Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Tryweryn: City of Liverpool apologise

Last pupils of Ysgol Capel Celyn (Picture: Gwyn Evans, Y Bala)

From the BBC
BBC Wales can reveal that Liverpool council is close to making a formal apology for the drowning of a Welsh valley almost half a century ago.

Party leaders on the city council have agreed the wording of an apology to go before the council on 19 October.

Although many say that it's bit late in the day, it can only a good thing. It's not really reasonable to lay the blame on the current councillors of Liverpool as they would have been young children at the time, but what happened at Tryweryn is very symbolic of Wales being 'used' by England and 'Cofiwch Dryweryn' (Remeber Tryweryn) is a slogan very much in use today. The name Tryweryn has become a by-word for injustice, and was probably the starting point for modern day Welsh nationalism. It's probably one of the best examples why proper devolution was/is required. At the time every single MP in Wales (even the Tories!) opposed the drowning of a whole community.

Here's more info from the Natinal Library's Ymgyrch! site.

In Pictures: The valley drowned fro a reservoir
Letter's, photo's amd Pamphletes from Gathering the Jewels website
Remember Wales (BBC)


Blogger Toque said...

Inwonder whether Wales will apoligise to England for imposing Foundation hospitals upon us?

10/15/2005 7:24 am  
Blogger Rhys Wynne said...

While I agree that Welsh (or Scottish) MP's should no longer vote on English on issues, I wasn't aware that every single English MP had voted against Foundation Hospitals!
Will any whole communities have to be removed to build any of these hospitals?

10/16/2005 4:59 pm  
Blogger Toque said...

It was a facile comment. I think Liverpool should apologise, not to Wales, but to the people affected. Welsh MPs should apologise to England.

English wards are being closed down because Foundation hospitals are over-budget. How do you measure the detrimental affect on England of a failing healthcare system against the destruction of a small community? You can't. So why apologise for one and not the other?

10/19/2005 10:26 am  
Blogger Rhys Wynne said...

As Foundation Hospitals only affect England (for now) I must admit I know very little about them, apart form the fact that they're not very popular. Whoever voter for them (a lot of Welsh and Scottish Labur MP's I gather) were probably thinking they were doing the right thing (although we are talking about Labour MP's here!).

It may be a worthwhile excersie for CEP to letter Welsh MP's of all parties asking them to abstain from voting on any further England Only issues, and asking them for an explanation why if they're not prepared to do this. You may get support from Plaid Cymru MP's and even Tory one's (don't know about Lib Dems). I'll ask friends o fine who are members of PC if there is a party policy on this, and if not there maybe should be one as a matter of principle.

10/19/2005 11:49 am  
Anonymous Rhian Lisa said...

In my opinion, Liverpool should definetley apologise to Wales! what they did was totaly wrong.. they disturbed the people who wer living ther and also the dead that were burried!
I visited Tryweryn with my school last year and it was such a sad moment to think about all the lives and memories that had been stolen! There is no excuse for not apologising as Liverpool dont even use the water suply!

peidiwch gadael hon digwydd eto!!!

12/27/2006 3:01 pm  

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