There are so many things happening right now, that it’s difficult to know where to start!
So I’ll start with the latest, and work back.
Facebook is a great networking tool, and thanks to a friend on facebook I came across an article by Rod Liddle, some-time journalist some-time trouble-maker, ‘discussing’ Osborne’s announcement that S4C was to be taken under the wing of Aunty (more of which in another post).
In it he attackes S4C as pointless and says it should be binned. He obviously hasn’t carried out any research into the history of the channel, it’s many successes, and its vital importance to the arts and the economy in Wales. Again I’ll discuss the S4C in greater depth in another post.
But of even greater concern is his racist attack on the people of Wales. The term racism has lost some of its meaning over the years, having been overused on occassions when race has nothing whatsoever to do with the subject in hand, the use of the Welsh language being a case in point. But while Liddle is obviously a xenophobe, a chauvinist, and a biggot, the bile produced by Liddle in this article is racism.
“What an epic waste of money just to assuage the sensibilities of some of those miserable, seaweed munching, sheep-bothering pinch-faced hill tribes who are perpetually bitter about having England as a next door neighbour. S4C has become a state funded sinecure for the utterly talentless, the dregs who cannot even get a job at HTV (Cymru);”
Finishing with “Bin it, Johnny Bach. Bin it.”
He’s talking about me, my family, my friends, and some if not most of you reading this article. He’s talking about every Welsh person, using the most negative stereotypes, and inciting racial hatred.
He might argue that he’s just referring to ‘language fanatics’ as he might call us who support the channel and watch it, therefore it isn’t racism as it doesn’t refer to a determining trait of the Welsh. But to call us all talentless and dregs suggests that it is his belief that these are Welsh traits, and is therefore out and out racism. After all people of all backgrounds, religions, and languages appear on S4C. He can’t claim defence that he wasn’t to know – do your research. Ignorance is no defence.
I know and understand that he is a spitefull character, and that he’s just looking for publicity. I also appreciate that by writing about hime, reacting to him, and anything else will only fuel his narcissistic behaviour. But it’s gone on too long now. I’m entirely fed-up with constanct snide remarks about us and what it’s like to be Welsh. Enough is enough.
I have therefore reported him to North Wales Police. A copper is coming over before long to take a statement. We’ll see what comes of it.