Most of us would have come across anti welsh language folk in our time, especially online where people often make a comment and run away before they are proven wrong.
This week there has been an unusually high volume of anti welsh posts due to what has been reported in the news and some papers. I clicked on a few of these profiles and found nearly all wasn't even welsh.
This gave me an idea…
I had some spare time on my hands so I decided to do some of my own unscientific research.
I used my own programming skills to make a few scripts to scan twitter and a few other websites and visited a number of Facebook pages looking for debates on the welsh language.
I then visited the profiles of all of these people. If their location wasn’t clear I done a bit of scanning to determine the locations.
For other people who I couldn’t determine the locations for I had to bend some rules to get their ip addresses and some times home addresses.
After I logged the numbers I deleted all the data I had on these people so no names or addresses are traceable.
What I found shocked me a little…
Of 1608 comments logged from 809 unique people..
442 -53% were from English people living in England
297- 36% English living in Wales
54 -8.6% were welsh people
4- 0.49% northern Irish
2- 0.24% united states
7- 0.75 australia
Please note that the percentages may be a little off as my maths is as bad as my English.
What this tells us is 88% of negative comments aimed at the welsh language are from English people.
I long suspected that most were from non-welsh folk but that number shocked me.
I done a bit more digging and found 91% of the positive comments were from people born in Wales.
This isn’t scientific at all and shouldn’t be taken to seriously but for me, it confirms what I know and what nearly all polls have told me.
The Vast majority of welsh people are proud of their language if they speak it or not. It belongs to all of us and we should protect it.
The opinions of the people that matter is what counts.