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!

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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’

(sgroliwch lawr am y Gymraeg)


WORLD RENOWNED AMERICAN ECONOMIST ELLEN BROWN TO SPEAK IN CARDIFF ON A PUBLIC BANK OF WALES

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:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ellen-brown-lecture-at-cardiff-university-a-public-bank-of-wales-and-the-world-economic-situation-tickets-21319233401?aff=es2

 

Ellen Brown

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YR ECONOMEGYDD BYD ENWOG, ELLEN BROWN I SIARAD YNG NGHAERDYDD AR FANC CYHOEDDUS I GYMRU

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:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ellen-brown-lecture-at-cardiff-university-a-public-bank-of-wales-and-the-world-economic-situation-tickets-21319233401?aff=es2

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 

[This essay originally appeared in the comments section of the South Wales Argos; see: http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/11585069.EDITOR_S_CHAIR__Inspiration_needed_to_bridge_the_digital_skills_gap/?ref=twtrec for the original context]

A fairer assessment would be, “the majority of school-leavers underestimate their Welsh language skills” I think. Everyday incidental use is up as both primary and secondary schools in Wales are encouraged to use more Welsh on a day-to-day basis in social situations.

Your comparison between the Welsh language an ICT is an interesting one, and useful too.

One IT comparison – that you touch upon in your piece – could be that office workers now have vastly superior PC skills to twenty years ago but wouldn’t necessarily recognise it as such as they’re so used to using them on a daily basis.

Similarly, many Welsh speakers leave school with a good standard of fluency in Welsh but are likely to under-report their ability if questioned, or in many cases are not put in situations where their bilingualism can be used to its full advantage.

This was the area that I touched upon with my question at Digital Tuesday – as you did not allow the panel the opportunity to answer my question – I shall ask it again here –

What are you doing in your working life to encourage people to use the Welsh language and to create a prosperous future for the children who are growing up here learning the language?

I saw last week that you’ve been at your employer for 30 years –
a remarkable achievement but one which is a product of its times: a job for life. These days, the workforce is far more fluid and mobile, and young people from Wales are being forced to work and live in England in order to make ends meet. What provision is being made for their futures and communities?

People are obsessed with the concept of a #skillsgap ; in my view there is overwhelming evidence to suggest that there is indeed a significant skillsgap ; i.e. the school pupils of England are way behind Wales in terms of multilingualism – which according to recent research in North America is a common theme amongst the very top earners ; i.e. language graduands are the big success story of the 21st century so far in North America (with French – an official language of Canada – being on top of the academic leaderboard there)>

You may not be aware that scientific research suggests that multilingualism is beneficial to developing minds in both mathematical and musical ways, therefore is it not possible that bilingualism – including yes Welsh – could be giving our pupils skills that will allow them to achieve more – and not less- than their monoglot counterparts in England?

It seems to me that No-one ever seriously questions of bilingualism per se apart from non-Welsh speakers in Wales ; who in UK terms are in the unique position of being able to learn a living language, and it is high time that Welsh was seen through these terms, not just as a cultural or political phenomenon.

It is worth noting again here that the ability the communicate effectively in more than one language is the norm across the world – England and the English are unusual in this respect. And to return to theme of being ‘fluent’ briefly – I studied German in University and was fluent enough to use only German when in ‘Deutschland’. At that time, my CV reflected this ; I was a “fluent German speaker.”

Your argument would seem to suggest that twenty years later, I should update my CV to exclude that phrase on the basis that I’ve not had the chance to use it – yet compared to most products of the UK education system my German is fluent. For Welsh, see German. There are many Welsh speakers amongst us who would not consider themselves to be fluent, but by golly their Welsh is fluent compared to the people of modern Northumbria..even if their descendants there spoke the same language before the Anglo-Saxons came to dominate their land (and yet they still count their sheep in Welsh, incidentally).

To return to the digital age and theme, had you spoken to a head of ICT in a school in London ten years ago from your South Walian stronghold, you would have learned that they not only thought that ICT taught across the curriculum the way it was then – and not as a specific subject – was a weakness (as arguably the use of only incidental Welsh is also a weak way to teach the language) ; but also that they thought Wales was such a forward-thinking nation in the way that we embrace the Foundation Phase with such gusto and excellence.

Again, it is remarkable to me ( as a parent, too) that the only people who really knock education in Wales are the people living here.

Yes, Wales has to keep moving forward with the times but it is wrong to assume that we’re not leading the world in some areas as we did with industrialism in the 19th century.

We’re still world leaders, culturally and educationally (and now we even have the World’s most expensive footballer playing for our national side!) and arguably our closest neighbours should be the ones worrying about closing the so-called skills gap – a phrase which neatly allows experts and educationalists to make a living off the back of our very Welsh inferiority complex.

Welsh is not the language of heaven, but it is a language of Wales and all that work and live here now have to accept that it was here first.

I accept the right you have to live and work monolingually if you so choose, equally you and DigiTuesday have to accept my right to live and work bilingually in the modern Wales; a country which now by law protects the Welsh language as equal to English –

hence why I voiced my indignation that despite the Welsh Government insisting on being mentioned as supporting the event, they had not insisted on any Welsh being seen or heard there.

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If I choose to return to Digital Tuesday in the future, I expect to see and hear improvements, and many thanks for my right of reply here.

A chroeso – you are very welcome.

[gweler y datganiad gwreiddiol yn Gymraeg, isod]

Planning Downfall of Welsh Government

Community Activists rally in Rhayader this Friday

This Friday, community activists from all over Wales will meet in Rhayader to put further pressure on the beleaguered Planning Bill currently under scrutiny by the Environment and Sustainability Committee in the Senedd.

Planning has always been a hot potato in modern Wales. Despite this there is no sense that the Welsh Government are taking the concerns of its citizens seriously, even though there is now talk of a legal challenge as over 70% of people in Wales state that they believe that planning decisions should be scrutinized and determined at a more local-level.

“There is a bold tradition of protest in Wales, and the Planning Bill in its current format is not acceptable – the First Minister and his Welsh Government must listen to the will of the people,” states Tamsin Davies, Secretary of the Alliance of Welsh Language Communities,

“especially as practically three-quarters of people living in Wales believe that housing decisions should be taken locally.”

“Our meeting this week will be a chance for well-established protest groups to meet to discuss this crucial issue – and expect a further statement from us on Friday!”

As well as community groups, anyone who is concerned about the Planning Bill for Wales are invited to take part in the meeting, which will be led by Jill Evans MEP of Plaid Cymru who recognises the need for action on this crucial issue.

For further information, or to arrange an interview,
email david@cymunedau.org

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Cyfarfod CCC 12

Llofnodwch i danseilio’r Llywodraeth!

#DatblyguYBoblLeol yn cyfarfod nos Wener

Nos Wener yma, daw ymgyrchwyr o bob cwr o Gymru ynghyd yn Rhaeadr Gwy er mwyn argyhoeddi pa mor anhapus y maent ynglŷn â’r Bil Cynllunio arfaethedig, wrth i Bwyllgor Amgylcheddol a Chynaliadwyedd y Senedd barhau’r craffu yng Nghaerdydd.

Mae cynllunio tai wedi bod yn bwnc llosg erioed yn y Gymru fodern, ac er hynny nid oes yna’r teimlad bod Llywodraeth Cymru o ddifri am y maes wrth gyflwyno eu bil; yn wir mae yna gymaint o bryder bu sôn am her gyfreithiol hyd yn oed – wrth i dros 70% o bobl yng Nghymru datgan eu bod yn credu taw ar lefel lleol dylai penderfyniadau cynllunio cael eu craffu a’u penderfynu.

” Gennym draddodiad balch o brotest yng Nghymru, ac mae’n rhaid i ni arddangos nad yw’r Bil Cynllunio ar gyfer Cymru yn ei ffurf bresennol yn dderbyniol,” meddai Ysgrifennydd Cynghrair Cymunedau Cymraeg Tamsin Davies.

“Mae’n rhaid i’r Prif Weinidog a Llywodraeth Cymru wrando ar ewyllys y bobl; yn enwedig o ystyried bod bron i dri chwarter o’r bobl sy’n byw yng Nghymru yn credu y dylid penderfynu ar gynllunio tai newydd ar lefel lleol.”

“Bydd ein cyfarfod Datblygu y Bobl Leol yr wythnos hon yn gyfle i grwpiau protest gyfarfod i drafod y mater hollbwysig yma, ac fe fy fyddwn ni yn cyfansoddi a llofnodi llythyr cry’ ar y cyd i hela at y Llywodraeth ar Nos Wener!”

Yn ogystal â grwpiau lleol, bydd yna groeso cynnes i unigolion sydd â diddordeb yn y maes; mae’r Aelod Seneddol i Ewrop Jill Evans o Blaid Cymru wedi addo i wrando ar ofidion y cyfarfod.

Am wybodaeth bellach, neu i drefnu cyfweliad / dod draw i’r cyfarfod cysylltwch â david@cymunedau.org
#BilCynllunio ? #DatblyguYBoblLeol

Could I ask that you never, ever get your sponsored messages onto my timeline again?

THE BIG SOCIETY

As for this Big Society idea, whatever happened to that? Did you really think that asking the population to work for free in the services that you’re crippling with your cuts was a good idea?

WHERE HAVE ALL THE LIBRARIES GONE?

In my area alone, there is no longer a weekly library van visiting the elderly people who are unable to walk into the town centre, and the leisure centre has been taken over by a private company who are only concerned by profit and have closed the swimming pool.

YOU’RE A LOAD OF WEALTHY BANKERS

While your banker pals who caused the greatest depression since the 1930s are living it up in the city on champagne,

the people who teach the children,

who nurse the old and infirm,

and pick the rubbish from the streets

are seeing their fuel bills rise every month.

You’re securing the future for upper class middle England, never ever believe that what you’re doing is best for the majority of the country.