Saturday, 22nd August, 2009.

Be Ye Not Deceived

          That we allow a blatant fascist to
live in our land shows the tolerance of the people of
And we give the man the right to complain to the police – in his case,
the Dyfed-Powys force – should he feel he has a grievance.

          However, back before the Second World
War, ordinary, decent people in
Wales took part in battles – physical and
verbal – with those evil elements who promoted the views of Hitler and his

          The British Nazi Party holds exactly
the same views as the Nazis in
The BNP, though, is more cunning (and slimy) in its publicity.   It pretends that it is not anti-everybodyelseintheworld,
but that it is “pro-British”.   And that,
my friends, is what ensnares the minds of its followers.

          Therefore, the fact that a list of BNP
members has been published has caused the party’s leader some
consternation.   For he knows that we in
Wales are more tolerant in our attitudes
to newcomers than he would have us be.

          So do not be deceived by the man
seeming to be indignant.   He and his
fellow BNP members seek to curry sympathy among voters.   If they are proud of their party, why do
they not wear badges in public so that we may see who they are?


Power To The People

          The County Council of Old
Cardiganshire told those under its control that their street-lighting would be
switched off “to save the Council money”.  
I reported on this on 1st August, saying that it would cause
an increase in crime.

          One small village under the jack-boot
of Ceredigion County Council rebelled against the edict.

          The street-lighting of
Pontrhydfendigaid remains on.   And that
was due to sensible and prompt action by the village’s Community Council.

          It is a clear case of local people
having a real say in local matters.   It
is more evidence that the people who live in an area know more about its needs
than those who live further away.   Our
Assembly, for instance, understands more about how
Wales should be run than the bigwigs in Westminster.

          It is worthy of note, though, that of
all the people who live in Pontrhydfendigaid, only one has thanked the Council
for what it has done.

          It may be that the rest of his
neighbours didn’t even know that the County Council had planned such a measure,
of course.   A clear case of keeping
people in the dark . . .

Pigs Might Fly

          Well, they might one day if the new
sport invented down in Pembroke expands.

          Pig-racing was an event at the Really
Wild Food & Countryside Festival this week.   It ranked alongside the traditional Welsh
sporting skills of wellie-wanging and ferret-racing.

          If it takes off, the sport could make
the porkers leaner so that, when we humans eat ‘em, they will be a healthier
morsel.   But I wonder what the Animal
Rights lobby will make of it?!

          The Festival organiser is reported to
have said about the skilfully trained and match-fit racing-pigs:  “They are inclined to be a trifle unreliable in
directional choice and speed, and may just lie down and have a nap before the

          Quite so.

 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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