St David Awards: Welsh honours system announced

 
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A Welsh honours system recognising "ordinary people who do extraordinary things" has been announced during a debate in the Senedd.

The first recipients could be presented with the St David Awards next year, but it is unclear how much it will cost to introduce or what shape it will take.

The debate also looked at the possibility of making St David's Day a bank holiday.

The Conservatives said the award needed to be independent of government.

Meanwhile, the TaxPayers' Alliance questioned the introduction of a new honour at a time when public bodies were making cuts.

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I have often felt humbled by the extraordinary stories of individuals who work tirelessly, without publicity or self-interest, for the benefit of others and who genuinely make Wales a better place”

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Welsh people from all walks of life are already recognised along with others throughout the UK and Commonwealth in the annual New Year and Queen's Birthday Honours lists.

First Minister Carwyn Jones announced the new award in the Senedd after a Welsh Conservative motion called for a new Welsh honours system and for St David's Day to be made a bank holiday.

The Conservatives, Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Liberal Democrats made a commitment to a bank holiday on 1 March in their 2011 election manifestos, while the Conservatives have proposed a Welsh "Order of St David's" for some years.

Outlining the Welsh government's proposals to launch a new awards system, Mr Jones said: "I have often felt humbled by the extraordinary stories of individuals who work tirelessly, without publicity or self-interest, for the benefit of others and who genuinely make Wales a better place.

"I can today announce that from 2014 I will be launching the St David Awards. These awards will present opportunity for nominations from a broad range of walks of life to be recognised.

"Work is currently being carried out by my officials to identify the appropriate sectors for recognition and the deliberation process for making the awards.

"A starting point will be ordinary people who do extraordinary things."

'Powerful contribution'

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A system which reflects and demonstrates honour bestowed by the Welsh nation needs to be independent of government”

End Quote Suzy Davies Conservative shadow heritage minister

He said the award would recognise people who did more than they needed to, and those who made a difference to the quality of life in Wales.

"I want to see a strong business component in the awards - the private sector is the lifeblood of our economy and I want to see that dimension properly recognised," he added.

"I would also like to see recognition for individuals who contribute to raising Wales' profile in the world - this, too, makes a powerful contribution to both our social and economic well-being."

Conservative Suzy Davies, the shadow heritage minister, said the St David Awards were in danger of being seen as government awards and they needed to be independent.

"A system which reflects and demonstrates honour bestowed by the Welsh nation needs to be independent of government and consensus around this is clearly emerging," she said.

Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said it was good to recognise achievement, but the cost of new awards and of the committees put together to select recipients, must be kept to a minimum.

"Public bodies are making necessary spending cuts, so many taxpayers will question the timing of announcing new initiatives that could cost even more money when savings have to be made," he added.

 

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    Comment number 90.

    @89 Plumstone

    I think OFT is on about this myth that we Welsh people instantly switch from English to Welsh as soon as an English person walks in. I know many English people who believe this nonsense.

    Does it not occur to these guys that we actually speak Welsh all the time when we're with other Welsh people?

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    Comment number 89.

    88.Old Father Thames

    I think you've been visiting the wrong places! I am Welsh and have never had a hatred of any other nation - I am not a xenophobe! I also don't know anyone Welsh person who has. My husband regularly befriends groups of Englishmen in pubs who've come down to watch the rugby etc. Don't tar us all with the same brush either!

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    Comment number 88.

    Welsh people: Don't hate the English, hate the government.

    When we visit your country, If we walk into a pub to spend our money, embrace us, welcome us, lets swop some stories and have a laugh together.

    Don't look at us as though we are disease ridden predators who are bent on destroying your community, most of us are harmless, honestly!

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    Comment number 87.

    18.Aduphanel
    "Personally from experience , I find the welsh arrogant and rude and i would not be disapponted if the french owned bridges across the severn disappeared."

    A rather sweeping generalisation! Now if I were to form an opinion of English people from my perception of you.........

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    Comment number 85.

    81. stuart downie
    How much further this independence business going to go.
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    I think there's a fair few English feeling marginalised by Westminster right now.... maybe that's where the problem is

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    Comment number 84.

    An award, more glory for some ones friends the councillor! That's all this is. Another pointless waste . Create jobs, not gongs! Get the people what they want - work, not pressies for the AMs. Or better still get out!

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    Comment number 83.

    There are already too many pointless awards for people who are only doing their jobs.How much is this going to cost?Time to cut gongs and awards and spend on services to the general public.

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    Comment number 82.

    @81

    Well - apart from the Scots and the Welsh - and with the possible exception of the Cornish - I've not really heard very many claims of nationhood from those you mention.

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    Comment number 81.

    How much further this independence business going to go. Before England became England there were kings all over the place ruling various bit of the country so, presumably, they were separate kingdoms. How about Independence for Mercia, Wessex or Northumbria etc? Oh, and introduce medieval English as a core subject in English schools, very few would understand it, but so what, it would be English.

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    Comment number 80.

    Various on Origins of the Celts.
    The Celts are an ethno-Linguistic Group of Tribes speaking various Celtic Languages. Archaeological evidence points to them being identifiable in Austria around the sixth Century BC then migrating across Europe.
    At times they dominated Europe and were Romes main opponent for several Centuries.
    They were mostly displaced by various Germanic groups.

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    Comment number 78.

    The majority of BBC HYS topics relate to England only but on the few occasions it is about Scotland, Wales or (even rarer) NI the whole thing gets hijacked by English with huge chips on their shoulders making nasty comments. What is wrong with you people?

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    Comment number 77.

    I am Welsh and proud, but don't see anything wrong with the English having their own public holiday, and why God Save the Queen is the English anthem baffles me, when it's also the British anthem. This is not a Wales v England debate, but I wish that some people would get their facts right before commenting. FYI the Severn bridge is owned by a consortium that includes British businesses!!!

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    Comment number 76.

    74.Justin
    You may have chose to lose your English identity

    I have not !

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    Comment number 75.

    No objection in principle, however years ago we didn't need 'awards' and 'recognition' to feel that we were part of something, and that we belonged to something that was 'ours'.

    All we needed was a single national identity, and to be governed by reasonably honest politicians who had a reasonably sensible approach to public finances.

    Why are these awards needed now? Because all that's gone..

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    Comment number 74.

    I am English and hold no contempt for any of the Isle nations. Good luck to Wales it's a sensible and fitting thing to do and it gives the Welsh populace a holiday to boot and rightly so! I just wish our masters in Westminster would consider such things for the English, but it seems we are the lost tribe who have lost their culture and identity!

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    Comment number 72.

    Take note Westminster! Give the English a break and recognition too!

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