When a Welsh Tory Assembly Member (AM) asked the Welsh Government questions about UFO sightings over the Cardiff airport and other parts of Wales, the Welsh government chose to answer in the fictional language of the villainous alien Klingons from the TV series Star Trek.
Tory Assembly Member (AM) Darren Millar, for Clwyd West, addressed three questions to Edwina Hart, the Minister of Economy, Science and Transport, about claimed UFO sightings and the Welsh Government’s response to the reports.
“Will the Minister make a statement on how many reports of unidentified flying objects there have been at Cardiff Airport since its acquisition by the Welsh Government?
“What discussions has the Welsh Government had with the Ministry of Defence regarding sightings of unidentified objects in Wales in each of the past five years?
“What consideration has the Welsh Government given to the funding of research into sightings of unidentified objects in Wales?”
In response to the questions, the Welsh Government replied, “jang vIDa je due luq. ‘ach ghotvam’e’ QI’yaH-devolved qaS.”
The translation of the Klingon language text being, “The minister will reply in due course. However this is a non-devolved matter.”
The government also told Millar to expect a full response in earthling language — Welsh or English — to the questions on July 15.
“It is believed to be the first time the Welsh government has chosen to communicate in Klingon,” the BBC commented.
Surprised at the trivializing response to his inquiry, Millar retorted, “I’ve always suspected that Labour ministers came from another planet. This response confirms it.”
An Assembly source responded to Millar’s comment that “Labor ministers came from another planet,” quipping, “The only extra-terrestrial life seen near Cardiff recently seems to be Darren Millar. Perhaps instead of spending time and wasting Government resources asking questions about UFOs he should be fighting for the very real concerns of his constituents.”
A government source also explained that the Klingon language response was issued to the local media by a press officer who meant it only as a joke.
But despite the denigrating response from the Welsh Government, Millar could justifiably consider the questions he asked as addressing issues of “real concern to his constituents.”
A 2012 poll in the U.K. found that “52 percent [of residents] believe UFO evidence has been covered up because widespread knowledge of their existence would threaten government stability.”
According to The Huffington Post, the poll found that more U.K. citizens believe in ETs and UFOs than in God. UFOs and aliens are hot topics in the U.K. and the mainstream media in the U.K. cover news related to UFO sightings extensively due to public interest in the subject.
A Tory spokesman, who spoke in defense of Millar, said “Darren tabled these questions after being contacted by constituents. It’s nice to see a busy ‘Assembly source’ keeping close tabs of his work. Perhaps they’d like to comment on everything else he does for his constituents – and as shadow health minister across Wales – as well.”
Open Minds-TV’s Alejandro Rojas notes that U.K. government officials have often used ridicule to downplay citizens’ apparent concern about the subject of aliens and UFOs.
Rojas cites a tweet by Nick Pope in reaction to the Klingon language response to Millar’s question.
Pope, a freelance journalist and former U.K. Ministry of Defense (MoD) employee (1985-2006), who worked for the British government from 1991 to 1994 on a project investigating UFO sightings, tweeted, “Replying to an assemblyman’s question on UFOs in Klingon is a great way to ridicule the subject. I did similar things at the MoD. Qapla’.”
“Qapla’,” according to Rojas, means “success” in Klingon.
In a 2011 interview with Lee Spiegel for The Huffington Post, Pope alleged that government officials used “spin and dirty tricks” to discourage the media and public from taking the subject of UFOs seriously.
“To really achieve our policy of downplaying the UFO phenomenon, we would use a combination of ‘spin and dirty tricks.’ We used terms like UFO buffs and UFO spotters — terms that mean these people are nut jobs. In other words, we were implying that this is just a very somewhat quaint hobby that people have as opposed to a serious research interest.”
In line with Pope’s allegations, some UFO investigators who consider their work on the subject as “serious research” have often accused the U.S. government of sponsoring online UFO and alien hunters who promote outlandish alien/UFO sightings claims and conspiracy theories as part of a campagin of disinformation to ridicule legitimate investigators and investigations.
In the interview with Lee Spiegel, Pope said that despite the strategy of using ridicule to downplay the subject of UFOs and aliens, the U.K. government has actually conducted investigations with “serious research interest.”
“Every time we got a report from a pilot, we were checking the radar tapes. So it was an interesting sleight of hand. We were telling the public we’re not interested, this is all nonsense, but in reality, we were desperately chasing our tails and following this up in great detail.”
It is clear that the Welsh Government’s response in Klingonese to the questions about UFOs was calculated to trivialize and ridicule. That is why UFO and alien researchers needn’t hold their breath in anticipation of a considered response on July 15 to Assembly Member Darren Millar’s questions.