Saturday, 23rd May, 2009.

Quick Thinking

          I rarely compliment politicians.   But on Monday I was impressed with MP Paul

          On Monday, Mr. Flynn was being
interviewed on “Good Morning,
Wales” about the on-going saga about MPs
fiddling their expenses.   The word
“transparency” came up, of course.

          Mr. Flynn complimented Radio Wales on
its open and transparent way of presenting facts.   Interviewer Rhun ap Iorwerth thanked
him.   Then Mr. Flynn asked him to tell
the nation how much the BBC paid him.

          What a way to stagger an
interviewer!   Needless to say, ap
Iorwerth did not reveal the magnitude of his salary . . .


Vox Populli?

          In my recent travels, I hauled up at
The Creative Café in Narberth.   I’m a
born listener – on busses, on the train, in the streets of

          The chat between two of the people
there – it was not a crowded hour – was about (you’ve guessed it!) the
machinations of politicians.   I find
this sort of discussion all over
Wales these days.   People are confused by the seeming personal dishonesty
of our elected representatives.   And
those people simply do not know what to do to stop that dishonesty.

          I sort of wandered into the
conversation.   It surprised me to find
how far to the Left ordinary people seem to have become recently!   Yes, it seemed that way during the Thatcher
regime, but isn’t our present government supposed to be Leftists themselves . .
. ?!

          The topic of “what can we do now we’re
disillusioned” came up.   And a second
surprise came my way:  the chatting pair
decided that the disillusioned should not simply stay away from the Polling
Stations.   That would show apathy (which
is what the politicos seem to want).

          It was felt – and I have come across
similar thinking elsewhere in
Wales – that, to show that we are not
apathetic, just disillusioned with politicians, we should turn out to the polls
– and spoil our ballot-paper.

          Statistics are kept of such
action.   And the meaning of those
statistics may even penetrate the selfish brains of the corrupt politicians.

          So, if you are confused by
politicians, join us in avoiding apathy and going out there and spoiling your
ballot-paper.   Just write the words “No
choice” across that paper.

          My thanks to Narberth’s Creative Café
for an enjoyable visit and excellent coffee.


The Strike

          Well, how sad it is that the bosses at
South Hook couldn’t find local labour to fill jobs.   That’s what they told the Media, anyway,
when the lads walked out on an “unofficial” strike.

          By coincidence, those bosses made
their statement on the very day when a flyer from the BNP (British Nazi Party)
came through my letterbox.   What a
wonderful world.

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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