Two stories this week show that Wales is a second class part of the Union.
Firstly we here Santander refused to process Cymdeithas yr Iaith’s membership forms after they were handed in at the branch in Aberystwyth.
“Please return these documents to your account holder. Unfortunately Santander can only accept these documents written in English.”
“This is another example of a private company refusing to provide a Welsh language service because they’re not required to do so, and that’s completely unacceptable.“We must have a language law which ensures that banks have to respect basic rights to use the Welsh language.“Unfortunately, the Welsh Government’s plans for new legislation make it less likely that banks will have to comply.“The vast majority of people have to bank, but there is no means of banking online in Welsh, and we have to fight for other basic services in Welsh.”
“Santander accepts documentation that we receive in Welsh, in line with our Welsh Language Policy.“We understand our customers who live in Wales may have various documentation and forms that will be written in Welsh.So that's alright then except that this should never happen and its high time the Welsh Assembly should act on this.
“If our policy has not been followed then we apologise for any unintentional upset this matter may have caused.
“The matter will be reviewed to ensure this does not happen again.
“We are consulting with the Welsh Language Commission and will remind relevant colleagues of our policy to ensure that we continue supporting our Welsh communities in the best possible way.”
In a recent white paper, Alun Davies, Welsh Government minister for the Welsh language refused to commit to extending Welsh language rights to the banking sector because of the “present economic uncertainty”.
Well maybe he should reconsider
But it's not only Cymraeg that is being treated as second class but out accademic qualifications as well.
The BBC reports that
"There should be no discrimination between GCSEs from England and the devolved nations - especially in our Armed Forces which recruit heavily from Wales and Scotland,"
"It was on these grounds that [the applicant] was required to undertake the functional skills literacy [assessment] during the pre-recruit training course."
"Following a recent Ministerial enquiry, the RAF is seeking guidance to confirm if the WJEC GCSE English Language (Wales) qualification is acceptable for apprenticeships."Its almost as if the RAF look at Welsh recruits as if they were part of a colonial contingent, maybe even only suitable for the lower ranks to be led by English educated officers?
How long has the RAF being treated Welsh and other Non-English applicants applicants this way?