Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

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THE campaign to force the Welsh language upon the five out of six Welsh people who do not speak it goes on apace. The DVLA and the Driving Standards Agency have both announced that in future they wish to conduct their activities equally in Welsh and English. All documents will be produced bilingually, a team of Welshspeaking driving-test examiners will be on hand, and the written theory examination will also be produced in Welsh.

An interesting job-creation scheme is at work here. If Wales's genuine Welshspeakers (those brought up in Welshspeaking homes, as opposed to those officially counted as Welsh-speakers because they are obliged to attend Welsh classes at school) have trouble understanding the rules of the road, it is probably because of the activities of the Welsh Academy, the official body which dreams up Welsh equivalents for modem words. …

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