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After re-reading his own account of Farage’s foray in to Welsh politics, has Dai Lingual has finally got off the electoral fence…or just trying to cause offence?

I feel compelled to write about tactical voting to keep the United Kingdom Independence Party out of the National Assembly for a number of reasons:

  • Tactical voting is a crucial consideration for any nominal floating voter like myself, and until the recent announcement from pro-Labour academics that their 2nd vote would be Plaid Cymru-bound, there has been little or no coverage about it – and even then not enough about what the rise of UKIP brings to the electoral table.
  • UKippers are anti-Europe, and as substantial swathes of Wales have long been dependent on Brussels to make sure that a fair proportion of the UK Government’s money reaches here, UKIP wouldn’t seem to be as relevant in Wales at least.  An electoral irrelevance therefore, or is there more to come for Farage’s trench & henchmen?
  • For Wales, there has to be a bigger, more public debate about Welsh independence at some point soon in order to keep up with our Celtic cousins in Edinburgh [as well as Glasgow!], so the prominence of the so-called UK independence party is standing in the way of me writing that particular article at the moment…Actually, maybe they’re not all bad then!
  • Wales has deep roots in the story of Europe that includes young men from the Valleys travelling to Spain voluntarily to fight fascism…We’re still Europeans, are we not?
  • Plus, did anybody else notice that clickbait is an actual thing now in Welsh political journalism? ; )

And anyhow, since when has reason entered the argument as far as UKippers are concerned?

There is little point pretending that UKip are part of mainstream party politics in Wales as yet: they don’t have enough local credible candidates to make it to the several hustings I’ve been to over the years, and yet they expect to be taken seriously – should this be the case if they’re importing their candidates from England? This is a party then that still rates England above Wales in terms of political ability; which harks back to the era of the philosopher and nominal liberal John Stuart Mill; who had no trouble declaring that the Welsh should consider themselves fortunate, “…to be brought into the current of the ideas and feelings of a highly civilized and cultivated people…” ! Mill was in fact missionary for England then, albeit one who wanted Wales done like the proverbial UKipper.

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some committed campaigners during my time at the Alliance of Welsh Communities, and on the coalface itself there are still uncertainties around how to deal with the UKIP question – should they be viewed as dangerous quasi-fascists and kept out in the cold; or in fact should they be welcomed to hustings and other political activity on the basis that the platform might give them a chance to make fools of themselves? Although apparently that was not the case last week, according to Daran Hill of Positif Politics, who thought that Nathan Gill performed well above expectations in the BBC Wales Leaders’ Debate; and it is of course the former coalfields where Labour voters seem to be deciding whether to jump ship to Plaid or UKIP.  In the main, I noticed Andrew ‘RT’ Davies’ lack of mathematical perception… [see also Debatable #maths #Cymru2016 … a fraction of a mathematician #bbcwalesdebate RT ]

A video posted by Dai Lingual (@dailingual) on Apr 28, 2016 at 4:03am PDT


On reflection, the first piece I wrote on UKIP was trying to be ultra-objective, that meant that I was possibly too sympathetic to party – to the point where it could have been considered pro-Farage. I’m by no means blind to the considerable charisma of Nigel, just that it’s equally important that his charisma shouldn’t blind the population of Wales to his plans – subsequently I do feel I need to be more balanced in my output…

I don’t actually consider myself to be the expert on Welsh politics, so on I’ve spoken to a gentleman who’s been involved in Welsh politics for nearly 50 years ; Yr Arglwydd Elystan Morgan – a cross-bench Lord in the Houses of Parliament and former Labour MP for Ceredigion; as well as previously being an active member of Plaid Cymru, a party he still holds in high esteem…and those are his words, not mine [although as they were originally in Welsh, so in a #dailingual way they’re actually my words; his notions! ].

Broadly speaking, one major factor in the background to the rise of UKIP is that in 1945 after the Second World War, 95% of the British electorate voted either Conservative or Labour, whereas these days that figure has almost halved at 51%; which has obviously created a vacuum for the other parties to move into.  The Liberals could have been more influential…if only they weren’t so wishy-washy!  Plaid Cymru continue to  make a substantial contribution, and UKIP…well that vacuum is the reason why they exist at all and it’s worth remembering that it also existed in Europe in the 1930s’.

The second thing to consider is this: I’ve heard very little from the BNP or the National Front since UKIP came to centre stage, presumably because their supporters feel that UKIP are representing their views.  It is likely that we can also add people that don’t usually vote – people that as a general rule don’t feel part of the political process .  They might usually stay at home as they don’t perceive that the two main parties are standing up for them. UKIP seem to be able to get that vote out.

The third point is, that during the European elections 18 months ago when Labour didn’t have a bad showing – they received what I’d call a middling vote- I was genuinely surprised that UKIP were within 5,000 votes of the total of Labour votes in Wales, that’s astonishing and a warning for the future of Welsh politics.

There is the possibility that the European elections were a chance taken by people to register a protest vote to show their concerns about Europe – that have now been met with a referendum; so does this mean we can ignore UKIP again?  Radical activists in Wales are clear that unless you’re white, middle class and heterosexual then The UK Independence Party spells real trouble as well as UKIP.  As it happens I’m all of those things, so – in order to play the devil’s advocate a moment – why, hypothetically, should I care?

Lord Elystan Morgan again:

Things will unfortunately get worse and worse, the vacuum I’ve spoken about will continue to grow and all the hot air that’s been spouted will become more and more potent…Although we can’t really call UKIP fascists in the traditional historical sense of the word, the supposed absence of the far right in UK politics tells its own story.

It does make for rather grim reading, with grim times ahead; I will be voting with my head as well as my heart this week.

The model used for the Welsh Assembly elections is part Proportional Representation, a model that gave the National Socialist Party a foothold in the German Parliament in the 1930s and could be continued to be seen as a dangerous piece of legislation that should only be held by countries with a fair, well-read and analytical national media.  Sadly, despite being the world’s first industrialised nation in the 19th Century I don’t know that Wales fits that particular bill in the 21st century.

On Welsh election day, every voter in Wales will be able to vote for their preferred local politician/party as well as affect who makes it to the six regional ‘lists’.  It’s complicated, so here’s a print-out-and-keep guide to take with you to the polling stations this week!  Also, importantly, if you’re voting with the Welsh arts in mind, Plaid Cymru’s manifesto has been given the thumbs up by Trac Cymru for its support of traditional Welsh folk, whilst Labour are taking a more holistic, novel approach.

Further reading: the forthcoming edition on Welsh philosophical thought to be published by the University of Wales Press: ‘Credoau’r Cymry’ by Dr. Huw Lloyd Williams of the Coleg Cymraeg.

The @dailingual guide to tactical voting to keep UKIP out of the Senedd –


North West Wales: North East Wales:
1st vote: Plaid Cymru 1st vote: The Labour Party
2nd vote: Welsh Labour 2nd vote: Guto Bebb’s Conservatives / Plaid Cymru


Canolbarth a’r Gorllewin [The Bit in the Middle]
1st vote: Liberal or Plaid Cymru
2nd vote: Conservatives [or the other way around if you live east of Llandrindod Wells]


South West Wales: South East Wales:
1st vote: Labour 1st vote: Green
2nd vote: Plaid Cymru  

2nd vote: Plaid


          South Mid Wales: I think it’s only Labour standing there, actually.
N.B. Presumably, you c/should vote [Welsh?] UKIP [Wales?] if you agree with everything in their Welsh manifesto for Wales.

Dros y penwythnos fe ges i’r cyfle i sgwrsio efo’r Arglwydd Elystan Morgan y Dole ar ran cylchgrawn Buzz – mae ei iechyd yn lawer gwell diolch byth- mae ei ymateb i fy nghwestiwn ynglŷn â hanes twf UKIP islaw’r llun; felly cofiwch bleidleisio yn ofalus yfory os am osgoi gweld y Blaid United Kingdom Independence yn gwireddu dymuniad Nigel Farage o ennill hanner dwsin o seddi yn ein Senedd!


Yn fras, un ffactor fawr yn gefndir i hyn yw – yn 1945 roedd 91% wedi pleidleisio i naill ai y Blaid Lafur neu’r ‪#‎Ceidwadwyr‬ tra’r sefyllfa nawr yw bod hynny wedi gostwng i 55% sydd wedi creu vacuum. I mewn i’r vacuum yna mae ganddoch chi y ‪#‎Liberals‬, a gallen nhw wedi bod yn ddylanwadol ond bod nhw’n rhy ‘wishy washy’. Mae ‪#‎PlaidCymru‬ yn cyfrannu yn ddigon anrhydeddus, tra bod #UKiP …[wel] yr un rheswm y ffactor vacuum sy’n meddwl nad ydynt yn cael eu cyfyngi.

Yr ail beth i’w ystyried : dydw i heb glywed unrhywbeth gan y BNP na’r National Front ers i UKIP dod i’r amlwg , mae eu barn yn cael cynrychiolaeth gan UKIP sydd wedi eu llynci. Gellir hefyd ychwanegu pobl nad sydd yn pleidleisio fel arfer – nad sydd yn ymwneud â’r broses gwleidyddol at hyn. Fel arfer bydden nhw wedi sefyll gartref gan nad oedden nhw yn teimlo bod y ddwy blaid mawr yn sefyll drostynt.

3. Yn etholiadau Ewrop deunaw mis yn ôl, roedd UKIP o gewn 5,000 pleidlais i gyfanswm Llafur. Dyma blaid sy’n dal i dyfu.

4. Waeth bydd pethau’n mynd , mae’r vacuum yn fwy a bydd gwyntoedd poeth yn gwneud y peth yn fwy ac yn fwy.

[Geiriau Elystan, ambell i aralleiriad]

Blog Buzz ‘Dai Lingual’

There is a dark inky blueness with a burst of yellow circling up high like a night- time sun. I see the redness of flames and sparks, and the grey outline of a towering chimney stack. There are smudges of the dark red and green of the vast buildings of the mills, and a block […]

via A Sense of Landscape — agirlfromcwm > Mam[gu] felly byddwch gall a neis! W : ) [proud son!]

Agenda When: Wednesday 13 April 2016, 8.30am – 9.30am Host: Wales Millennium Centre Where: Lloyds Bank Enterprise Suite, WMC, Bute Place, Cardiff CF10 5AL Chair: Laura Drane Reception will be open from 8.15am. Wales Millennium Centre will be the meeting venue for What Next? Cardiff until Wednesday 11 May 2016. Getting there: Info here: http://www.wmc.org.uk/yourVisit/GettingHere/ %5B…%5D

via AGENDA 13th April 2016 at WMC — whatnextcardiff

Un wrthyn

March 24, 2016

To Whom it may concern

I am currently on hold with one of your colleagues having phoned back to make a complaint about your colleage who phoned me about 10 mins ago today (about 1pm UK time) to ask if my website was live.
After I pointed out that he could have google’d it, as he then said he wanted to know how I was getting on with the business package, I asked (for the 2nd time in six months) for some assistance with creating new content for my .cymru and .wales domains;
i.e. within my existing package, without using redirects can I create [for instance] dailingual.wales/special ?
He confessed he couldn’t help me, and while I was waiting for him to give me the number of someone who can ( he couldn’t put me through that might have been better) he said that I should try WordPress.
Interesting that he’s plugging your competitors?
He then muttered [audibly to me ” I wish he’d just put the phone down” so I asked to speak to his line manager. He then put the phone down on me.
When I phoned the freephone number I have on my landline for 1&1 someone said “Sales” and then said nothing further , listened to my complaint and has hung up on me too it seems.
As for wordpress, I will try that now: see https://monkeyseamonkeydoo.wordpress.com where you should be able to see a copy of this email for my records.
Both your colleagues today wanted to sell, neither of them wanted to help, which sums up your company pretty well.
Please be advised that I will be seeking compensation to recompense for my time on the phone today and writing this email when I could have been pitching potential clients – and I fully expect you to refund all my payments for 2016  so far on the basis of what you’ve just read.
Good day
Dai Wyn
ON buasai’n well gen i drafod materion busnes yn Gymraeg, diolch.


(sgroliwch lawr am y Gymraeg)


Arian Cymru have announced that Cardiff Business School, in association with Arian Cymru, will be holding an event at Cardiff University’s Bute Building this Wednesday February 24th titled ‘The Ellen Brown lecture – A Public Bank of Wales and the World Economic Situation’

A statement from Arian Cymru reads:

“It gives us great pleasure to welcome world renowned economist Ellen Brown to Wales and to Cardiff University. Using her vast wealth of knowledge and expertise in this field, Ellen will give a presentation on the opportunities Wales has for establishing its own Public Bank – something that is being increasingly discussed in economic circles worldwide. Ellen will also talk about the precarious world economic situation in general, including the latest situation in the EU, the looming TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and bank bail ins (where money held in individual bank accounts is swallowed by the bank). There will be opportunities for a question and answer session at the end of Ellen’s presentation.”

Tickets are free but need to be reserved in advance. Participants are advised to order as soon as possible. To order your tickets and see more details on Ellen Brown and the event visit this link:



Ellen Brown




Rydym yn falch iawn o gyhoeddi fod Ysgol Fusnes Caerdydd, mewn cydweithrediad a Arian Cymru, yn cynnal digwyddiad yn adeilad Bute, Prifysgol Caerdydd nos Fercher yma, 24 o Chwefror o’r enw ‘The Ellen Brown Lecture – A Public Bank of Wales and the World Economic Situation’

Mae’n bleser mawr gennym i groesawu’r economegydd byd enwog o’r UDA, Ellen Brown i Gymru ac i Brifysgol Caerdydd. Gan ddefnyddio ei chyfoeth helaeth ac arbenigedd yn y maes hwn, bydd Ellen yn rhoi cyflwyniad ar y cyfleoedd sydd gan Gymru i sefydlu Banc Cyhoeddus Cenedlaethol – rhywbeth sy’n cael ei drafod yn gynyddol mewn cylchoedd economaidd ledled y byd. Bydd Ellen hefyd yn sôn am sefyllfa economaidd fregus y byd yn gyffredinol, gan gynnwys y sefyllfa ddiweddaraf yn yr UE, TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) a ‘bail ins’ gan fanciau (ble mae arian mewn cyfrifon personol yn cael ei lyncu gan y banc). Bydd cyfle ar gyfer sesiwn cwestiwn ac ateb ar ddiwedd y cyflwyniad.

Mae’r tocynnau am ddim ond mae angen eu archebu o flaen llaw. Archebwch yn gynnar os yn bosib – rydym yn rhagweld y bydd tocynnau yn mynd yn gyflym. I archebu eich tocynnau ag i weld mwy o fanylion am y digwyddiad gyda Ellen Brown ewch i’r ddolen hon:


Gobeithiwn yn fawr y byddy digwyddiad yma o ddiddordeb ac y gallwch fynychu a / neu efallai basio’r manylion i bobl a allai fod â diddordeb mewn mynychu. Am fanylion pellach neu i drefnu cyfarfod neu gyfweliad gyda Ellen tra ei bod yng Nghaerdydd, cysylltwch!
Dilynwch: @ArianCymru FOLLOW! @arianbywcardiff 

In the Welsh Conservatives’ manifesto – and therefore the Tory manifesto as the [w]hole that it probably is [q guffaws of laughter from the Labour back benches] – there is a promise made to protect the funding of the only Welsh language television channel S4C, set up by your esteemed predecessor Lady Thatcher [whoops of derision from Labour back benches at this atrocious juxtaposition] in her wisdom [ apoplepsy]. Could the RIght Honourable Gentleman [i.e. Dave of Camoron] confirm that his Government to do everything in its power to conserve this rare Conservative legacy, or in fact will he take the de facto position of saying one thing before an election and doing the complete opposite once elected?

S4C does not produce programmes of its own – it is a broadcaster – and as such supports upto 50,000 people in the creative industries in Wales who are working in the private sector – and yet as it is supported by the Treasury, it is in the firing line for the same 40% cuts as every other public service – will the Prime Minister finally admit what the people of Wales have always known – that the success of the private sector that is so beloved by the Right Honourable Member [for Chipping Norton? Who he represents so beautifully] is in fact entirely dependent on a healthy, prosperous public sector?!



Here was my linked in message to Dave last week; he hasn’t answered …yet :


Annwyl / Dear David,

I was anticipating having to use an entire ‘inMail’ credit for this, so imagine my surprise to find that that’s not the case. It has very nearly taken the wind out of my sails.

Firstly, let me congratulate you on appearing to be a decent man who seems to want the best for his family, which is something not to be scoffed at in these challenging modern times.

May I follow that by congratulating you on your recent letter to your Right Honourable Friend in Pembrokeshire promising to protect S4C’s budget. It is an enviable resource that the late Lady Thatcher secured and I’m sure you’ll do your utmost to respect her legacy.

Many thanks / diolch,

David AT cymunedau DOT org


#caruS4C #dontslipup #cyfarfodargyfwngdarlledu