Saturday, 18th April, 2009.

The Climate Crisis

     I hear from time to time that there is not
a Climate Crisis;  that weather changes
happen in cycles;  that it will put
itself right.

     Well, the tornado which hit Newport on Thursday is but one example of
such happenings.   Tornadoes, in
Wales as well as in other parts of Britain, are becoming more common.   Older people tell me that nothing of this
kind happened in years gone by.

     And yet we, as a nation, have not really
done very much to help the planet recover.  
Our Assembly must push us into real action.   Those we elected to serve us at
Cardiff Bay must show us the example they are


Spending Spree?

     One way in which our beloved Assembly
Members could set an ecological and, indeed, and economic example is to stop
spending our money on unnecessary schemes.  
If you take a wander around Aberystwyth, you will see a new edifice
rising.   It is the “new Assembly
building”.   It will be very posh.   There’ll be all sorts of offices within its
costly walls.

     Yet just you try and find somebody who
lives in the town who thinks it’s really necessary.   Surely, the building they have in
Cardiff is big enough to not only contain
the AMs and their staff, but a couple of flocks of sheep and a herd of cows.

     If the alumni who represent us want to
have the occasional away-day in Aber, there are plenty of empty shops in the
town these days.   And, even when the
economy picks up, I’m sure a local farmer could accommodate the good and the
great in one of his old barns.

     Come to think of it, the Members might
feel at home in a stall where bovine creatures have lived . . .


Happy Signs

     I travelled through the Marches over the weekend (keeping to the
West of Offa’s Dyke, of course).   There
was a lot of traffic on the roads, even on the narrow back-lanes.

     As I drove further to the West through
Mid-Wales, I noticed that there seemed to be fewer “Vacancies” notices outside
B & Bs and pubs.   The sun was
shining and our land looked beautiful and blessed.   (It always looks that way to me, but you
know what I mean.)

     I felt that there would be smiles on the
faces of those involved in our tourist industry.   And the statistics for the holiday-weekend
showed that I was right.   We have had a
good start to the Summer, so let us smile and hope that our success will
continue – ensure that the visitors know that we keep a welcome.

About Archie Lowe

Though not born in Wales, I have lived and worked here for many years now. I love the place and love that mercurial thing "Welshness". I have been accused of being "a Taffophile" - which is pretty near the truth. The question I ask whenever some idea comes up for the whole of the UK is: "What's in it for Wales". I believe in an independent Wales and am so pleased that our Assembly is a big step on that road.
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