Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Campaign for a Welsh internet domain.

A new campaign calling for a '.cym' domain for the Welsh language and culture has just launched. A .cym domain would allow Welsh websites or websites about Welsh culture to use .cym instead of .com,, .net . It would also make it possible to have email addresses ending with .cym


The campaign must show that it has strong support before important meetings in London and Brazil next month where the body responsible for deciding which domain names should exist (ICANN) will discuss whether or not to allow other minority languages and cultures to follow Catalonia's lead (they successfully campaigned for a .cat domain) and have their own domain names.

If you would like to see the Welsh language and culture acknowledged on the World Wide Web then
sign the online petition.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Anti-Welsh Labour Party

After some research, this blog can reveal that New Labour is the only main political party in Wales without any regularly updated Welsh language content on its website.

When we visited the site of the British Nationalist Labour Party, and put the word "Cymraeg" into the search engine a message appeared saying, "Sorry, your search was empty".

Dafydd Morgan Lewis, national organiser of Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg, the Welsh Language Society, said:

"The lack of the Welsh language on their website is a reflection of the party's lack of commitment generally to the Welsh language."

"Since 1999 we have lobbied the National Assembly quite often, but on all the occasions when we have held meetings there, no members of the Labour Party have ever turned up."

"I am not a Conservative supporter, but these days we have a better understanding with the Conservatives than we do with Labour. They are the only party refusing to back any aspect of our call for a new Welsh Language Act."

A Plaid Cymru spokesman said:

"Labour's lack of Welsh on their website shows their contempt for the Welsh language. For all their warm words in the Assembly chamber, when it comes to action, they do nothing. They say they can do, but they don't do and won't do."

"Plaid Cymru believes in parity between the languages of Wales and our website is fully bilingual."

This is further proof that the Labour Party has taken over from the Conservatives as the most anti-Welsh political party in Wales.