Tuesday, 19 February 2008

"Welsh Not"

...de icWales:

Of course there was not, but three English, non- Welsh-speaking Anglican clergy commissioners acted like “language police”. Their “Commission of Enquiry into State Education in Wales” was published in 1847. The report was at once named “Brad y Llyfrau Gleision – the Treason of the Blue Books” because of its distortion of facts and its obvious bias against the Welsh language and towards anglicisation.

The Welsh language and culture were utterly damned and blamed for low moral standards, a high criminal rate and a manifold barrier to moral progress and commercial prosperity. It was the most notorious and libellous government report ever published in Wales. During this period the “Welsh Not” was prevalent in schools as a deterrent to the use of Welsh.

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