The Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch bridge has been officially named and opened in London despite a massive outpouring of opposition to the name ‘bridge’ in the name of the bridge.
Cockney fella Alf Gannet and his Mrs Elsie Gull were among a massive majority of Londoners who were told to put up or shut up by the Minister for names of bridges The Rt Hon Ched R Gorge.
Closer to home Judge Jules (Not a real judge) has been casting her legal seagull eye over a bridge too far closer to home.
One would think after the six nations the banter between the English and Welsh would have died down.
Notoriously controversial Rod Liddle was certainly out to provoke reaction again this week with his brief yet insulting synopsis on the renaming of the Severn Crossing printed in The Sunday Times.
Liddle’s diatribe that stated the Severn Bridge linked Wales with the ‘First World’ has sparked outcry and at least 19 complaints to the Independent Press Standards Organisation. Are Liddle’s comments freedom of speech in a democratic society or are they tantamount to racial incitement?
Unsurprisingly, his comments have revived debate about the casual racism faced by the Welsh. Such comments about another nation would not be tolerated and would inevitably lead to some form of criminal prosecution. That said North Wales Police are reviewing the material to see whether any further action should be taken.
Liddle’s journalistic trolling is certainly rousing debate and ensuring he gets the media exposure he so desperately seeks. As Oscar Wilde stated ‘ There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about.’
Our troll Liddle maybe sitting under the bridge growling as the Welsh pass by, but we unlike the three Billy Goats Gruff are not afraid to cross over the bridge into the welcoming arms of Wales. In fact, I, like many others feel a sense of ‘hiraeth’ when I cross the border back into my homeland.
It is rather bemusing, that Liddle who started his career in Wales, finds such entertainment in the renaming of the Severn Bridge. Rather than berating and mocking the Welsh he should be celebrating the fact that admission to Wales will soon be free – perhaps Mr Liddle would like to use his free admission to come on over for a well needed ‘cwtsh’.