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1 March 2017

Theresa May broke into Welsh and the internet is outraged

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi hapus, as the Prime Minister often says. 

By media mole

Clearly Theresa May hasn’t risen above the shame of that Times shoot in which she was branded an “out of touch with the people elitist £995-trouser wearer”. It’s taken a while for an opportunity to help dispel the myth. but three months on the moment arose, and the Prime Minister grabbed it with both hands. 

Responding to a question from Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies regarding the safety of Welsh interests within the UK, May signed off by wishing all members of the House – not the people of Wales, obviously – a happy St David’s Day. In Welsh.

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The polls aren’t in yet to determine the success of May’s crafty plan among the Welsh electorate, but it’s fair to say on the Twittersphere – the most important medium these days anyway as we can’t be trusted to vote properly – it didn’t go down too well.

But let’s be fair, how did she really do? Well, the fact so many of her fellow Welsh-speakers pricked up their ears and took to Twitter suggest it was at least something resembling the real thing, even if spoken with the wide-eyed stare of a rarebit in headlights. However, not all were in agreement as to how accurate the delivery was. 

Personally, your mole is more concerned about the delivery of next month’s Brexit negotiations, but took solace in the fact May received an approving nod from the chancellor – and kudos to Hansard, who got it right first time. 

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi hapus, got another leek to investigate.