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Get rid of all the translators; VIEWPOINTS.

WELL, we have just heard about pounds 6bn of cuts, and an awful lot more to come...

I had never been to Cardiff Bay, so while we were in Cardiff it was the same price to go on a bendy bus to the Bay, so we went there.

The Millennium Centre is a magnificent building, the Bay is very nice and you can go on a boat trip.

We walked in to the National Assembly building while they were debating. I could see all this security - you had to give in your watch, your mobile phone, take off your coat, go through a metal detector. The plate in my arm set it off.

I wouldn't have bothered but other family members said to go in. I was told I had to be quiet; I was warmly welcomed by a big shush from another security guard.

We were then told we could listen to the debate on headphones, press for English or Welsh. I found it very boring but other family members were following the debate, about tourism. Then we left. It seems they do their work on laptops while the debate is going on. Perhaps they find it boring, too.

The Welsh Assembly Government translation service (as of March 3, 2009, figures) employs 31 translators, English/Welsh, Welsh/English. The cost for 2007/2008 was pounds 1,595,393.

Cut out all the translations, we can't afford it...

Richard Shurey Penygraig, Tonypandy
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 3, 2010
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