If you’re puzzled as to why there was so much anger as to Neath Town Council’s (@NeathTCouncil) initially unexplained removal of the Welsh flag — and its equally unexplained substitution of the Union Jack (AKA the butchers apron) — then you probably need a lesson in Welsh history and culture.
Despite Tory defence minister Gavin Williamson erroneously calling Wales a ‘principality’ — click to see an epic wince by Jonathan Edwards — Cymru is, in fact, a nation. Yet it is a nation that in no way is represented in the swaths of symbolic colours and sentiments on and in the “British” flag. The union jack, like the misnomer principality, denotes seven centuries of usurped rule by an English king along a lineage of imposed provocation and domination.
Hence why the inexplicable lofting of British nationalism near ruins and relics of Neath Castle belies unconscious alliance and obedience, of captivity confused with identification.
Pa flwyddyn yw hi, 2018 neu 1818? Yr Union Jack yw baner y Welsh Not, hil-laddiad yn Affrica a’r India, a phob person a mudiad sydd wedi bod yn erbyn addysg, statws a phaech i’r Gymraeg fel iaith a Chymru fel cenedl.
Apparently, flag-gate was all just a mistake — the Red Dragon was damaged; and there was no replacement (??) in town. ( Tynnwyd hi lawr ar gyfer tân gwyllt cyn y ‘Dolig.) Still, I can think of other banners that might have been flown instead of an uncomfortably automatic recourse to the icons of imperial rule.
Still, after a blast of social media inquiry, the town council listened to the complaints responsively; and y Ddraig Goch is back up at Neath Castle. Diolch yn fawr am wrando. 🏴
Dyma sy’n cyhwfan yng Nghastell-Nedd heddiw. Baneri’r Undeb a Dewi Sant. Ma’ Neath Town Council wedi dweud wrtha’i bod Draig Goch newydd ar ei ffordd gan fod yr hen un wedi ei difrodi.