Sunday, 27 November 2011

Welsh in Parliament

Was just representing Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel in a cross-party panel discussion at an event (http://www.thebigtentforisrael.org/the-conference/4555431609) in Manchester called Big Tent for Israel. Guto Bebb, Conservative MP for Aberconwy, said something extraordinary. He said that, while Israel's Arab MPs quite rightly can stand up in Parliament and speak in Arabic (which is one of Israel's official languages), Welsh MPs can't address the British Parliament in Welsh! With Welsh being an officially recognised minority language of the United Kingdom, it's forbidden to speak Welsh in Parliament and that's outrageous. This is up there with not carrying an official ID card. As a liberal, I demand the right to be elected an MP (or be granted a dukedom) and to address Parliament in Lowland Scots.

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