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.