Buy, Buy, Buy – And
Well, the Festive Season is in full
force. Mind you, the earliest reported
“Christmas goods” on sale in Wales was at the end of August!
Our shopkeepers are hoping for a big boost
in retail profits over the next couple of weeks, then come the January sales.
I trust you, like myself, will support
your locally-owned retail outlets and let the big boys – owned by
goodness-knows-who – sort things out for their international selves.
The pressure’s on us – the ordinary people
of Wales – to spend as much cash as possible. And this is at this time when we’re also
being reminded of the birth of Jesus in a lowly stable and of his living a life
which was not that of a moneyed person.
Why does that Biblical phrase keep coming into my head: “The love of money is the root of all evil”?
To cope with all our extra spending, we
have been carefully encouraged to go into debt. “The money has to come from somewhere” the
money-lenders impress upon us. And we
mugs fall for it. Buy now, pay later
and all that.
So, even in these financially tough times,
we stay well away from Christmasses and Solstice celebrations and whatever else
we enjoy which do not involve materialism.
What happened to simple goodwill and love and happy chats around the
fireside? Has this Slump taught us
It seems that my report last week about
the immigrant lady querying the use of a Welsh name in a “Guess The Name Of The
Teddy Bear” competition set a few hares
A friend of mine passed the story on to a
Plaid Cymru Assembly Member. She
replied that she didn’t know what to say, but thanked me for highlighting it.
A transatlantic friend of mine reminded me
of the struggle of French speakers in Quebec.
They argued that, as the majority of people in that Province were
first-language French, then that language should be made the first language of Quebec.
It was a long and hard-fought battle.
But the French-speakers won.
I am not suggesting that Cymraeg is the
majority-language here in Wales.
But should we not be doing a lot more to let the world – and those who
wish to move here (or are here already) – that it is a living, vibrant
language? We cannot let them wallow in
How Clever Are We?
A good point was made to me recently by a
friend who lives in Cardiff.
He is a Welsh patriot, and feels that our Assembly – if it is to become
anything – must be granted more powers.
“The Westminster bunch won’t even let us make our
own laws without vetting them first,” he said.
“Seems to me that MPs think we Welsh are too stupid to run our own
Then a grin spread across his face.
“But, of course,” he smiled, “Wales has, at least, it’s own embryo
government. Westminster rates our intelligence higher than
that of the English – they haven’t even got their own Assembly yet!”