Saturday, 22nd October, 2016

Rebellious Words

     In talking with a friend, the subject turned to Welsh independence.   He’s a staunch believer in our nation making its own decisions, so we often – well, always – drift into that subject.

     There is much fuss going on, apparently, to ensure that the Welsh language is being taught in schools in Wales – and that sufficient time is devoted to its teaching.   In some schools, particularly along the Marches he tells me, Welsh lessons are regarded by the teaching staff as something of a joke.

     I think it’s true to say that many parts of our land are English-only areas.   Welsh died out – stamped out! -in these areas decades, if not centuries, ago.   The Marches, of course, have been infiltrated by English immigrants from time immemorial.   And, these days, many retired folk from our Eastern neighbour make their homes there.   That’s understandable:  our scenery is wonderful.

     And, as I constantly hear from English monoglots in Welsh-speaking areas, “English is the language of commerce all over the world“.

     So is speaking Cymraeg (Welsh) simply an act of rebellion?   It’s said so in some places in Wales – and, as a learner – I tend to agree.

More Independent Thoughts

     The “rebellious Scots” (the label still applies after centuries!) are shouting about having another Brexit referendum for Scotland!   We in Wales must keep an eye on their thinking.

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Saturday, 15th October, 2016

Again for technical reasons, Archie’s column will not be published this week.

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Saturday, 8th October, 2016

A Plaid Cymru Victory!

     I can do no better this week than to start by asking you to watch this video.   Wasteminster’s “Welsh Secretary” makes an accusation, and – in my opinion – Leanne Wood makes him look a complete fool.

Remembering Our Past

     We should never forget the tragedies inflicted on Wales by the greed of the rich.   The Aberfan Disaster, though it happened half a century ago on the 21st of this month, thankfully remains in the memories of The People of Wales – and rightly so.

     I understand that Karl Jenkins has composed a special choral work to commemorate the event of 1966.   It’s going to be performed in our capital at a special concert on 21st October.

     Let us never forget.

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Saturday, 1st October, 2016

Hidden Treasure

     There’s a move to close Swansea Museum.   If that happens, it will be a great loss.   We all need reminding of our past so that we can understand our present and plan for our future.

     However, I heard that the staff there have discovered a long-lost painting hidden away somewhere.   I have neither seen nor heard anything about who hid it, nor why no record of its existence was kept.

     And the piece of art has turned out to be worth a LOT of money!

     So that might be a good reason to keep Swansea Museum open.   If an important work like that has been stored therein, somebody must rate the place highly.

More Monetary Matters

     It came as a surprise to me that The Party Of Wales received a massive donation from an Eastern gentleman – was it Gadaffi? – a few decades ago.

     It seems, though, that nobody in Plaid Cymru remembers that gift coming into the coffers.   The amount was rather large, too:  seventy-five-thousand pounds or so I hear!

     Two questions spring to mind.   Firstly:  why should that particular gentleman be disposed to help the cause of Plaid?   And secondly:  where are the records of his cheque being cashed?

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Saturday, 24th September, 2016

The Changing Face Of Wales?

     A friend commented to me that “Wales isn’t what it was”.   Well, that was a wondrous piece of philosophical observation.   “What does he mean?” I wondered.

     No Owain Glyndwr?   No Welshmen being hit by arrows in the middle of Hereford?   Or was this something more basic?   I asked him.

     He told me that he’s been to the Republic of Ireland a few times and noticed while driving narrow country roads that, if he pulled in to allow someone to pass him, the other drivers nearly always acknowledged his courtesy by letting their double-flashers blink a couple of times.

     “That sort of politeness has disappeared here in Wales,” he moaned.

     And, come to think of it, it has.   He has suggested that independence from Mother England – which is what the people of Southern Ireland have – might be a good step towards bringing back traditional Welsh politeness!

     Hmmm – I shall have to think about that one.   If it could be true, I shall ask Plaid Cymru to include it in their publicity.

Even In Wales . . .

     . . . we seem to be tainted by terrorist fears.

     This week, a man in Cardiff has been arrested on charges of stirring up terrorist activity.   And our police are still searching for other evidences of potential terrorist activities.

     Yes, it’s happening in cosmopolitan Cardiff.   That’s a big city.   So most folk who live in the vast expanses of rural Wales are, perhaps, not concerned.

    But I have been told that “these prospective terrorists have to live somewhere, and out in the countryside is a safer place for them than in the middle of one of our big cities“.   A case of build your bomb in the Cambrian Mountains and carry it to your target, then.

     Perhaps we should all be alert – but not nosey!

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Saturday, 17th September, 2016

For reasons beyond my control, there will be no Weekend Wales Watch this weekend.

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Saturday, 10th September, 2016

Health Problems

     Here in Wales, our NHS is said to be “in crisis”.   This crisis is in local areas where GPs are really under stress trying to keep up with the increasing number of patients waiting for appointments.

    The answer is simple:  more money should be spent on these local surgeries to provide more specialists on call.   That would take a lot of pressure of our GPs.

     The Wasteminster government is already selling off bits of the NHS to private companies.   But such companies have one purpose:  to make money.   So it’s difficult to imagine them putting more funding into any part of the NHS unless they are sure a greater financial reward will be gained by doing so.

      Therefore, somehow we must ensure that our Assembly Government takes proper care of our NHS, and ensures that the money needed to take the pressure off GPs can be found.

Employment Problems

     Workers at the Ford factory in Bridgend are concerned about their future.   The American-owned company is about to curb its manufacturing of engine-parts.   So, quite rightly, the unions are asking the management how safe their members’ jobs are.

     No answer is forthcoming presently.   But, if there is less work, there will be fewer jobs.   And that will throw hard-working members of our community onto the dole.

     The fault lies not in our people being idlers and scroungers – it lies in the fact that work is being transferred abroad.   And that is to places where pay and conditions are far worse than those in Wales.

Brexit Problems

     Carwyn Jones – he’s our First Minister if you recall – is in the USA erstwhile to promote Welsh businesses.

     He will also be mentioning what could happen unless the “United” Kingdom is very careful when it leaves the EU.   It seems he’s worried about the break-up of the UK.   Perhaps he will not say so openly, but that would seem to mean that he is opposed to Welsh independence.

     Many of The People Of Wales believe that, if we were allowed to run our own country, we could do a darned sight better job that us being told what to do by Wasteminster.

      Think about it:  if mistakes are made by a genuinely independent nation, they will be the mistakes of the people of that nation, and not by some distant body which supports causes other than each nation making its own decisions.

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