Williams Hywel D
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Hywel D Williams
Williams was a Communist Party member, active at least in the 1950s and 1960s, who resided in Rhigos, Aberdare,
A great supporter of the Welsh language, Williams wrote an article for the internal Communist Party journal `Comment’, published on December 11th 1967, which illuminates some aspects of how the 20th century Communist Party adjusted to an increasingly more nationalist position with regard to
Entitled "Has the Welsh Language a Future?” the piece sparked some controversy in the Communist Party, reflected in later editions of `Comment’, especially riling a small minority of members in
Williams pointed out in his response that there were two weekly newspapers published in Welsh, `Baner Ac Amserau Cymru’ and `Y Cymro’, which were as progressive as any English periodical outside of Marxist publications. He also stated that it was his understanding that Hugh MacDiarmid Scottish Poet and Communist "can read and speak Welsh".
In a nod to criticisms of some aspects of Plaid Cymru policy and more extreme stances going beyond that, such as violent attacks upon English incomers and holiday home owners, Williams also noted that: "Many zealous Welshmen, whilst campaigning for freedom of expression for the language, sharply disagree with the official line of the Welsh nationalist Party.”