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.
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 .
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 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.”