Why do people vote UKIP?
Liverpool Daily Post (Liverpool)
March 1, 2010
Not quite Gaelic;
HERE'S a sobering nugget for St David''s Day. Reading UKIP''s policy document Restoring Britishness, published on February 12, I came across this sentence in the section on Educational, Art and Music Measures, concerning what schools would be required to teach under a UKIP government: All cultures, languages and traditions from around the British Isles, such as Gaelic, would be celebrated.
' No mention of Welsh culture and traditions?'' I thought.
I read on, and came to: UKIP believes Britishness is inclusive and should celebrate all cultures, languages and traditions emanating from the British Isles. UKIP does not regard Gaelic or expressions of Home Nation identities as being in conflict with Britishness.
' Still no mention of Welsh?'' I thought.
Next: UK citizens can be proud Scotsmen, Welshmen and Ulstermen as well as proud Britons. At last, an honourable mention for the Welsh, after several disparaging references to Welsh nationalism and the Assembly.
Then I came to the next sentence: UKIP will enthusiastically support teaching of the various Gaelic languages and histories within the UK, in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Cornwall.
Suddenly, the penny dropped. I realised that UKIP's policy-makers are so clueless about anything that doesn''t relate to England that they think Welsh is a Gaelic language.
You couldn''t make it up.
Wyn Hobson, Tal-y-bont, Gwynedd
Don't embarrass Cornwall by voting for them anymore!