Saturday, 21st November, 2009.

Are We Thick?

     It seems that Westminster government – and, for all I know,
The Queen of
England – believes that the people of Wales are too twp to be able to run their own affairs.

     If we want to start making our own laws,
we must have a Referendum.   It will be a
costly process, of course.   And we’ll
have all sorts of groups running amok in our land trying to convince us to
decide for ourselves.

     If we are to be trusted sufficiently to
vote “yes” or “no” via a ballot-box, are we not equally trustworthy of making
our own laws for our own land already?

     And, as history has taught us, freedom to
run one’s own life is rarely given by those who control our
lives.   That freedom has to be taken.   Revolution, anyone?


That Which Was Lost
. . .

     . .
is found.   It was languishing in a
cupboard in the Council offices in Llandrindod Wells.

     The “it” concerned is some jewellery which
was left to the Council – so the story goes – by a well-wisher.   And the office-wallahs discovered that it
had gone missing.   Panic was the order
of the day.   It was suggested that it had
been stolen.

     Then, when the offices were being
relocated or tidied up or repainted or whatever, down in the vaults was
discovered . . . a cupboard.   I would love to say that the discoverer
opened it and found a long passage leading to a mysterious land.

     But no – there, in that very cupboard, lay
the jewellery safe and sound.

     One would have thought that things of
value – even those in the safekeeping of Councils and office-wallahs – would be
deposited in a bank.   Or, at least, in
the same drawer as the tea-kitty.


Signs Of The Times

     Recent weather conditions have caused
havoc in our land and beyond.   Our Welsh
hearts must surely go out to our friends up there in Cockermouth.   We, too, have suffered from storms and
floods, both recently and in the past.

     Emergencies caused by adverse weather are
nothing new.   Nor – if my memory serves
me – is the current situation any worse than other years in the past.

     However, despite modern technology and
long-range weather forecasts, we still seem to be unprepared for such sudden

     We in Wales have come to rely on the
emergency-services – who do a terrific job, by the way – and government
planning to sort things out for us.  
What ever happened to self-reliance?

     I will tell you the answer to that
question.   We have been carefully
conditioned to rely on
Nanny State to bail us out whatever

We rely on
Big Brother to look after us.

     Alas, even the phrase “Big Brother” has
been commandeered by those who seek to control us and it now means “a form of
mediocre entertainment which keeps the Proles in their place”.

     Let us, the people of Wales, return to the old way of preparing
our homes and our families for emergencies which might strike.   Let us, the people of
Wales, recognise and build upon the fact
that we are still close-knit communities.  
For we are clever enough to run our own lives and to help our neighbours
in times of trouble – and we do not need a Referendum to tell us that!

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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