Saturday, 8th May, 2010.

Deal Or No Deal?

     Yes, I know it’s an obvious headline.   But, after the shambles created by the
confused electorate, it applies.

     At the time of writing, the two “major”
parties are snuggling up to Nick Clegg in the hope he will persuade his MPs to
hold hands with either of them.   For The
New Labour Party to have any chance of governing successfully, they must not
only lure the Lib-Dems into a coalition, but also the smaller parties, Plaid
Cymru among them.

     Plaid, of course, will join in such a
coalition . . . if such a coalition happens.  
They joined with New Labour in our Senedd without much comment.

     However, the Liberal-Democrats refused
such an Assembly alliance.   And how
could they – a self-professing “Centre-Left” party – embrace the Tories as
allies?

     We shall see who does what, won’t we . .
.?

 

Mid-Wales Marvels

     And yet there were some interesting
developments in our own land.   Mid-Wales
surprised me more than I would have thought.

     Firstly, I heard that Mark Williams, Lib-Dem’s sitting MP in
Ceredigion, had increased his majority by about eight-thousand.   His was a marginal seat, too, and Plaid had
a great chance of beating him.

     Then, I got news of the ejection of that
great character, Lembit Opek, another Lib-Dem.  
The Tories beat him in Montgomeryshire.  
Sorry to see such a lively character go.   We need more personality in politics.

     The changes seem to be caused by more and
more immigrants coming to our land from over Offa’s Dyke.   They fear Plaid Cymru because they fear the
Welsh language;  they vote Tory simply
because they are disillusioned with New Labour and, as good English folk, do
not understand the opposite of what used to be Labour is not Conservative in
Wales.

 

Meanwhile . . .

     I was shaken when I saw something in a
Welsh newspaper – can’t remember which one – that “The Welsh Guards had taken
Moscow . . .”

     The Cold War, which seemed to have been
abandoned, had hotted up in some way.  
Our brave boys had gone into
Russia and conquered those pesky Reds.

     But no: 
it was simply that the Guards had been on an away-day to see the Kremlin
and been invited to take part in the May Day celebrations.   Smart as paint they looked, too.   And those red jackets seemed to be
appropriate on the day the Workers of the World celebrated their strength.

Archie Lowe

archie.lowe@laughingdragons.co.uk

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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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