Ever start something you wish you hadn't? Pt. 4 coming up (the problem is a
size thing - something I've heard before in a completely different context!!)
>One need not be Welsh to understand what it is to be a
>minority in a country.
Absolutely. My point however, was to distinguish between the English
cultural 'perspective' and the Welsh.
>> I will try
>> to give you a brief, albeit generalised example:
>> An Englishperson's (an American's mind-set would be reasonably
><snipped a lot>
>And so what? What does this say about cultural issues? This is a lot
>more about inferiority complexes than about cultural values and - even
>more - possibilities to live your culture as you want it to.
It has every thing to do with cultural issues when English law prohibts the
native language of Wales to be spoken in circumstances where English is
allowed (ie the courts, places of public administration etc.). How is it
possible to "live your culture" when such prohibitions exist in your own
>this is not about culture, this is about minority politics - and this is
>a completely different matter. Yes, I agree, Celtic Culture should be
>propagated as much as possible, as any minority culture, but not
>exclusivly at the expense of the mayority.
Again, I believe politics and culture cannot be separated. Also, when would
Welsh culture be propagated at the expense of English culture? Any
>It is not inherently good to
>be a member of a minority and not inherently bad to be a member of a
>mayority. This is no question of the mindset of either mayority or
>minority, this is a question of how people with differing opinions can
>coexist. Neither side should do this at the expense of the other, this
>is the point, and solutions that are acceptable to both sides have to be
I'm all for co-existence, and presumably so were my ancestors- not sure
about the ancestors of the English though. However, keeping to the modern
day, the only solution is Welsh independence. Not just my opinion, but the
opinion of significance in Wales today.
>Again, you expect all others to understand your position but do not in
>the slightest care to understand anybody elses position.
Depends on their position Ray. I'll take each argument as it comes. Don't
believe in dogma, and never will.
>Not a good start to find a solution that both sides can live with.
A solution (independence) has been proposed - more to the point, can the
English live with it?