Imagine moving to France or Germany, taking over the management of a local bar, and then demanding that all the customers speak English in the bar or get out? Outrageous no? Such seems to be the situation in a court case being reported in Wales where an English landlord is on trial after threatening and banning Welsh-speaking customers from his pub in a Welsh-speaking region of Wales.
From the Daily Post:
“A pub landlord brandished a gun in his own bar after a row with customers who’d been told not to order drinks in Welsh, a court heard.
Gareth James Sale, 26, denies possessing a firearm – an air rife – with intent to cause fear of violence at the Royal Oak, Penrhyndeudraeth in the early hours of June 18 last year.
Outlining the case at Caernarfon Crown Court today prosecutor Sion ap Mihangel said Sale, originally from Bedfordshire, and his then partner had taken over as temporary licensees at the pub.
Both were from England and didn’t speak Welsh.
Sale told police he’d drunk eight units of vodka and his partner “significantly more” between 3pm and midnight that day.
Mr ap Mihangel said: “He described her as being argumentative with locals.”
He said Sale’s partner confronted locals and “told them to order their drinks in English.”
“She became very aggressive and it eventually culminated with the Welsh drinkers being told to leave.”
Mr ap Mihangel said: “The defendant left the bar area and went upstairs later returning carrying a gun in his hands.”
Witness Alys Owen said she’d gone out for a drink with her partner Philippe Murphy and heard the landlord and landlady telling locals not to speak Welsh by the bar and not to order their drinks in Welsh.”
Another example of the attitudes born of Anglophone supremacism. Of course it is only a few years ago that Irish-speaking employees were banned from speaking their own language in a foreign-owned Gaeltacht-based company in Ireland until threatened with legal action. I myself have experienced discrimination in the workplace because I have used Irish, including being ridiculed by a former manager and told that I shouldn’t be working or living in Dublin if I wanted to speak “…that language”. I have also been attacked in public for even the most casual use of Irish by those who object to its very existence. Or perhaps more accurately the existence of those who speak it or those who don’t speak it but who still identify with the language and regard it as their own.
- Jamie Bevan, An Inspirational Fighter For A Welsh Wales (ansionnachfionn.com)
- Militant Versus Supplicant (ansionnachfionn.com)