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Welsh Government responds to UFO inquiry in Klingon

Posted on 2015.07.20 at 13:15
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LMAO! check this out. Here's part of the text:

Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar had asked for details of UFOs sightings [in the vicinity of Cardiff]and asked if research would be funded.
A Welsh government spokesman responded with: "jang vIDa je due luq."
The Welsh government statement continued: "'ach ghotvam'e' QI'yaH devolve qaS."
In full it said it translated as: "The minister will reply in due course. However this is a non-devolved matter."
It is believed to be the first time the Welsh government has chosen to communicate in Klingon.

I'm so glad someone has a sense of humor. Btw, what is a Shadow Health Minister?
And it's in Cardiff? I'm thinking Captain Jack Harkness and Torchwood may be involved in this!


spiced_wine at 2015-07-20 20:24 (UTC) (Link)

First I was going to say 'Are they sure they weren't apeaking in Welsh?' but although I don't know Welsh, I know it when I see it.

A 'shadow' minister is from the opposition, e.g. the party that came second in the general election. So they basically have the same titles as the actual ministers, because they would be in that post if their party had won, except they're 'shadow' ministers.
elfscribe5 at 2015-07-21 08:13 (UTC) (Link)
Right, Klingon is funnier. (Such a geeky thing to do -- very cool) Okay, good to know. So, does a shadow minister have any power? Like how does that work? Are they just there poised to go into action if their party wins?
keiliss at 2015-07-21 16:23 (UTC) (Link)
His main job, besides staying up to speed so he's ready to take over should his party come to power, is to keep an eye on what his government counterpart is doing and make a lot of noise about what s/he is doing wrong.

And possibly learn Klingon.
elfscribe5 at 2015-07-21 21:58 (UTC) (Link)
and make a lot of noise about what s/he is doing wrong. I could have guessed that. LOL. Is it a paid position? How does someone get the job? i.e. who appoints them? I find this concept fascinating.

And possibly learn Klingon *giggles* Yep.
keiliss at 2015-07-21 22:43 (UTC) (Link)
I assume it's the same as here, because we use the British system - the Leader of the Opposition appoints the shadow ministers from amongst his party's Members of Parliament, so that's where their salary comes from.

Would be nice if a sense of humour was a prerequisite for the job - politicians tend to take themselves waaaay too seriously!
talullahred at 2015-07-20 22:32 (UTC) (Link)
I think it's the person of the opposition who works on the same brief... Don't know, we have another word for it.

The news was hilarious!
elfscribe5 at 2015-07-21 08:14 (UTC) (Link)
It's an interesting concept and I wasn't aware of it before. I really enjoyed hearing that and the fact that it made the news was even better.
heartofoshun at 2015-07-21 03:18 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so very much for sharing this. I needed a good laugh.
elfscribe5 at 2015-07-21 08:15 (UTC) (Link)
My pleasure. :D
chaotic_binky at 2015-07-21 13:25 (UTC) (Link)
That was fun :)

elfscribe5 at 2015-07-21 21:56 (UTC) (Link)
It's good to know some government officials have a sense of humor.
ignoblebard at 2015-07-22 21:00 (UTC) (Link)
"It is believed to be the first time the Welsh government has chosen to communicate in Klingon."

So do other governments usually communicate this way?

This is funny. Shows someone there has a sense of humor.

aglarien1 at 2015-07-23 03:00 (UTC) (Link)
Love it! LOL!
elfscribe5 at 2015-07-23 04:42 (UTC) (Link)
Reality can be more fun than fiction.
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