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To remind people about Wales' existence

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BeeInYourBonnet Sat 09-May-15 13:33:28

Just listening to any questions, and again all I've heard is Scotland, England, Scotland, England. Not one mention of Wales. I know the main focus is the Scotland/UK question, but Wales IS actually part of the UK!!!!! Unless I've missed something.

The whole election campaign has been the same, save for the odd patronising mention of Leanne Wood (normally in voxpops where the 'welsh' reveal they don't know who she is) and the constant mispronunciation of Plaid Cymru.

noblegiraffe Sat 09-May-15 13:38:55

What about a Northern Ireland? The DUP might end up propping up the Tories.

DuncanQuagmire Sat 09-May-15 13:40:51

I know I used to work for the LibDems and the boss there would talk about 'playd simree' i kid you not

PercyGherkin Sat 09-May-15 14:35:30

"Plyed cuhm-ree" is my attempt to say it. Am I close? I worry that I sound like I'm putting on a comedy Welsh accent. Perhaps it's less offensive to say it wrong in that case?

Anyway, as someone from Surrey I can promise you I'm well aware Wales exists. You're not getting all the news coverage because you're not all voting for PC and no one thinks Wales is about to leave the UK.

badtime Sat 09-May-15 14:38:12

YABU, because NI also exists, and you don't seem too bothered about people forgetting that.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 09-May-15 14:44:52


England is generally used synonymously with UK. You barely ever hear about the other countries in the Union unless the media perceives they are a threat to England.

redexpat Sat 09-May-15 14:47:48

Labour havent forgotten you. its where they do quite well grin

GiddyOnZackHunt Sat 09-May-15 14:56:18

Virtually no mention was made of Wales when the parties were flinging promises around to keep Scotland part of the UK. All the talk was of only allowing English MPs to vote on English issues etc.

But the Welsh only have an Assembly with significantly less power than the Scottish Parliament. English law applies in Wales. So how and where the Welsh would be heard seems to be forgotten.

Dowser Sat 09-May-15 15:13:37

Love Wales . Will be there week after next ;-)

EvilTendency1 Sat 09-May-15 15:14:57

What does Wales contribute to the economy?

Brandysnapper Sat 09-May-15 15:19:31

Wales is only important to politicians when they have their holiday homes there, surely.

DuncanQuagmire Sat 09-May-15 15:23:00

" What does Wales contribute to the economy? "

Steel, lamb, farming and tourism. Used to be coal as well obvs.

ahbollocks Sat 09-May-15 15:23:48

Shhhhhh OP we've got it sweet here!
I dony want them trampling round our lovely country side and beaches and snatching away our prescriptions ;)

* kicks op under table *

FrancesNiadova Sat 09-May-15 15:42:27

Prynhawn Da!

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Sat 09-May-15 15:55:32

and Popty Ping to you all!

GiddyOnZackHunt Sat 09-May-15 15:59:15

Frances - great name! And prynhawn da to you too.

ibitemythumbatyou Sat 09-May-15 16:03:22

YABU, because NI also exists, and you don't seem too bothered about people forgetting that.

Exactly this.

Also every single person I know who is Welsh is fiercely proud of being from there, so meh they and you will always be offended when Wales is not the main focus.

DuncanQuagmire Sat 09-May-15 16:05:45

I do not think we who live in Wales want it to the 'main focus', just some acknowledgement that it exists might be nice.
oh and to the person who doesnt know much about the UK, Wales also has at least six universities which contribute to the economy in their way.

BeeInYourBonnet Sat 09-May-15 16:06:15

"What does Wales contribute to the economy?" Why do you ask?
Are you requiring proof that we have met some kind of criteria to stay in the union? Would that be the Union that England is the boss of?

In which case maybe we could set up some kind of bouncer at the Severn Bridge toll booths. We have to bring proof of our contribution towards GDP before we are allowed over to Bristol!

Apologies to the NI contingent. I haven't forgotten you. Honest.
And sorry ahbollocks forgot about the whole 'low profile' thing. It has its benefits I spose!

tabulahrasa Sat 09-May-15 16:08:59

You should have an independence suddenly reminds the UK you're there, at least that's how it seems from here, lol.

hackmum Sat 09-May-15 16:14:28

OP, the constant mispronunciation of Plaid Cymru really irritates me too. It's not even as if it's hard - we're not asking people to say Rhosllanerchrugog.

For anyone interested - the "Cym" is pronounced as in "come" not "coom".

These are people who would make absolutely certain that they pronounced a French or German word correctly.

DuncanQuagmire Sat 09-May-15 16:16:00

The refusal to make the effort to pronounce Welsh words properly is some kind of ingrained anti Welsh arrogance.

EvansOvalPiesYumYum Sat 09-May-15 16:20:09

Matthew Wright always says Plaid Coomri. I yell at the screen every time. You'd think he'd have got it right by now - he claims to love it and spends a lot of time there. Gah!

EvansOvalPiesYumYum Sat 09-May-15 16:22:23

In fairness, Duncan - some Welsh words can be a bit tricky. But agree others that are in regular use, like Plaid Cymru, are not difficult to learn.

Celeriacacaca Sat 09-May-15 16:22:25

Shhhh OP. Let them all spend hours going to Cornwall for the beaches...

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