Saturday, 27th February, 2010.

A Hole In The Net

     Some readers may recall the Welfare State
being set up in the 1940s.   Great and
good men like Aneurin Bevan were involved in its creation.   They saw that, for too long, ordinary folk –
those who produced the wealth of
Great Britain – had been subjected to poverty and
even starvation should they lose their jobs.

     That loss of work could be for reasons of
“getting the sack” for a trivial offence like frowning at a boss, for bosses
simply laying off workers to save expense, and for illnesses which afflicted so
many working-class people.

     So the Welfare State became a safety-net
which would help those who fell on hard times.  
The safety-net aspect has remained a popular belief even up to current times.

     My friend John has worked hard and long
for many years.   He has been
self-employed, and he has provided for his wife and children.   Now, he finds himself unable to work due to
illness.   And, of course, having paid
his National Insurance stamp regularly, he expected help from the Welfare

     Five medical specialists have provided
written evidence that John cannot work.  
So the office-wallahs in his local Social Services office say they do
not believe that he cannot work.

     That’s because they seem to have lost the
written evidence which John provided.

     It will take John – an ordinary bloke – a
lot of energy and a lot of perseverance to make any headway on his claim.   And this at a time when he really does need
that safety-net.

     I shall sight another such case next week.

     Meantime, please remember that, if you
hand over any document to anyone in the Social Services, you need to get a receipt.   Office-wallahs seem to take pride in losing
things – though not, of course, their jobs .
. .


Beneath The Mantle

     Anyone with half a brain knows that The
New Labour Party is a sham.   The
Right-Wing infiltrators who took over our Labour Party only wear the mantle of

     Now, former-rebellious youngster, Peter
Hain, is trying to snuggle up really close to Plaid Cymru in order that he and
his New Labour cronies can hang onto power.  
Because power brings wealth.

     I trust that there will be many members of
Plaid Cymru who see through this ploy.  
For Plaid to enter into an alliance with a political party which is
controlled from
London, England, would seem to be a negation of its desire for
Welsh independence.

     Oh – sorry:  I forgot that “independence” is rapidly
becoming a redundant word in Plaidspeak.  
Oh – sorry:  I forgot that Plaid
entered into alliance with New Labour after the last Senedd election.

     Funny game, politics.


Two Decades On

     I well remember seeing on telly the
flooding along the
North Wales coast in February, 1990.   It was
a devastating experience for those people whose homes were ruined by the rising

     Kimmel Bay, Towyn and Pensarn bore the brunt
of the tragedy, though the event is often referred to as “The Towyn Floods”.

     Now, twenty years on, doubt is being cast
on the work which has been done to prevent another disaster occurring in the
same area.   One wonders how many other
parts of our coastline have adequate sea-defences.   One wonders if the
Westminster government has taken the matter
seriously – after all, it’s only
Wales . . .

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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