O wow the new "prince of Wales" has decided to visit on Owain Glyndwr day (the day we celebrate and remember the last Welsh prince of Wales. He also led the sadly unsuccessful fight for our independence from the English)
They're not even being subtle about the fact they want to subjugate our people and erase our culture and history - if they really cared about us they'd relinquish the title and leave us the fuck alone
If you wanna know more then look up
King Henry VIII's Laws in Wales Act, abolishing our legal system and banning our language
All the anti-Welsh propaganda pushed particularly in the 17th century when there was a revival of our language (seriously look up Wallography it's really fucked up)
The English and Scots in the Industrial Revolution building their heavy industry pretty much exclusively in South Wales and channelling all the money from our work into England and large southern Scottish cities
The Welsh Not (an actual attempt to beat children so our language would die and we'd stop fighting against the English)
The focus of the English on the beauty and natural resources of Wales while degrading the people
The fact that until 1881 the Welsh weren't represented in politics (up until that point any politicians from Wales had to speak English and almost all of them were just English
The fact that in 1905!!! Prime minister H. H. Asquith literally said "I would sooner go to hell than to Wales"
Liverpool's creation of the Llyn Celyn reservoir in Wales without Welsh permission - to do this, they full on flooded a village which was a stronghold of Welsh culture and one of the last Welsh language only communities, Capel Celyn, and to make matters worse 35/36 Welsh MPs voted against the flooding and it still happened - This was in the 1960s
Also Liverpool didn't apologise for this blatant disregard of our rights and the forced eviction of an entire village until 2005
The Welsh language wasn't given equal footing to English until 1993 and even now English is compulsory in schools at GCSE level and Welsh isn't
The continued disdain shown by English cultural icons to the Welsh people and culture (seriously look up what Jeremy Clarkson has said about the Welsh before, particularly about abolishing the Welsh language)
How the English are killing our villages and towns by buying up our homes for "holiday homes" (really shouldn't be allowed at all but that's a different point) - this is killing business as these homes spend most of the year uninhabited (also it's not just a few, there's entire villages owned by the English which are now unlivable)
The mass strop the English media threw in 2019 when the Senedd was first allowed to refer to itself in Welsh officially, and as a parliament officially (instead of an Assembly)
Also the continued appropriation of our mythology (chiefly King Arthur but appropriation of Celtic history and mythology is a much wider issue perpetuated by a lot of people)
Staff shortages mean longer waiting lists. Yet despite repeated promises from the Welsh Government we still don't have a funded national workforce plan for health and social care – or, indeed, any idea of when it will be published. These delays are making a difficult situation worse: without up-to-date vacancy data we simply don't know the scale of the problems facing us. Anecdotally we know that health and care staff are overwhelmed and at risk of burnout and, what's worse, we're flying blind without the information we need to plan ahead.
Dr Olwen Williams, vice-president for Wales at the Royal College of Physicians
Welsh 20mph speed limits fail to reduce speeds as intended
A report from an independent transport data consultancy has found that roads in Wales that were reduced to 20mph speed limits have only seen a reduction in speed of just 2.3mph.
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£120m financial support for businesses in Wales impacted by Omicron
The Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething, has announced the details of the £120m funding which will be available for retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism business and their supply chains affected by the move to alert level 2, as announced by the First Minister on Wednesday 22 December.
Under the latest package, retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism business who pay Non Domestic Rates will be…
Omnicon -the new variant in political incompetence. Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021. 4.05pm.
Enter Mark Drayford, the Welsh First Minister, who is as dry as a nun's lady garden, and as beige a politician as you can get.
This is a man who I'm convinced is able to talk himself to sleep - have you not heard him? Slow and monosyllabic in delivery of every word he utters, this man would save the NHS an absolute fortune on sleeping pills if he was the prescription for insomnia. The type of person the Samaritans would employ to increase its call volume during slow periods, and which by all accounts could be any time soon the way things are going currently. It would seem that even Welsh journalists give Drayford the widest possible berth unless it's of absolute necessity to interview him because a fall in across-the board-audience/readership figures would be enough to send advertisers off for therapy.
The reason I say all this is due to the introduction of yet another piece of Omicon based, ludicrous legislation, whereby the people of Wales will be fined for going to work, but still able to freely socialise in a pub in order to prop up the ailing hospitality trade - or so it would seem to anyone with a modicum of logic. By the very simple process of evaluation, all pubs now have the green light to become offices while developers continue to build office blocks to the benefit of those who now work from home.
Are you with me so far? Okay, so this is all very well and good unless of course, you happen to work in a pub which you are now not allowed to go to because this would involve traveling to where you work. Is it just me who sees a slight problem here, I wonder?
I'm thinking that boiled down it's okay to work as long as you are socialising at the same time while enjoying alcohol-based beverages. By all means, correct me if I'm wholly mistaken, but isn't the Welsh First Minister just nicking an idea from the Conservative government that's recently been slammed for having get-togethers under the guise of work while Covid's prevalent? However, due to Welsh legislation, you can no longer travel to where you work in the pub trade, and therefore everyone has to stay at home and work (unless you are in the pub trade), which to all intents and purposes means massive lockdown via a back door and without actually declaring it as a lockdown.
To be honest, I think I'm just so lost with the mind-boggling mystery of all this I've actually started rambling, and worse still, talking to myself like I'm on the road to crazyness!
I freely admit to not being the brightest person in this world, but neither am I a complete dunce. It, therefore, concerns me that I am able to notice basic flaws in Welsh Assembly legislation while Mark Drayford seemingly doesn't. Yet he studied Latin at the University of Kent, and graduated from the University of Exeter - in what, Latin? Whereas I left school at sixteen with not a single qualification to my name.
I'm not one to deny the fact that where politics is concerned, the ability to speak and read Latin is a clear and rightful prerequisite, and no doubt a useful skill when communicating with Boris as it proves its value in all those years of study when you both speak the same language while on opposite sides of the political fence, doesn't it? Not even Jeremy could have managed this. By the way, where is Jeremy now? Operating his Islington allotment fruit and veg stall from the backbenches of the House of Commons, possibly. You know, a bit like a farmers market for MP's, with red cabbages red onions as the deal of the week. After all, he has to keep the momentum up somehow.
As it so happens Drakeford, who is regarded as very much to the left of the Labour party was the only sitting Cabinet member in any part of the UK to support Jeremy Corbyn in his bid for the national leadership of the Labour Party in 2015, while he was Minister for Health and Social Services, and irony of ironies, among so many other things within his somewhat glittering political career he guided the Human Transplantation Act through the Sennedd, which given the ludicrousness of this latest farce on Welsh workers makes me wonder whether his academic brain was transplanted with that of an idiot.
When discussing how the UK government has chosen to block the new trans rights laws in Scotland, lets not forget that they also essentially overwrote Wales’ rules around not being allowed to replace workers while they strike.
I’m all for outrage against the shitty English government, it’s well deserved. But this is not the first time they’ve decided to go against devolution and the rights of other members of the UK as their own, individual countries, and it will not be the fucking last.
You thought I had forgotten about finishing this piece?
WELL! You're right ^^;
I had to tweak a few people's colour palettes from what I usually use to make everyone fit, so that's what some of the slight shifts are about. Otherwise, most things are the same, there are a couple of characters you haven't met or seen a visual image of yet too, so don't mind those guys, you'll meet them soon enough ;)
This was for the colour wheel challenge everyone was doing back in August. I saw them flying around my art feeds, it looked fun, and I figured I had enough characters and colours to do my own for Lost Children.
Overall, I really like it & it was fun getting my pencils out again. Been a while since I've done any traditional art, I need to do more of it.
I have an UPDATE on the TESTOSTERONE situation which is that I do have to go to the Welsh gender clinic to get a new prescription but, thank fuck, they do video appointments, idk what I would have done if I had to truckle myself all the way down to Cardiff. Anyway it's in early November, by which time I will be extremely out of testosterone BUT it's also a much shorter wait than I expected and I have progestogen until then, which so far is keeping the period away, knock wood, and that is the biggest issue. I'm assuming this is not a full on New Patient Intake situation because the wait times for those are about 14 months for Cardiff, I think. So hopefully it will not take too much time to get my Prescription after the appointment?
I’m English and I feel like a lot of English people don’t really get is that it doesn’t matter how well Scotland or Wales would do economically if they left the UK. I’ve read a lot of arguments that they’d do fine, but honestly the crux of the argument for their independence is that they were violently and repeated conquered by England a severely repressed and they no longer want to be in the forced political union this resulted in. They want the right to self rule, and as England has wonderfully demonstrated, part of that right is the right to make an absolutely bloody mess of your country.
I also think that when people make that argument you can see what they are really worried about is what will happen to England if Scotland and Wales left
Thirty-three organisations across Wales have written a joint letter to First Minister Mark Drakeford calling on the Welsh Government to publish its "long-awaited" workforce plan for the NHS and social care. As the country braces itself for what is likely to be the most difficult winter in the history of the health service, the organisations claim they are "flying blind" due to a lack of reliable and up-to-date workforce data and no implementation plan for the recruitment and retention of NHS and social care staff. They claim the impact of staff shortages on patient care "cannot be underestimated" as waiting times reach record levels in Wales. Cancer lists and ambulance performance times are currently the worst on record and overall waiting list numbers passed 750,000 for the first time in October 2022.
Mark Smith, ‘33 organisations write to First Minister to demand urgent workforce plan for NHS’, WalesOnline
Was reading the French wikipedia article on the Channel today and for all of three seconds genuinely thought I had just come across another modern Celtic language that I had somehow failed to discover in nearly 27 years of life (including four years of Celtic studies) before realising that it was just the French word for Welsh