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Welsh Conservative Senedd Member backs calls for St David’s Day bank holiday

19 Jan 2022 3 minute read
Samuel Kurtz picture by enedd Cymru. A stained glass window depicting St. David.

A Welsh Conservative Senedd Member has backed calls for a bank holiday for Wales on St David’s Day.

Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MS Samuel Kurtz said that “of course” the 1st of March should be set aside in order to celebrate the feast day of St David.

“Should St David’s Day be a Bank Holiday?” he asked. “Yes! Let’s get in line with our Celtic neighbours and celebrate our Patron Saint!”

His comments came after a debate prompted by Gwynedd Council’s decision to give staff a day off on 1 March.

The proposal backed by Gwynedd Council will cost £200,000 due to the need to employ part-time staff to keep the council running on March the 1st.

Cllr Dafydd Meurig, the council’s deputy leader, however, said that he believed that Wales could “benefit economically” if St David’s Day celebration became widespread in the country.

“That would be the ideal and ensure that all workers from all sectors have a national holiday to celebrate St David’s Day on the first of March,” he said.

“If Ireland’s St Patrick’s public holiday is anything to go by, there is the potential there for Wales to benefit economically.”

‘Disruption’

The UK Government have previously rejected calls by the Welsh Government and Gwynedd Council to devolve powers over bank holidays or to designate March 1 a bank holiday in Wales.

Yesterday the Welsh Government said that they had asked “time after time” for the power to denote 1 Mawrth a bank holiday.

In October of last year, Gwynedd Council send a letter to UK Government ministers calling for an end to the “embarrassing” anomaly of the Scottish and Northern Irish Governments being able to designate their national days while no such powers are currently devolved to Cardiff Bay.

But in a letter Paul Scully MP, the Minster for Small Business, poured cold water on any additional Bank Holiday for Wales.

Writing in response to the council’s request, Mr Scully noted, “While we appreciate that the people of Wales want to celebrate their patron saint, more people work across the English/Welsh border than across the English/Scottish border.

“This closer degree of integration could cause greater business disruption. If we had separate bank holidays in England and Wales, the impact on both employees and businesses is difficult to predict.”

In the proposal before Gwynedd Council, this response was described as “hugely disappointing”.

“It is obvious that the current government at Westminster has no intention of devolving this right and so it will not be possible for the Welsh Government to respond to the council’s demand for now,” they said.


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Y Cymro
Y Cymro
8 months ago

A Welsh Tory supports the idea of Wales celebrating a St’ David’s Day national holiday. A question. Has this man recently experienced a head injury?.

Last edited 8 months ago by Y Cymro
GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
8 months ago

His overlords in England are against this.

Last edited 8 months ago by GW Atkinson
Keith Gogarth
Keith Gogarth
8 months ago

Mm! Not sucking up to, and following orders from his Westminster masters? I wouldn’t trust him.

Cath Hill
Cath Hill
8 months ago

How opportunistic!…A bit late to the party and a transparent attempt to curry favour with Welsh people whose idea of national identity begins with rugby and ends with a three feathers tattoo.

Malcolm rj
Malcolm rj
8 months ago

What I can’t get my head around is why the government in London seems to be against anything that Wales should have that the other Celtic countries have been given.They have been given control over the crown estate money in they’re countries they will not give it to Wales the same thing with our saint David’s day they will not grant it to Wales the Welsh people have been loyal to the British, state yet they treat Wales with contempt. Our only hope for our country and children is to go for independence wake up Wales

Erisian
Erisian
8 months ago

Perhaps there is a Welsh Tory rather just another Tory in Wales.
Shame he supports a party who lack all sense of social responsibility and like the odious Mark Zuckerberg even have a motto “Move slowly and break things”

Grayham Jones
8 months ago

We must have St David’s day in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 stop being little Englanders and be proud to be welsh 👍

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
8 months ago

If Sam Kurtz supports it, that’s great.

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
8 months ago
Reply to  I.Humphrys

I agree, JH. I hope I’m mistaken in feeling that some people seem to resent him supporting it.

Richard
Richard
8 months ago
Reply to  I.Humphrys

100 per cent right 🎯

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