Saturday, 20th February, 2010.

Seasons Greetings .
. .

     Plaid Cymru – which used to be known
abroad as “The Welsh Nationalist Party” – is holding its Spring Conference.

     As this goes online, I look outside and
see lots of snow.   I look at my calendar
and it informs me that it’s February.

     Does this mean that, when Wales gets independence, Plaid will
become our Government and will – as if by magic – control the very seasons by
which our farming community is guided?  
Or does it mean that Plaid Cymru is unaware of the steady passage of

     And my apologies to any member of that
illustrious party who is offended by my use of the word “independence” – I
realise that it is never used by the current party faithfuls these days . . .


We Won!

trust you will have noticed that I, a total non-sporting person, forecast a win
Wales against Scotland last week.   Do I have the gift of prophecy, or was that
great ending to the match a mere coincidence?

     Well done, lads – and keep on keeping on.


The Class War Still

     Those of us who have always dreaded the
adoption of the English Class System by
Wales have been disappointed this week.

     Once upon a time, rail passengers were put
into three categories:  First Class,
Second Class and Third Class.   This was
in the days of steam, and the classifications changed after
nationalisation.   We ended up with First
and Second Classes.

     Our much respected and loved Members of
Parliament are allowed – currently – to travel First Class as befits their
exalted status.   How could we possibly
expect them to mingle with the hoi-polloi?

     The excuse . . . er . . . reason for them
clinging to this privilege is that they need the privacy of First Class travel
to work on important papers.   Can’t
expect them to do so when their travelling companions are commoners, can we?

     Our Assembly Members, too, are allowed to
travel First Class.   Just imagine how
difficult it would be for an AM to travel from, say, Machynlleth to
Cardiff and have to mingle with farmers and
the like in a Second Class compartment.

     Er . . . but hang on . . . you can’t make
that journey by rail any more.   There is
no direct railway line from North to
South Wales.  
The Tories closed that route in the 1960s.   You have to go via Mother England now.

     Of course, Wales could take some of the profits from
our coal-mining industry and restore our North-South rail-link.   Oh . . . hang on again . . . The Tories
closed our coal-mines in the 1980s.

     Wonder what May’s General Election will
bring . . . ?

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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