Saturday, 8th August, 2009.

Why Pick On Us?

          The Scots are allowed to do it.   The people of Ulster are allowed to do it.   The Channel Isles have been doing it for
years.

          But somebody has deemed that the
people of
Wales cannot possibly left to do it for
themselves.

          Law-making, that is.

          Every time our Senedd wants to make a
law specifically relating to Wales, our democratically elected representatives
have to go cap-in-hand to Westminster – and, for all I know, to Her Majesty The
Queen of England – to ask them to agree to that law.

          So what kind of devolution do you call
that?

          Of course, having a First Minister who
belongs to The New Labour Party must count for something.   It could not be – could it? – that Big
Rhodri and his cohorts are controlled by
London.  
Because, of course, New Labour has its headquarters in that place.

          Maybe we should consider voting for
someone, some party which has its H.Q. here in
Wales.  
Then, whatever mess those people make of things, at least we’d know that
it would be our own Welsh mess!

 

A Happy Affair

          “What’s all this I hear about mice?” a
holiday-maker asked me.

          I had to explain things to her.

          All those people up in North Wales were not walking on mice.   They were walking on Y Maes!

          It’s so good that, each year, the
people of
Wales get together in peace and harmony
to enjoy the traditions of our land.   Y
Eisteddfod Genedlaethol is a grand time for celebration of all things
Welsh.   People com together simply to
have a good time, with no punch-ups, no animosity – and oodles of genuine
talent.

          (Alas, the adjudicators felt the
talent was not up to scratch this year.)

          Next year, the same good humour and
massive tea-drinking will be in the South.  
And, should you who have the misfortune to live outside
Wales hear news reports, no – it is not a
traditional pastime in our land to stamp on little furry creatures.

 

Whew!

          Well, after all the worries we
jazz-fans had, the Brecon Jazz Festival  is on this weekend.

          It’s demise would have been a great
loss to
Wales, and a bit of an insult to the late
Gorgeous George who gave the Festival so much support in years past.

          So, fellow fans, stomp on down this
weekend – and bring your brollies!

Archie Lowe

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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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