Saturday, 3rd April, 2010.

Changing Times

   It seems no time since the leaders of The
Labour Party used to support workers in their struggles against the
boss-classes.   Old Nye Bevan would be
seen marching alongside people who had withdrawn their labour as a protest
against ill-treatment of the workers.  
Recently, we lost another good, principled man, Michael Foot, who knew
what Socialism is and what it stood for.

   The bunch who have donned The Labour Party’s
mantle to convince the daft voters that they still have those principles have
shown by their actions that they haven’t..  
They haven’t stood by those principles;  they haven’t convinced us daft voters.

   Recent criticism of striking workers by
Gordon Brown shows that he is leader of a turncoat gang.   New Labour – as I’ve warned in this column
many times – has nothing to do with The Labour Party.

   So, when the “Labour” candidate comes
a-knocking on your door, ask that candidate one simple question:  “Would
you like to see Clause 4 reinstated?”
If that hopeful says “yes”,
then support for the workers is still alive in some sections of New
Labour.   I the answers “no”, well, you know what to do.

   The answer, more likely than not, will be
something like “What’s Clause 4?”
‘cos that’s the kind of New Labour candidates we’re going to have in May.

   Mercifully, in Wales, one can see Parliamentary
candidates doing their publicity-act in our streets, certainly in rural
areas.   Our job is to convince them that
we’re not as daft as they think.

   Gosh, don’t I seem a dyed-in-the-wool
Leftie?   I’m not – my politics are of
the Extreme Centre!


But Who Will Join

   The Ford Motor Company gave their Swansea factory to Visteon.   Visteon went bust.   Ex-employees will lose half their pensions.

   So they joined in a march on Westminster to protest at the disgraceful way
in which they are being treated.   (For
“disgraceful”, you can substitute “unfortunate” – for that is the word used by

   Wonder if our Welsh marchers were joined by
any politician, of any persuasion or political-party, on their just
protest.   Bet none of my readers can
supply the name of those politicians!


A Greener Wales Is Emerging

   Up in Gwynedd, a couple of attractions –
Coed-y-Brenin near Dolgellau and Green Wood Forest Park, Felinheli – are on the
Green Travel List.   Indeed, they are
recommended as some of the ecologically friendly places in the world!

   This puts Wales firmly on the ecological map.   It also draws the attention of the world to
the fact that our land is not simply an appendage of Mother England.

   The two attractions are there for you to
visit – and Summer’s coming, so, when the weather improves, go and have a look
at them.   I have been, several times, to
Coed-y-Brenin, and will be at Green Wood Forest Park this year.   See you there!


The Mind Boggles

   Now, I know that it is said that the English
Crown Jewels were hidden in a “secret cave” in Aberystwyth during the Second
World War.   That hole is still there
(no, I don’t mean Aber!).   You
can see its entrance not far from the town-centre, and everyone knows its there
– a not-so-secret cave, then.

   Now there’s more startling news from the
town.   Back in the 60s, a
radio-transmitter was discovered in Aber.  
It seems to have been clearly marked “Property of the
USSR”, so our brilliant Secret Service
decided it belonged to a Soviet spy.

   As it was ploughed up by a farmer in a local
field, could it have been buried there for safe-keeping by one of these wicked
Reds-Under-The-Bed?   If so, what the
thump could a Soviet spy find to – well – spy on in a place like
Aberystwyth?!   (No prize is offered for the best
answer to that one, dear reader . . .)

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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