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No. 32 Sept. 1958

Editorial Comment

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A sympathetic L C C education com-
mittee took the trouble to confer with
Dr Haydn Williams, Flintshire's direc-
tor of education, about the venue
several times.
The headmistress at Hungerford Road
is herself a Welshwoman, Mrs Elizabeth
James. And the wife of a L W A council
member, Mrs Heulwen Jones, a native
of Pontardulais and trained at Barry,
will teach the children, who will come
from all parts of the metropolis.
IT A director Mr Jenkyn Alban-
Davies has bought a 20-seater bus to
transport the scattered young pupils:
one pick-up route runs from Forest
Hill, via Peckham and the Elephant &
Castle, and on through Farringdon
Street to King's Cross. Other gathering-
points take in Streatham and Chelsea
and Shirland Road. Both headmistress
and teacher are giving up a week's
holiday to get the scheme under
way.
What an example all this enthusiasm
must be to the 5,549 parents in the
Ebbw Vale, Abertillery and Nantyglo,
and Blaina urban areas who since 1955
have asked the Monmouthshire educa-
tion authorities to teach their children
'the language of heaven' in their local
primary schools. Doubtless these parents
are aware of the longterm advantages
of'the bilingual mind'.
Lost Lieutenant ?
LORD RAGLAN has invited a barrage of
words on his coat shoulders. Never-
theless this aristocrat of 73, a man
of intellect and moral courage, has
a fine record. His published works
include The Hero (a study in tradition,
myth and drama), Jocastas Crime (an
anthropological study), and If I were
Dictator.
By not taking his place at the Ebbw
Vale Royal National Eisteddfod of
Wales, 1958 and by boycotting the
British Council luncheon-party in a
pavilion there, and afterwards referring
to Welsh as 'a foreign language' to
pressmen, he caused a tiny 'Monmouth-
shire Rebellion' all of his own. The
repercussions of this 'fall-out' are likely
to be parliamentary.
Perhaps the trouble with the noble
Lord is that as an intellectual he in in-
sufficiently philosophical in his reason-
ing when he comes to defending his
precipitate action?
He claims that he is the Lord Lieu-
tenant of an 'English' county. But he
had, he admitted, been present with 12
other Welsh Lords-lieutenant at the
invitation of H M Government to a
reception at Lancaster House recently,
where they all received thanks-and no
doubt praise-for services rendered to
the Principality.
Again, his son and heir is on the
Reserve of the Welsh Guards, of which
regiment he is obviously proud.
'Wales' now invites Lord Raglan to
defend his controversial standpoint in
its pages. As President of The National
Museum of Wales, as historian, folk-
lorist, and guide to Valley visitors at his
home, Cefntilla Court, Usk, he is well-
equipped for the job.
For we Welsh people, among whom
he resides, would like to be proud of
him, too.
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