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While most eyes and ears were focused on the headline-grabbing announcements in the November budgetary review by the UK’s aristocratic finance minister, George Osborne, more seasoned observers were analysing the lesser discussed passages in the chancellor’s financial plans for 2016. Thanks to the diligence of Plaid Cyrmu and other interested parties it quickly emerged that the hereditary indifference or antipathy amongst Britain’s metropolitan elites to the indigenous Celtic languages of the island was once again being reflected in aspects of government policy towards the peoples of Wales and Scotland.

The Daily Post carries news of deeper reductions in the budget of the formerly independent Sianel Pedwar Cymru or S4C, the sole public service television channel broadcasting entirely in Welsh, which the Tories have been transferring to the financial control of its anglophone competitor, the dominant BBC, since 2010

“Welsh language campaigners Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg have accused the UK Government of “telling lies” after it announced a 26% cut in its grant to the Welsh language channel despite a manifesto…

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