Saturday, 5th December, 2009.

A New Broom?

     So we have a shiny new First
Minister.   Well, we haven’t,
actually.   We still have the old
one.   ‘Cos Big Rhodri has not yet stood

     And, when the new First Minister – Carwyn Jones
– is allowed to take of the glorious post, will there really be any

     Down in the Westminster Debating Society,
Gordon Brown has sung Carwyn’s praises loud.  
Clearly, the Unelected-By-Democratic-Vote Prime Minister intends to have
a close relationship with the Unelected-By-Democratic-Vote First Minister.

     Can you see any England-based political
party letting go of the strings which it uses to make its Assembly politicians

     Gordon Brown became leader of New Labour
when that nice Mr. Blair got out while the going was good.   When we went to the polls, we knew that if
New Labour won who we would have as Prime Minister.   After that Prime Minister escaped, the new
leader of New Labour bottled out of a proper Parliamentary election.

     Now the same thing has happened in Wales.  
Surely Mr. Jones won’t adopt the New Labour strategy of bottling out of
a democratic election.


More Industrial

   I would have thought that, as New Labour
took on the mantle of the defunct Labour Party, strikes would have been a thing
of the past.   That would be because
Socialist principles would have seen to it that those who produce the wealth
(such as it is) of
Britain would be amply rewarded for their

     Not so, it seems – for now there’s to be
industrial action by the Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers Union.   The
Union covers South Wales and the Welsh Marches.

     So, just before the Festive Period, the workers
Union took a democratic vote – will stop work best part of a week.

     However, their bosses have a Cunning Plan
up their collective sleeves.   It is,
allegedly, a Cunning Plan which will ensure the main-line services in
Wales will be running fairly normally.

     I wonder if that Cunning Plan will be
based on a similar Cunning Plan used by the Postal Workers’ bosses:  to simply bring in scab-labour.

     The fight for democracy is still on, my


The Wind Of Change

     Down in Cardiff, Mootral Ltd. has come up with a splendid
idea.   One which, if carefully handled,
become a great tool to use on politicians.

     Mootral’s idea is to cut carbon emissions
by feeding cattle with specially prepared garlic feeds.   That will, ‘tis said, reduce dramatically
the amount of methane gas produced by cows.

     Now then, here comes my idea for using
such a method on politicians.   If we fed
them with garlic, we could reduce the amount of . . . oh . . . perhaps
not:  it may work on cow emissions – but the
report I heard said nothing about reducing any sort of stuff produced by bulls . . .

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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