Welsh politician Darren Miller had a few questions for his government about recent UFO signings in Cardiff. Miller's questions came from his constituents, and included:
1. 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?
2. What discussions has the Welsh government had with the Ministry of Defence regarding sightings of unidentified flying objects in Wales in each of the past five years?
3. What consideration has the Welsh government given to the funding of research into sightings of unidentified flying objects in Wales?
The questions were sent to Edwina Hart, the Minister of Economy, Science and Transport, and related to the increase of signings near Cardiff Airport, which was recently purchased by the government. The government displayed a sense of humour, and responded by releasing the following statement:
jang vIDa je due luq.
ach ghotvam'e' Ql'yaH devolve qaS
At first glance, it may appear to be gibberish, but when translated into English from Klingon, the playful reply reads:
The minister will reply in due course. However this is a non-devolved matter.
A further translation into conversational English:
We'll get back to you, but this is really a question you should ask the central government in London.
Klingon is the language of an alien warrior species in the Star Trek franchise. Fans have expanded on the language, which has its own spelling and grammatical rules, even translating other creative works into Klingon.
Wales itself is no stranger to UFO sightings; its most famous one occurred in 1974. A bright flash was accompanied by a loud booming sound which lead to speculation that a UFO had crashed somewhere in the norther part of Wales. Scientists at the time concluded, in English, that the incident was the result of a meteor and an earthquake occurring simultaneously.
For his part, Miller responded to the foreign-language release just as playfully, saying "I've always suspected that Labour ministers came from another planet. This response confirms it".
The government has promised a more in-depth response will be released in the days to come. This response will presumably be in English, although no official statement has yet to rule out Vulcan.