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New Minister Ed Vaizey boasted last night that the Tories gave the Welsh nation the Welsh language Channel S4C.
Yes, but under duress. Before history is fictionalised on Norine Dorries' blog let's recall the facts. I was there as Chair of the Broadcasting Council of Wales in 1979 when the new Tory Home Secretary Willie Whitelaw announced that there was to be no S4c. I resigned. No-one in government was impressed.
PM Thatcher was reading Irish History for the first time. She learned that support for Irish Republicanism multipied when they had martyrs who had been executed after the Easter Rising. Plaid Cymru leader Gwynfor Evans embarked on a farewell tour of Wales. He vowed that if no S4C channel was established he would starve himself to death.
Thatcher surrendered in order to deny Wales a martyr and avoid unrest. The politics of S4C run deep. Far too complex for Ed Vaizey to understand.
Who speaks for Wales?
Well not the Welsh Affairs Committee. It has a Tory Chair and half its members are Tory - one from Redditch. That's not how Wales voted in May. The vote was 9 Tory MPs, 26 Labour and 5 others. The Welsh Secretary is under attack for refusing to call a meeting of the Welsh Grand Committee. Its last meeting was chaired by a Tory. The Grand Committee's existence in at the whim of the Tory Secretary of State. It does not represent the views of the people of Wales.
What we need is an autominous body with all Welsh members as members that can call its own meetings and make its own decisions. Soon such a body will be convened. I have written to all Welsh MPs:
Welsh Parliamentary Party"
"The WPP is probably more representative of the democratically expressed views of the people of Wales than the Welsh Affairs Select Committee or the Welsh Grand Committee. It may have a significant role in expressing views on issues of national importance.
"The WPP is a unique parliamentary institution that was formed in 1888. Membership traditionally has included all MPs representing constituencies in Wales. In recent years the body was responsible for making appointments of MPs to the Courts of National Library of Wales and the National Museum.
"The WPP in 1995 successfully proposed and sponsored a change in Commons Standing Orders to enable the Welsh Grand Committee to meet in Wales and use the Welsh language."
"Traditionally the senior Welsh MP convenes meeting of the WPP. That is Ann Clwyd. I am the only remaining officer as secretary. The previous chairman and treasurer are no longer MPs."