|Huw standing out|
The press review on this morning's Andrew Marr programme discussed an Observer report on the ongoing controversy in Wales over what to call the Welsh assembly.
Those inclined to the nationalist side of the debate favour using only the Welsh word 'Senedd' - pronounced 'Seneth', as the Plaid Cymru leader told Andrew Marr this morning after he'd pronounced it phonetically - while those of the other persuasion prefer the bilingual option of 'Senedd/Welsh Parliament' (a position being campaigned for by former Labour First Minister Carwyn Jones).
Andrew pointed out the photo of his BBC colleague Huw Edwards towering over the article but didn't explain why Huw was looming over it. So I checked the Observer piece for myself, and it turns out that Huw Edwards has been channelling his inner Naga and giving his view on the matter:
“I’m not in a position to comment on the politics of this, but I can certainly say I’m rather puzzled by the proposal. Senedd is now widely established and understood as the name of the democratically elected body in Cardiff Bay. Senedd has strong historical resonance as the word for the representative body assembled in 1404 by Owain Glyndŵrr, the last native prince of Wales.
“It is not a complex word. There’s none of the usual guff about being ‘difficult to pronounce’ [Craig - try telling that to Andrew Marr!] , which is always an excuse not to use Welsh in some quarters. It is a Welsh word for the principal democratic body in Wales. What exactly is the problem?”
Post-Naga, I'm sure Huw has nothing to worry about. I'm quite sure he won't get into trouble over this.