Saturday, 24th April, 2010.

What They Don’t Say

     I asked a passing Plaid Cymru
Parliamentary Candidate a simple question about why the “I” word wasn’t being
mentioned in his party’s current campaign.

     He told me that Independence was mentioned in his Party’s
Manifesto.   I asked why it wasn’t being
mentioned in public.

     “Well, people can read our views on
independence in the Manifesto, and are welcome to ask questions” he told me.

     I wonder what percentage of the poor old
electorate ever read party manifestos.  
Those weighty documents take a lot of time to read and understand.   That is the nature of – and reason for – the
blessed things.

     Have you, dear reader, ever read one?

     If Plaid is still striving for Welsh
independence from Mother England, that seems to be a pretty big issue.   So why not set it as one of the primary
points of Plaid’s political aspirations?


However . . .

     . .
Plaid has the right to be angry over their exclusion from the televised
debates.   So have the other minority
parties who have MPs in

     Could it be that the three “main” parties
are trying to hog the limelight for themselves in order to have a UK Parliament
all to themselves?

     I note that all over Wales there are local hustings, where
each of the local Parliamentary Candidates will have equal exposure.   I urge everyone in our land to attend those
hustings – even if it’s only to see which of the potential MPs is the daftest.


Flights Of Fancy

     In this lovely weather, the skies above Wales have been vapour-trail free.   I commented on this last week.

     Then – out of the blue –
Those-Who-Know-What’s-Best-For-Us suddenly discovered that their
scientifically-based assessment of the Icelandic ash was a bit off the
mark.   Indeed, a 747 took off from
Heathrow this week to test the amended assessment.   It landed, quite safely, at

     That gave Wales a great opportunity to let the
world know where we are!

     There is no truth in the rumour that, as
the 747 entered Welsh airspace, a blue police-box appeared at
Cardiff airport and was on stand-by should
difficulties arise.


More Denials

     At last, unity among the rivals vying for
glory in the forthcoming Parliamentary Elections here in

     The whole lot of them have issued a joint
statement in which they deny that the sewage spill which polluted Llyn Padarn,
Llanberis, this week is nothing to do with their speechifying.

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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