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Boris Johnson a ‘friend of the Welsh language’ says Welsh Secretary

09 Aug 2019 2 minutes Read
Boris Johnson. Picture by Chatham House (CC BY 2.0)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson “understands why the Welsh language is so important” according to the UK Government’s Welsh Secretary.

Speaking to Golwg magazine at the Eisteddfod in Llanrwst this week, Alun Cairns said that the new Prime Minister was a friend of the language.

“He has studied minority languages at University,” Alun Cairns said.

“So he understands the importance of nurturing, developing and using language. So I think Welsh culture is very safe, and in a very strong place with Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.”

Boris Johnson learnt the Welsh national anthem while a candidate for Clwyd South in 1997. However, he called the language a “weird creole” in his 2005 book Seventy-Two Virgins.

Alun Cairn also claimed that he was a “Welshman to the hilt” after he was criticised for not making Wales a priority for the UK Government.

“Some have complained, perhaps,” he told Golwg magazine.

“But I am entirely comfortable. I have had a fantastic reception at the Eisteddfod today. I feel entirely comfortable. I am a Welshman to the hilt.

“And I use my role to support Wales, to support the Welsh language, and to support the role of the United Kingdom in working for Wales.”

The entire interview can be read in Golwg magazine’s extended Eisteddfod edition.

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Michael Matthews
Michael Matthews
2 years ago

You’ll be telling us next that Boris Johnson has decided to learn the language.

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
2 years ago

Still would not make him a friend ………

Jeff Williams-Jones
Jeff Williams-Jones
2 years ago

According to Wikipedia, Mr Johnson studied Classics at university: subjects such as Ancient Greek and Latin. Yup, minority languages for sure, because no-one speaks them any more. Who says he’s a liar?

Annwyn Lewis
Annwyn Lewis
2 years ago

What a traitor to Wales!! How exactly does he demonstrate his commitment to Wales and the Welsh language? Bradwr y diawl?. I am at the Eisteddfod myself today and tomorrow. I will look out for the supportive Mr Cairns to have a personal chat ?

Anthony Coslett
Anthony Coslett
2 years ago

Alun Cairn once again displays himself as foolish and ignorant. Johnson May have studied ‘minority’ languages but not at Oxford where Latin and Greek are classical not minority: though one supposes that now Latin is no longer the State language of the Vatican and Ancient Greek conversational nowhere, then the two are, indeed, eligible to be classified as Minority’. Cairns is Welsh, through and through, as he claims and that cannot be denied. But he is representative of the servile sort of Welsh person whose will is to do the bidding of the more dominant and powerful and whose historical… Read more »

Tea
Tea
2 years ago

Dick Sion Alun, indeed.

j r humphrys
j r humphrys
2 years ago

kumri am bott

Tea
Tea
2 years ago

Alun Cairn is ‘a Welshman to the hilt’ only so long as his pockets get lined and he thinks he’s got a chance for a Knighthood. Look at his voting record and how he’s treated the Vale constituency for the real picture. He’s against EMA, guaranteed jobs, and low Uni fees for our kids and against benefits for the ill and poor. He also voted against EU integration and remaining, despite all the money Wales has received. AND he’s against same sex marriage, despite Llantwit Major boasting its new Pride event this year in his constituency, as well as the… Read more »

Rhosddu
Rhosddu
2 years ago

How naïve do you consider the Welsh people to be, Mr. Cairns? Nation.Cymru could collapse under the weight of potential comments gainsaying your ludicrous claim on Boris Johnson’s behalf.

John
John
2 years ago

Alum Cairns, the patriot who supported the secret naming of the Prince Charles Bridge, the patriot who has complained about Welsh being placed first on road signs, and the Tory who placed his trust in the lying, misogynistic and petty racist Johnson. Wales deserves better…

KK
KK
2 years ago
Reply to  John

Alun Cairns is no friend of Wales and never has been. Every time I see or hear the man I am angered by his snivelling subserviency to his masters and his betrayal of his roots. He reminds me of George Thomas who not only shared the same characteristics but was also a world class w****r to boot.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
2 years ago

The position of the Secretary State for Wales needs to be scrapped it now means nothing to Wales and with Cairns in charge the image of Wales he presents is of a subservient puppy. That has to stop and our true position regarding the stupidity of the UK government made loud and clear. Johnson has no concern for Wales whatsoever and Brexit will cripple the country, true stupidity at it’s greatest.

Siân
Siân
2 years ago

He’s as dillusional & hungry for power as his boss Johnson. One of his greatest failures was the tidal power for Swansea. That would have been a fantastic long term achievement for the local economy & environment, it should have been an easy win. If it was in the South East of England where the true influencers reside it would have gone through easily. We deserve much, much better.

John Young
John Young
2 years ago

Ydw, wrth gwrs dwi’n gredu!

John Young
John Young
2 years ago

That was quite funny.

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