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That this House condemns the proposals by the Welsh Office Minister, the honourable Member for Neath, to replace Wales's noble Red Dragon with a red kite which is nothing more than a thieving scavenger; notes that the dragon has been, sincethe reign of King Vortigern in the 5th century, an exotic, fiery and powerful symbol, in whose name Owain Glyndwr fought the English in 1400, which provided Henry VII's motto at Bosworth Field 'The Red Dragon is our inspiration' and under whose colours thousands of soldiers of the Royal Welch Fusiliers died in two world wars; disagrees with the honourable Member's idiosyncratic view that 'Modern Wales is about Manic Street Preachers and Catatonia'; questions both his judgement and knowledge of Welsh history and culture; deplores the considerable public expense which the banning of the Welsh Dragon will entail; and suggests that the Red Dragon will be remembered and loved long after the honourable Member for Neath and the Manic Street Preachers have been forgotten.
Total number of signatures: 29
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leave out from 'House' to end and add 'noting that the honourable Member of Neath has expressly and publicly stated that there is no question of replacing the Welsh flag or the Welsh Dragon, but that it will continue to fly proudly for Wales over the National Assembly for Wales and instead that consideration is being given as to what might be an appropriate symbol for the Assembly; also notes that the House of Commons has in the portcullis a symbol which is different from the Union Jack and that the Assembly may or may not wish to have a different smybol from the Welsh flag; regrets that Conservative honourable Members have displayed their total ignorance of both Welsh politics in suggesting that the Welsh Dragon might somehow be banned by the Welsh Office, and the success of excellent, internationally renowned Welsh rock groups like the Manic Street Preachers, Catatonia, 60ft Dolls, Stereophonics and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci; and congratulates the honourable Member for Neath for his acknowledgement that they are indeed part of the modern and dynamic face of the New Wales which is going from strength to strength under the Labour Government.'.
Total number of signatures: 13
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