LABOUR DODGING CALLS FOR ST DAVID’S BANK HOLIDAY – SAY TORIES

The Council's HQ at West House - the "Westminster" of Penarth - had no Red Dragon flying from any of its five flapoles today

11:00 am March 1st 2016: The Labour-controlled Penarth Town Council had not a single Red Dragon Welsh flag flying from any of its five flagpoles at its West House HQ in Stanwell Road  today – St David’s Day.  The only reminders that it was Wales’s National Day were a dozen daffodils which. by chance. had bloomed just in the nick of time alongside the main entrance.

Penarth’s Conservative Assembly Member Andrew R T Davies – says today a Welsh Conservative Government would fully support, endorse  – and press for –  the introduction of a St David’s Day Bank Holiday.

Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies speaking in the Welsh Assembly today

Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies speaking in the Welsh Assembly today

Davies who is Leader of the Welsh Conservatives and represents South Wales Central which includes Penarth has pledged to “work constructively, and effectively, with the UK Government in the hope of utilising public holidays more effectively for the people of Wales”.

The Conservative Party says today say polling has consistently shown a strong level of support across Wales for a St. David’s Day Bank Holiday and say the idea has been “repeatedly, and passionately, endorsed by Welsh Conservatives”.

Scotland already has a bank holiday for its patron saint –  St. Andrew – and Northern Ireland has a bank holiday for St. Patrick but in Wales it’s just a day like any other – particularly, it seems, in Penarth .

Neither Penarth Pier Pavilion's flagpole or the jackstaff at the end of the pier bore a Welsh flag today.

Bare poles : Neither Penarth Pier Pavilion’s flagpole or the jackstaff at the end of the pier bore a Welsh National Flag today. There was no St David’s Day event on at the Pier Pavilion either.

Looking around Penarth today  it appeared that neither of the two Labour administrations in both the Vale and the Penarth Town Council were too bothered about it being Wales’s National Day.

Not only was there no national flag in evidence at West House the HQ of Penarth Town Council in Stanwell Road, – there was also no Red Dragon hoisted at either end of Penarth Pier and nothing at all being held at Penarth Pier Pavilion to mark St David’s Day . As usual Ffotogallery at Turner House, which belongs to the National Museum of Wales was closed and there was nothing arranged to mark the day there either .

The Welsh Labour Government's First Minister Carwyn Jones has remained tighht lipped when asked about a St David's Day Bank Holiday

The Welsh Labour Government’s First Minister Carwyn Jones has remained tight-lipped when asked about a St David’s Day Bank Holiday

The Conservative Party  today accuses the Labour Welsh Government of  “evading” giving a response when asked how many meetings the First Minister Carwyn Jones has had concerning the designation of  St David’s Day’s as a national  Bank Holiday.

The Labour controlled Welsh Government was due to have responded on February 25th – but hasn’t done so

Andrew RT Davies said today  “A St David’s Day Bank Holiday could act as a global showcase for our nation; and provide people across the country with a unique opportunity to celebrate our identity. It would be a fantastic way to celebrate our national day; equally providing a significant boost to Wales’ international reputation and tourist industry.

He said “Sadly, Labour Ministers have repeatedly failed to make the case for our national day to be marked in this way. Labour’s inaction is symptomatic of a Government which has run out of ideas, and is complacent with the wishes of the people of Wales.”

"A host of golden daffodils" - Wales's national flower flourishing this week at the junction of Hazel Road and Lavernock Road

“A host of golden daffodils” – Wales’s national flower flourishing this week at the junction of Hazel Road and Lavernock Road. There are none on Penarth’s clock roundabout in the Town Centre.

 

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14 Responses to LABOUR DODGING CALLS FOR ST DAVID’S BANK HOLIDAY – SAY TORIES

  1. EH says:

    Not sure about the bank holiday idea, but it’s pretty shameful about the lack of flags, isn’t it!

    • Philip Rapier says:

      Andrew R.T. Davies is a little out of date with his terminology as usual. This is not surprising and entirely consistent with his 19th century Trumptonian vision of a Camberwick Green Ye Olde Vale of Glamorgan. What Andrew means, I suspect is probably a Public Holiday which is by Royal Proclamation only on recommendation of the UK P.M. not the Wales First Minister as this would cause great Constitutional dificulty for Her Majesty.
      Andrew really needs to talk to David Cameron .
      Why should Banks have their own Holiday anyway they work no harder than anyone else? No one has the “right” not to go to work on a Bank Holiday any more anyway.because of both Conservative and subsequent New Labour complicity in Anti Trade Union Legislation.
      A subversive Silent Minority of unpleasantly, stealthy Union Bashers under Tony Blair blocked the the last attempt to create a St David’s day holiday. I would suggest Andrew give Dave a ring but— as they disagree on the E.U. Referendum, Modernisation of Local Government in Cardiff and The Vale and just about everything else it might be more tactful for him to leave until after June 23rd

      • A local Penarth Resident says:

        “A subversive Silent Minority of unpleasantly, stealthy Union Bashers under Tony Blair blocked the the last attempt to create a St David’s day holiday”

        No wonder you don’t write greeting cards anymore?

  2. Frank (yawn) Bird says:

    Oh dear Penarth!

  3. Its a shame we don’t have St David’s day as a bank holiday – but then again the English don’t take time off on the 23rd April (St George’s Day). Sounds like a good idea and at least it would focus minds at the council and remind them to put the flags out.

  4. sjleworthy says:

    Penarth has a distinct lack of sheep too

  5. Chris Franks says:

    Come to Dinas Powys – we have the Dragon and St David’s banner both flying over the Parish Hall.

  6. Daft o dull says:

    Another public holiday for the public sector. I am surprise at ANDREW RT!

  7. RetailGuru says:

    No need for a bank holiday, just another excuse for more time off from lazy public sector workers!

  8. Martin gossage says:

    Flags up at 1pm .Wales always want what they think England have got .England do not have a bank holiday on national day .Neither do Wales .What’s the problem!?

  9. anne says:

    Plaid Cymru have been calling for St Davids day to be a holiday for Years. Disgrace there has been no celebration at all. What a missed opportunity. Look at the success of St Patrick’s day.

  10. Jean Thomas says:

    IF YOU HAD LISTENED TO BRO RADIO YESTERDAY BETWEEN 1 AND 3 PM JUST ABOUT EVERY OTHER SONG WAS BY A WELSH SINGER.

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