Some hills are worth dying on. This is probably not one of them.
A Welsh driver issued with a £60 parking fine written only in English is refusing to pay.
Arwyn Groe received a parking charge at a car park in Llangrannog, Ceredigion, in July and has now been told the fine has been passed on to debt collectors.
I don’t have a lot of time for these parking management companies. All too often they are a bunch of sharks. However, this is just downright silly. It went to court but was thrown out because the parking company didn’t turn up. This isn’t unusual and this is where it would normally end. However…
According to Welsh-language pressure group, Cymdeithas yr Iaith, the company is now pursuing Mr Groe through a debt company for the same reason.
This could get interesting.
The vice-chair of Cymdeithas yr Iaith Tamsin Davies said: ‘It is clear that neither the owner of the car park nor the company running it have any respect for or interest in the Welsh language.
Why should they? They are based in Worthing and while they deal with sites in Wales, Wales is a bilingual country and no one outside of the place has the slightest interest in this ridiculous language that stopped properly developing long before I lived there. I recall locals talking in Welsh and was able to discern the subject matter because of the frequent use of bastardised English (usually the standard English word with ‘io’ added to the end) where the local tongue had no suitable words. All these people are doing is keeping an inconsequential language alive artificially – it’s been brain dead for over a century. No, really, no one cares but the obsessives determined to keep it alive. The fact that the ticket was written in English is only an issue because these people have nothing better to worry about. In this instance, I’m with the parking company. And now that it’s with the debt collectors, the costs will rise exponentially.
‘One campaigner has been to court after refusing to pay an English-only fine, and the company has decided not to listen. ‘Private companies are not under an obligation to provide any Welsh language provision so they don’t.
‘Supermarkets and banks have told us many times in the past that they will not provide any services in Welsh until they are obliged to do so by law.
Indeed. And why should they?
‘So the answer is obvious – the current Language Measure needs to be extended to include private companies. And it is about time to do that.
Fuck off. Or should that be fuckio offio.