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‘Moribund monkey language’ author slammed for fresh attack on the Welsh language

14 Dec 2018 1 minute read
Part of the cover of this month’s Spectator magazine

An author has been accused of “nauseating prejudice” after he attacked the Welsh language in an English magazine.

Roger Lewis, who came under fire for calling the Welsh language an “appalling and moribund monkey language” in the Daily Mail in 2011, attacked the language again in the Spectator today.

In an article for the magazine he accused the “Welsh language mob” of turning “my beloved South Wales into a phoney foreign country”.

Lewis was raised in Bedwas, Monmouthshire.

Responding to his comments, Tamsin Davies from Cymdeithas yr Iaith said: “It’s just the same old tired nauseating prejudice from this man.

“Cymdeithas is concentrating on campaigning for everyone in Wales to get to speak Welsh, and we’re pleased with the growth in parts of the south.

“Research shows that the vast majority of the public support Welsh as the language for every part of the nation.”

Roger Lewis is no stranger to controversy. He had a book deal withdrawn in 2014 after writing in the Spectator that lesbians had “a touch of Desperate Dan in the jaw-bone area”.

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