentary correspondent, Wales Article written by David Cornock David Cornock Parliamentary correspondent, Wales

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    Comment number 82.

    81: Firstly you made assertions regarding my decent, I gave you evidence in my results which I might add you too can pay to have it done and you never know you might be descended from someone famous, Lord Haw Haw perhaps? Don't worry about you not being a true Englishman I was only be being mischievous and you fell for it but you wouldn’t have bestowed with such fortune to be a native Welshman.

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    Comment number 81.

    #80 'not even true Englishman'
    Amazing how you argue over matters on which your ignorance is totally profound.
    For what it's worth my 64 quarterings are recorded as born in England, with all ascertained parents also born in England. There is an Evans born in Shropshire, so possibly some taint in the C18th.
    I gave up your childishness in the Home Rule for Canvey Island Campaign of 1958.

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    Comment number 80.

    78: You don't listen do you? We're all human but some have deeper roots in land than others but your answer makes it worst.You’re aware of your Antecedence and not even true Englishman even though you quoted that you were but attack the very same people who you are aligned to is akin to hating your own colour of skin or family in favour of another. May I call you Boxer the Boyo from now on?

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    Comment number 79.

    77: In the doldrums, Circular voyage of wind assisted Separatists? This from a Brit/English nationalist who wants to leave the nasty European Union to rule ourselves little England agenda, who pilots the space ship SS insular en route to the far & murky reaches of Uranus. Us backwards? It's more like your gaggle of Anti matter political space bandits who are the nationally static not us!

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    Comment number 78.

    #76 '. Myself DNA tested with Y- Chrom of Neolithic Brit with R1b-L371'
    That's nice. Let's be kind and take neolithic as prior to 0 CE, and a span of 2000 years; with 4 generations per century. So you have 2 to the 80th ancestors i.e. ~10 to the 24th a million million million million. And one of these was probably British. Congratulations. It's not exactly racial purity, is it ??

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    Comment number 77.

    ... with the emphasis on the past is it any wonder Wales is in the doldrums, held in a circular voyage by a wind generated by the separatist agenda, going nowhere .......

    .......... although I understand the Labour Party in Wales are readying themselves for a great leap forward in 2015, 7 May 2015 to be precise. Talk on the street is the nationalists have become so fragmented as to be smoke ...

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    Comment number 76.

    74 :Your quote: Alban would still be more English than St George. Hardly? England & English didn't exist in 304AD & Saxons weren't Christian until St' Augustine's visit.

    73: Sorry to reign on your tirade but as earths children we all come from the same orchard of humanity, some have fallen longer & come from older trees. Myself DNA tested with Y- Chrom of Neolithic Brit with R1b-L371.

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    Comment number 75.

    #72 When you say 'It's a privilege having such unbroken ancient history' some people might think if unbroken, it certainly got very bent, especially Henry VIIIth 1535 and 1542; after which all laws came out of Westminster. Then loss of patronymic system of names; relegation of druids from theocracy to old men in funny garish nighties, 90% of population with English as first language....

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    Comment number 74.

    #71 Bit of a stand-off. I am now convinced that St Alban, and anyone else before ~900 A.D. was insufficiently English to be the Patron Saint.
    Still, a lot more English than St George.

    Guess I have to back St Alfrege. Problem there is, no-one outside Greenwich & Woolwich has heard of him.

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    Comment number 73.

    #72 Hi Mab, I just don't know where to start. Are you saying that your culture has continued for 2000yrs and people still worship the old gods ??
    I don't know any English persons - apart from immigrants from afar - who deny theGerman (+Danish +Dutch) origins of Saxon ancestors. Or, in the North East, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish).
    Do you deny the huge odds of you having Engish(German) ancestors

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    Comment number 72.

    64: Unlike our neighbours who deny their German antecedence we embrace our native heritage. Post Roman Invasion all tribes spoke Bryhoneg (Old Welsh) had same afterlife Annw, same culture, followed same Welsh Gods such as BelIi Mawr, Brân, Dôn, Amaethon, Rhiannon, Gofannon, Gwydion,Lleu,Manawydan,Mabon,Modron,Nudd,Eufydd,Taran. It's a privilege having such unbroken ancient history isn't it!

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    Comment number 71.

    64: You quoted: Saint Alban: Mab could possibly claim him as a Celt and protoCymraeg.

    Answer: St Alban or Albion Was a Briton born in the territory of the Catuvellauni tribe (Verulaminum) spoke Brythoneg (Old Welsh) & Latin, was murdered by the Romans along with fellow native born Christian martyrs Aaron & Julius in AD 304 in Caerleon and documented by Constantius of Lyon & Gildas.

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    Comment number 70.

    ... for further details of the Ig Nobel prizes see ...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19667664

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    Comment number 69.

    ... I see the Ig Nobel prize for literature was awarded to ...

    ...the US Government General Accountability Office for issuing a report about reports about reports that recommends the preparation of a report about the report about reports about reports.

    ... might we submit our WAG next year, a new prize might be awarded for "turpitude", regarding the last decade of education in Wales !

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    Comment number 68.

    Jac had better be very, very sure of his 64 quarterings before calling for the expulsion of all those not of pure Celtic descent.
    The fantastic increase in the population of the South Wales valleys wasn't all due to inflow from unemployed Welsh-speaking shepherds.

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    Comment number 67.

    ... if you consider fascism in the 20th century the carrot offered by the far right was "a better and insular" world, better because social elements were removed.

    "Jac o' the North" writes of the removal of groups of internal migrants from Wales because they are both a burden and have a dilution effect upon local society.

    In fascist Europe it was the removal of "gay", "gypsy", and "communist"..

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    Comment number 66.

    JT
    Well its really will be a sad day for Wales if we cannot arrest this social and political rot. I have determined however not to react as much in the future but let the lunatic fringe continue with their rants and well, given enough rope....... I am sad though because although not all fascist elements are identifiable I feel the missing elements are being fashioned, and a minority has an agenda.

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    Comment number 65.

    ... Crossroads, Celtic, a splinter group has separated from the separatist agenda in Wales, and it seems to be orientated well towards the right.

    The driving force uses the nom de guerre "Jac o' the North", an odd but nasty character if his writing is anything to go by, with a hatred of all things east of Offa's Dyke, particularly those who have migrated westwards.

    A strange world we live in.

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    Comment number 64.

    #59 Not for the first time; we wonder if you bother to read other's posts before galloping off into a rant. Your #59 follows my #54 which was looking for a suitable saintly Englishman to be the Patron Saint of England.
    Why any of these suggested Saints & Martyrs makes me a ''Welsh History Denier'' I couldn't say.

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    Comment number 63.

    Fascists ... its individuals are united together as one people through national identity.The unity of the nation is to be based upon suprapersonal connections of ancestry and culture Fascism seeks to eradicate perceived foreign influences that are deemed to be causing degeneration of the nation or of not fitting into the national culture.......Hyperbole?

 

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