Monday, December 12, 2005
Nanny's Cunning Linguistics
As we all know, Nanny is very concerned about the level of crime in Britain these days.
She states, on a daily basis, that crime is unacceptable and that she will do everything in her power to eradicate it.
ASBO's abound, and we now have more CCTV cameras than any other country in the world. Nanny also claims that she wants the police to be more efficient and effective at fighting crime.
One measure that she is adopting, to improve the effectiveness of the police, is to set a requirement for all new recruits to North Wales Police to reach a set standard in the Welsh language as part of their training.
A from 2006, the force has added a level two qualification in spoken Welsh to the skills required of new officers.
The level two qualification is a stage below GCSE standard Welsh.
Chief Inspector Ray Hughes said it was important to serve the communities of north Wales in both English and Welsh.
"It goes back to the Welsh Language Act of 1993 which created two official languages in Wales, namely Welsh and English, and gave them equal status.
We have a Welsh language scheme and a strategy which states that we will give both languages equal status and we are aiming to become a bilingual organisation.
This is to ensure that we are able to provide a service
in the language of choice for those people living in the communities of north Wales."
"We are serious about this, we are not playing with it.
We think it's important that we are able to serve our communities in the language of their choice."
The Welsh Language Board said it supported the North Wales Police initiative.
What a load of bollocks!
The time and money wasted on this would be better spent on crime prevention.
Reality check here, everyone in Wales can speak and understand English; whether they like it or not, they will have to continue to learn and understand English if they are to interact with the rest of the world.
This "initiative" is a waste of time and money.