Plaid Cymru AM rejects hypocrisy of Welsh Labour


Plaid Cymru AM for Mid and West Wales Simon Thomas has attacked Welsh Labour for their hypocrisy and divisive politics in Carmarthenshire. This follows the Plaid-led Carmarthenshire Council’s decision to move ahead with plans to change Llangennech School to a welsh medium school.

Simon Thomas AM raised the issue with the First Minister on the floor of the Senedd Chamber as they discussed the future of S4C and the welsh language in Carmarthenshire.

Plaid Cymru Mid and West AM Simon Thomas added:

“I’m surprised the First Minister devalues the process to strengthen the provision for Welsh medium education in Carmarthenshire with the decision to move ahead following consultation for changes at Llangennech. The First Minister is showing a complete lack of leadership when it comes to this issue and passing the buck for decision making to the council. It is the Labour Government’s target in Wales to reach the number of Welsh speakers to one million by 2050. The council is implementing this decision to reach that goal.

“The majority of the Labour group in Carmarthenshire is flip flopping over the issue of increasing the number of opportunities for Welsh medium places in our schools. It is only three years ago when the Labour led council backed a language strategy to work with staff and governors to move schools from two streams to Welsh medium schools.

"Labour in Carmarthenshire are bitterly split with some Labour councillors continuing to back their previous strategy and supporting the changes in Llangennech in the council chamber. It saddens me that Labour is creating a division in a community for purely political gain, and now UKIP are climbing on the bandwagon.

“The people of Carmarthenshire can reject this politics of division in May and I hope that they register to vote and come out to send a clear message we want a new style of politics. Educational standards in both languages are paramount moving forward. Where we are in power educational standards have risen consistently and after May if re-elected we will ensure we provide every child with high quality education.”



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  • WKDwax
    commented 2017-02-12 12:28:29 +0000
    Plaid Cymru at its best. This is not the party of Wales it is the party of extremists and bigots who have one wish and one wish only and that is to ruin our beautiful country by enforcing a minority language on a majority of people who do not speak it. Our education system in Wales is on the bones of its arse at the moment and by forcing children to be immersed in a language not spoken at home is both cruel and misguided. Keep your language, save your language, but not at the cost of our childrens well being and education. You call us bigots for not wanting to have our children educated through the medium of Welsh, well I’m sorry but you sir are the biggest bigot of all, you and your party. I hope and pray that the elections in May will see your party well and truly booted out of Carmarthenshire, you have done so much damage to our county already, let’s just hope it isn’t all irrepairable.

    Our village has spoken, we do not want our local school to be Welsh Medium. We want it to remain as it has for the last 60 years dual stream, catering for the needs of all our children, Our school is green band which shows it is working, put your sights on the many many schools that are not green band in this county. Stop the political agenda of Welsh language enforcement and do your job and sort out the problem areas. Our school is not broken so stop trying to fix it.
  • Gary Jones
    commented 2017-02-10 07:00:53 +0000
    We are still waiting for many answers from the executive board that has been promised in previous meetings, perhaps you could ask them to provide them?
  • Gary Jones
    commented 2017-02-10 06:59:08 +0000
    Its not a bandwagon, people in the village have genuine concerns, over 750, signed a proforma in a small village, come and listen to the concerns of the protest group.
  • Rosemary Emery
    commented 2017-02-09 18:52:32 +0000
    What is deplorable is that you as a Plaid Cymru representative have not sought to meet with this group which is considerable in number and have genuine concerns about their childrens’ education. They are not anti Welsh Language as portrayed by Plaid Cymru during this they support dual stream education. I would hardly call a 20 against to 2 for a split. Most of them are really concerned that the wishes of a considerable number of parents have just been ignored and the way the whole issue has been handled. Plaid Cymru could have at least listened and been more conciliatory as opposed to the antagonistic stance taken by some.

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