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Carwyn Jones wields his knife on Scotland. But he does not represent the views of Welsh people

Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones writing in the Scottish Daily Record has said he would veto the idea of currency union if Scottish voters vote for independence! Of course you would expect Jones to try and do the dirty work for his UK masters. I’m sure the Westminster (UK) government will give him a nice little pat on the head for his simpering loyalty. But actually playing the strutting little Napoleon in Scotland all seems to have gone to Carwyn Jones head. As made clear by Scottish National Party Treasury spokesman Stewart Hosie: 

Political leaders in Wales unite to adopt Welsh internet domain brands

As reported on WalesOnline all four main political parties in Wales have pledged to adopt Welsh internet domain brands. Plaid Cymru, Welsh Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats will switch their web domains to .cymru.wales when they become available later this year. 

Vote Yes to independence Scotland – a message with love from Wales

At the moment there is a barrage of publicity given by the London based media to any celebrity who happens to oppose Scottish independence. However, the message to Scotland from many people in other parts of the United Kingdom and beyond is Vote Yes Scotland. As reported in the Daily Wales Gwynedd Council has voted to support the campaign for Scottish independence. Gwynedd is an area in north-west Wales.

Dal Ati (Go for it). S4C launches new programmes in Welsh for learners

S4C (Sianel Pedwar Cymru) is a Welsh language public-service television broadcaster in Wales. It is aimed at a specifically Welsh speaking audience. At the Welsh National Eisteddfod, which is taking place this week, it has announced new programmes aimed at learners of the Welsh language and those seeking to improve their language skills. The title of the programmes will be Dal Ati (Go for it) and will start being broadcast from September 28.

Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg campaigners call for continued action in support of the Welsh language

Two members of Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (Welsh Language Society) were both fined £90 at Aberystwyth Magistrates Court on Friday 1 August. Robin Farrar and Bethan Williams, chair and former chair of the movement were involved in the painting of slogans, including “Addysg Gymraeg i Bawb” (Welsh-medium education for all) at the offices of the Government of Wales in Aberystwyth in May this year. They made it clear that they would not pay the fine and that further non-violent actions would continue.

Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru. Sir Gâr, 1 - 9 Awst 2014 - (National Eisteddfod of Wales. Carmarthenshire 1 – 9 August 2014)

Yr Eiesteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru yw gŵyl flaenaf Cymru ac fe’i  chynhelir yn flynyddon yn ystod wythnos gyntaf mis Awst (The National Eisteddfod is Wales’ leading festival  held annually during the first week of August).

Welsh Poet Gerallt Lloyd Owen’s Legacy in Support of Scottish Independence

As reported in the Welsh newspaper the Daily Post, money donated in memory of the acclaimed Caernarfon poet Gerallt Lloyd Owen will go towards the campaign for Scottish independence.  Gerallt Lloyd Owen, from Llandwrog, Caernarfon, died on July 15 at the age of 69.

Mae tanseilio'r Celtiaid yn Gynnyrch Gwladychiaeth (Undermining the Celts is a Product of Colonialism)

Mae agwedd y Llywodraeth Brydeinig tuag at annibyniaeth Yr Alban yn dystiolaeth fod yr agweddau trefedigaethol yn parhau tuag at y Celtiaid (The UK Government's Attitude on Scottish independence demonstrates the colonial attitudes that still prevail towards the Celtic peoples).

Protest Camp In Support of Welsh Language

As reported in Wales On-line Welsh language protesters have set up an Occupy camp outside of the Senedd, the offices of the National Assembly for Wales. The action being undertaken by Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg is part of a series of protests in support of government action to support the Welsh language. Robin Farrar, Chair of Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg, said: “I’m delighted to be here today – we want to live in Welsh and to see action to deliver that vision.

Report Raises Concerns about Healthcare Services to Welsh Speakers

A report from Welsh Language Commissioner Meri Huws has pointed out concerns raised by Welsh speaking patients about healthcare services provided in their own language.  The report said that 90% agreed that Welsh speakers should have the right to express themselves in Welsh when dealing with health services wherever they live in Wales. This is after a wide disparity was found in different parts of the country when patients sought to access care in their own language. The report found that just 28% of Welsh speakers’ previous experiences with primary care were through the medium of Welsh.

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