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Saturday 11th of July 2015
In one of the most bizarre Cardiff-related news stories in recent memory, a Welsh minister has received a response to a formal enquiry in a fictional language. Darren Millar, Conservative Assembly Member for Clwyd, North Wales, submitted a query to the Welsh government over UFO sightings at Cardiff airport, after a discussion with one of his constituents. Mr Millar demanded to know how many reports there have been of unidentified flying objects at the airport, as well as finding out the nature of any discussions between the Welsh government and the Ministry of Defence.
As if this story wasn’t strange enough to begin with, Millar was shocked to receive a seemingly nonsensical email reading: “jang vIDa je due luq. ‘ach ghotvam’e’ QI’yaH-devolved qaS.” After referring to a translator, the statement was found to be in the Klingon language, which belongs to an alien race in the popular sci-fi franchise Star Trek. The statement translates roughly as “The minister will respond in due course. However, this is a non-devolved matter”. It is thought to be the first time that the fictional language has ever been used in official government correspondence. A Tory spokesman was quoted as saying: “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.” An opposing assembly member was less kind, however, declaring that “The only extra-terrestrial life seen near Cardiff recently seems to be Darren Millar”.