‘Will you sink again to the outdated kowtowing?’ Jan Morris had closing message to Mark Drakeford, says son
Journalist and best-selling journalist Jan Morris had the final message for Mark Drakeford, according to their son.
The First Minister of Wales yesterday paid tribute to a repatriated journalist when the news broke that he was dead, at the age of 94. But their son Twm Morys, asked him if he was going back to “throw away the old kowtowing?” on the contrary.
Jan Morris passed away at 11:40 a.m. Friday November 20 at Ysbyty Bryn Beryl in Pwllheli. After his death, Mark Drakeford said: “It’s very sad to hear of the death of Jan Morris. A brilliant writer and a wonderful life. He was a real treasure in Wales. I’m thinking of his family and friends here.”
Twm Morys sent a reply in reply: “Diolch, Brif Weinidog! Jan told me that it was a tweet: One was born Glyn Dwr; some achieve Glyndwrness, and some have a Glyndwrness that compels them.
“What are you going to do next? Were we surprised by the strong blow against Wales when the iron was burning or just stopped going back to the old kowtowing? ”
Twm Morys’ tweet talked about Owain Glyn Dwr, who led a rebellion against English rule and became a well-known Prince of Wales.
Mark Drakeford is a conservative, but he angered 10 Downing Street at times late, for being willing to follow his principles in dealing with the Covid-19 plague.
As the best author of more than 30 books, Jan Morris is perhaps best known for his work as a travel writer. As a journalist, he was known to be the first to mention Everest’s rise to The Times in 1953. He also wrote about the Suez Crisis in 1956.
Born James Morris in Somerset in 1926, he married his wife Elizabeth Tuckniss in 1949 and they have three sons and one daughter – Twm Morys, Henry Morris, Mark Morris and Suki Morys.
In 1972 James went to Casablanca in Morocco to resume sex work. The method was explained in detail in his book Conundrum published in 1974.
In 2008, Jan and Elizabeth announced their intention to remarry if their law permitted. He held a joint ceremony in Pwllheli.
His final book, Think Again, a series of articles, was published in March.
On the day of his death, Twm said: “Writer and traveler Jan Morris embarked on his triumphant journey. He is leaving the coast with another friend, Elizabeth.”
Author Mike Parker observes: “I do not regret it. He has been a source of encouragement and kindness to me for almost three decades. He told me to come to Wales. O Jan, diolch o waelod galon am bopeth. I don’t know what you are like. ”
Author and linguist Patrick McGuiness said: “Jan Morris was great: he was not only a great writer or a great style writer, but also very knowledgeable and a border explorer to the end.”
The National Eisteddfod stated: “It is very sad to hear of Jan Morris’ death today. We send our words of comfort to friends and relatives. He is remembered for his excellent journalism as well as for the author and historian. “