Saturday, 25th April, 2009.

Let Us Now Remember
Great Men

          The death of Jack Jones should serve
to remind us of our history.   Jack
fought hard to bring about equal opportunities for all people.

          When he’d confronted governments as a
very active Trades Union leader, his retirement was not one of sitting watching
telly and talking about times past.  
Jack was a “pensioners’ rights” activist, and he marched for that cause
with as much dedication as he’d supported workers’ rights.

          Where are there, in these morally
impoverished times, people who will stand up for the working-class?   Where are people who we can follow?   Certainly not among the “leading lights” of
The New Labour Party.

          Jack and his work must be remembered.


          There is a Royal Mint in
Llantrisant.   Indeed, some wit once
called the little town “The Hole With The Mint”, a most unfair appellation.

          The Mint – despite its name – belongs
to you and me.   But there are plans to
“privatise” the place.   Those plans have
been made by The New Labour Party. A leader of the now-defunct Labour Party
once told the Tories that, whatever they privatised, Labour would
re-nationalise.   That was said before
Clause 4 was scrapped, of course.

          One must, therefore, pose the
question:  “Is Her Majesty The Queen Of
Jolly Old England going to be the private buyer of The Royal Mint?”   Because, that way, the word ‘Royal’ can be
kept in the place’s name.

          Otherwise, it must be know as
something like ‘The Umbatungoland Mint’ and have an advertising slogan of “We
make money out of making (cheap and nasty) money”.

Wales Feels The Pinch . . .

. .
 and has been doing so for some
time now.   We are one of the most – some
would say the most – impoverished part of the
British Isles.

          Alistair Darling’s Budget seems to be
a mishmash of measures which have no particular direction.   Well, except the direction which The New
Labour Party in
Westminster wants to take us:  that of borrowing money to get out of
debt.   (Yes, I don’t understand that,

          None of the Budget changes seems to
help us in
Wales not one jot nor one tittle.

          So I will repeat what I so often
say.   If we in
Wales won the right to run our own land,
we know that mistakes would be made.  
However, they would be our own mistakes: 
mistakes of the people of
And the get-at-ability factor would be applied to our AMs – we could
chase ‘em and tell ‘em what we think of them and their policies when we see ‘em
in the shops or at the marts.

          And that would be a great advance
towards democracy.


Archie Lowe


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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