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Y Crafwr: O bydded i’r hen iaith barhau

26 Jun 2023 5 minute read
Sage Todz picture by FAW

The Welsh language has been in the news again. This time with the innovative and talented musician Sage Todz deciding not to perform at the National Eisteddfod because the Welsh language rule precludes his existing material.

Cue meltdowns about racism and ‘exclusivity’.

Sage Todz’ motivation for declining the opportunity to perform to do with his own artistic integrity and reluctance to substitute his bilingual set for a mainly Welsh language one. Whilst the world screamed around him, he showed dignity and respect – managing to gently mock S4C’s egregious use of an image of Mace the Great in a feature about the story and accepting the Eisteddfod’s position gracefully.

Parch to Sage Todz.

Not so to those who jumped on this bandwagon. The cynical might suggest that other, lesser Welsh artists sought to gain publicity from the broader coverage – not Crafwr obviously.

The idiots who then tried to make it an issue of race, clearly blind to the fact that it was racist of them to make such a conflation. If the decision had been made by a white musician performing bilingually, it would have been no different. It is those who see colour who are being racist. The irony…

The Eisteddfod too has been dignified in its response. Respectful of the decision and of its own rules. Silent in the face of unjustified and unjustifiable criticism.

Parch to the Genedlaethol too.

The Eisteddfod is at its very core a Welsh language festival, to compromise on this is to question its entire purpose and existence. Let the ‘siaradwyr Cymraeg’ have one week every year when they can live their life in and through the language. Let them celebrate and enjoy.

Meanwhile, rumours swirl that Sage Todz was slated to be one of S4Cs reporting team from the Maes this year. Crafwr hopes that this continues to be the case. It will be a shame if concerns about the reaction of the irate and bigoted ‘dissonant progressives’ scuppers the idea.

More confidence please S4C.

Rhun lands with an Indy bang (then blows it)

Over at Plaid Cymru HQ, Rhun ap arrives and takes the reins. Launching himself with gusto and a strong emphasis on independence as a focussed wedge issue between Plaid Cymru and Welsh Labour.

At last, some differentiation in the bland world of progressive unity in the Senedd? Perhaps.

These promising beginnings were totally undermined by the first policy announcement, built around an argument of strengthening the UK economically by rejoining the European single market and customs union.

To paraphrase: “Let’s achieve independence by persuading our Unionist masters in London to be competent and sensible! Not that they will ever listen to us as we have zero influence even if the whole of Wales spoke with one voice but let’s posture pointlessly regardless”.

The contrast with Humza Yousaf’s strident and clear independence message in the SNP conference is stark. From a slow start Humza looks as though he may be the unifying figure that Scottish indy needs to guide it across the finish line.

Meanwhile at Plaid, someone needs to have a word with Comms. Not hard to frame policy through the lens of independence. Politics has been debased and demeaned enough, let’s try and be better in Wales. Consistency in our positions, treating voters with respect.

Naughty, naughty Welsh Labour

Whilst Plaid vacillates between independence and parading Unionist policy credentials, Welsh Labour have been told off by UK Labour for asserting that Wales is a country.

Mark Drakeford is uniquely consistent in his cognitively dissonant view of the Union as one of four distinct and sovereign nations. He dreams still of turning this busted flush, this decrepit and failed vestige of Empire, into a functional Union of equals with a proper constitution. Meanwhile the passive aggressive calls from London continue – know your place Taffy.

Perhaps the penny will drop for Mark and Welsh Labour when Starmer’s version of muscular unionism is unleashed after the next election.

The irony supreme when Welsh Labour step up and start to lead the independence charge in Wales.

YasSimroo Grows Up

Talking of which – it looks like the rebels at YasSimroo have grown up. So successful was their inaugural conference in Aberystwyth two weeks ago that the Ceredigion Conservative Party Chair himself recognised their maturity and good sense.

In a mad world of Russian coups, imploding sardine cans packed with billionaires and inconstant politicians, this, surely, is the cherry on top.

Sanity from TC Davies

Fortunately for us all, David TC Davies, Secretary of State for Wales provides some constancy in this sea of surrealism.

Appearing before the Welsh Affairs Select Committee earlier this week he demonstrated again the utter pointlessness of the Welsh Office and of himself. A highlight being his animated and reactionary rant against the inexorable march of history towards the inevitable decline and fall of the Empire. About halfway, well worth watching just to see him triggered.

Always good to see Beth Winter showing that she should definitely have been the first choice candidate for the new constituency of Merthyr Tydfil and Upper Cynon. Her questioning of TC to the point and effective, the interjection of her colleague Wayne David having the added bonus of catching TC in a lie.

Select Committees – tedious at times,yes, but nuggets of gold, always!


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Dai Rob
Dai Rob
9 months ago

Whilst Glastonbury was full of Drill & Grime on the weekend, the Eisteddfod shot itself in the foot, and refused to include something that would have enthused the Under 30’s.

Who could blame young people in thinking the Eisteddfod is just for older people, who like poems, choirs, Folk music & guitar bands.

It is a shame for Cymraeg! Mae fe’n cywilydd am Gymraeg! 🙁

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
9 months ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

An Eisteddfod Mk 3 Dai for everybody else…but still under the big tent…

A question to ask the crowd what they think at the Sesh in Dol next month…

Last edited 9 months ago by Mab Meirion
Dai Rob
Dai Rob
9 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

I’m sure there could be ways and means aroubnd it, given the will. I don’t know the make up of the crowd in Sess Fawr (rwy’n moyn i fynd blwyddyn nesa!!) but yes, would be interested in their views….also what the 10/20,000 in Tafwyl think about it, in a few weeks. Even more interesting is what all the remaining 500,000+ Siaradwyr who are going to none of these festivals think about recent events…and what would make them more likely to attend in the future! 🙂

Gaynor Jones
Gaynor Jones
9 months ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

Dai you obviously have not been to MaesB or tge Maes for a few years then?

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
9 months ago
Reply to  Gaynor Jones

Caerdydd 2018. There was no Grime or Drill there then. And there is still not now. The world has moved on.

Last edited 9 months ago by Dai Rob
Mawkernewek
9 months ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

As far as I was aware, the dispute was about the use of the Welsh language, not the genre of music. What you seem to be insinuating is that Cymraeg is capable of being used in music such as folk and guitar bands, but not newer genres, which seems absurd. A relaxation of the Welsh language rule has the potential to increase not decrease issues, because it would become more subjective and complex, when someone has to decide how much English is too much English in a bilingual song, or should you be allowed to perform a mix set that… Read more »

Ellis Evans
Ellis Evans
9 months ago
Reply to  Mawkernewek

My prediction :The demands for more English language content to be allowed will increase over the next few years.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
9 months ago
Reply to  Ellis Evans

Answer…Another Eisteddfod…grown out of Maes B…simples…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
9 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

3 legs better than 2 or 4…always rock steady…think milking stool…

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
9 months ago

Paraphrasing is one thing – but completely making something up is another matter entirely (as is sadly the case with the words the author of this ‘opinion piece’ puts in Rhun ap Iorwerth’s mouth). Losing membership of the single market and the customs union has been a grievous blow to the welsh economy – and for as long as Wales remains a part of the uk arguing that the uk should rejoin the single market and customs union makes economic sense from a welsh standpoint. If we were to use the bizarre ‘logic’ of this opinion piece then Plaid shouldnt… Read more »

Riki
Riki
9 months ago

This is 100% about racism or Xenophobia….against the Cymru! And our language. They are tying to shame us into abandoning our culture. Please don’t fall for it!

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
9 months ago
Reply to  Riki

wHO ARE?

Riki
Riki
9 months ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

Unionists and Anglophiles! Those within Wales who feel the English were the ones who brought Wales into the civilised World. Those who believe without England, Wales would be nothing!

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
9 months ago
Reply to  Riki

What, 3 artists who sing/rap predominantly in Cymraeg, and regularly (daily?) feature on Radio Cymru & S4C??

Ieaun-iesu ap Stuf
Ieaun-iesu ap Stuf
9 months ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

Name me 3 tracks of Sage’s that he’s written in Cymraeg. I’ll wait [he’s only got 1 verse in 1 song].

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
9 months ago

some serious censorship going on here

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
9 months ago

Note Mr M. Mansfield: What is going on Dai Rob was making valid points and moving the narrative on and we between us are getting somewhere. This down tick them out is getting beyond the pale…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
9 months ago
Reply to  Mark Mansfield

The thread has reappeared, it concerns the Eisteddfod and its inclusivity for all sections of this increasingly cosmopolitan community west of Offa’s ditch. I think that between the national and the international there is and should be room for a third event. I hear about Maes B where apparently everything excluded from heaven takes place. I have not been for many a year or decade. This site as I have said before is a forum to help shape the transition of Cymru into adulthood or perhaps a place akin to Sierra Leone, where freshly released slaves have to birth themselves… Read more »

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
9 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Yes, there is something weird going on with the Comments here! As in real life, we find ourselves totally at the mercy of the Software.

Ieaun-iesu ap Stuf
Ieaun-iesu ap Stuf
9 months ago

Innovative? He’s not that good, and only got 1 verse of Cymraeg to him. hardly Eisteddfod material.

Pascal Lafargue
Pascal Lafargue
9 months ago

Sage Todz is a wise cwl Welsh young man.

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