mike brown wrote:
> [Jaquelyn wrote:]
> >Ok, the English are to blame for not promoting Celtic culture. Yes, well.
> >Ah, maybe I missed this in class. Exactly what steps and measures are the
> >Welsh taking to promote, say, Asian culture? Arab culture? African culture?
> Sorry Jaquelyn, but that's not really the point. I hope I can explain this
> with out upsetting anybody. What has happened in Wales, is that the Welsh
> language and culture has suffered considerably, whilst the English language
> and culture have been promoted ostensibly under the title of being
> 'British'. A good example of this would be to read a 'British' or 'National'
> newspaper. A story on say sport or politics will focus on the English
> position first, followed by a smaller version on the position in Wales or
> Scotland (if at all). This attitude is followed in the media in general, in
> politics, in education and particularly with anything to do with a language
> outside of 'English'.
> Now the predictable response to that assertion is to argue that there are
> more people in Britain from England and so this is fair enough. But it's
> done under the pretext of being 'British', not English. If so, then there
> should be equality and parity whether you're English, Welsh or Scottish. To
> constantly see your Country's news, history, politics, language (in short
> 'culture') being relegated to the backpages of 'British' interests is to
> realise that 'Britain' is nothing more than a smokescreen for English
> interests. I hope this better explains the position on the promotion of
> English culture as the dominant culture in 'Britain'. It explains such
> things as why in British geography English counties are referred to as the
> 'Home counties' etc.
> Hwyl nawr -- Mike.
This is interesting ... I had noticed the similarity between the situation in
the UK and in Canada before. The french language in Quebec was getting the very
same treatment for close to one hundred years. The primary difference, is that
in Quebec, the francophones were the minority. Nonetheless, they were
discriminated against in all sorts of ways (economic, educational, social etc.)
until the Quiet Revolution of the 70s. Now, the francophone culture is alive,
healthy and dominant. Just a thought -- many struggles are more alike than they
seem. But the message is this -- only those interested in Celtic culture can
keep it alive.