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The snobbery of the crachach is at the very heart of all that is wrong in Wales
Columnist Aled Blake has a swipe at an elite in Wales he reckons is as damaging as any public school elite in London
What is the greatest impediment to Wales progressing as a nation?
Is it the endemic poverty so deeply ridden in our old industrial communities?
Is it the unfair funding formula which means Scotland gets many more millions than Wales?
Is it the fact that our ancient language and culture have been so dominated and marginalised since the Age of Conquest?
Is it the chronically awful transport links? The desperate state of our health service? The under-performing schools system?
It’s certainly all of these things to varying degrees of importance.
But it’s also a lot more.
Because holding us back from the creation of a progressive, liberal, equal society – the sort of society I’m sure most right-thinking people aspire to be a part of – is the mindset of a select few.
The self-select, self-serving elite of Wales.
The crachach: the cabal of we-know-what’s-good-for-you rugby-supporting men, yes men I think they’re usually men, in positions of power, influence, or self-appointed importance in Wales.
In London, in the Cabinet, in the offices of Whitehall, they have the dominance of the public school-educated old-boys club elite to deal with.
The latest shots in the ongoing debate over privilege and the existence, or otherwise, of a meritocratic society were fired between Rhondda MP Chris Bryant and the singer James Blunt this week.
It made for entertaining reading, but also underlined the serious problem that exists – where some people get ahead because of how they were educated, not because of who they can be.
The issue’s a little different in Wales.
And I have no tangible evidence, no stats, no documentary proof of the dark influence wielded by the crachach.
All I can say is I know it’s there. We all, surely know it’s there.
Working in the media, you get a good flavour of the thought processes of the elites, however. And Twitter is a handy little live gauge for to tune into.
It’s the sneering, “that’s not a story” attitude that comes from a few worthy figures who revel in their own form of snobbery.
You see it every week. Every day, in fact.
The other day it was a perfectly valid story about a public figure’s expenses bill.
Earlier this week our brilliant, varied, lively, newsy, website, WalesOnline had the temerity to liveblog the opening of a new pub.
It was largely well-received, well-read, and was of interest for the community it was targeted at. We kind of know this because in this new world of digital technology we can measure those things.
It was a way of providing news to that community, the kind of news that’s always been done, in a new and interesting way.
But it also led to the predictably sneering comments of those who think they know best, those who think the Welsh media is there for their own ends, those who think stories that interest people are stories that are devaluing public debate; or in that hackneyed cliche: dumbing down.
They are the people who feel they have some divine right to drive the news agenda – that what interests them, or what they feel is important, is of importance and interest to everyone.
Sometimes it is, sometimes it should be. Most of the time it’s plainly neither of those things.
Of course, the journalist is there to be shot at.
It’s par for the course.
You produce something, and someone can criticise it.
And that’s fine. It’s what it’s all about. It’s fun at times.
It’s when the criticism comes from the snooty and aloof crachach, that it deserves shooting down.
The attitude towards the story about a new pub opening in a down-on-its-heels town in the South Wales Valleys betrayed a type of institutionalised snobbery that is as damaging in Wales as any Hooray Henry member of the Cabinet.
One of the things drilled into me as a trainee journalist on the Merthyr Express 14 years ago, was the primacy of people in a story.
That primacy still exists. It always will. It extends beyond the trivialities of news stories, beyond the bubble of Cardiff Bay and into the real world.
The problem is the crachach, in whatever amorphous form it exists, thinks it knows what’s best.
And that’s why the crachach is at the very heart of all those problems, and more, that remain so deep-rooted and unaddressed in Wales.
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in the interest of accuracy material in the main text in blue was written by someone other than myself.
When in black text the wording ‘Welsh Language’ means the ‘Language of the peoples of Wales’ and is therefore the majority language ie ‘English’
The ancient language of parts of Wales, varied as it is, as spoken by a tiny minority in Wales is called ‘Welsh’ or ‘the ancient Welsh language’
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