Saturday, 15th May, 2010.

What’s In It For Wales?

     That is the question I ask so often when
it comes to politicians and looking after our land.   Therefore, one wonders why a “Middle-Left”
political party should join forces with a little-bit-Right-of-Centre-Right
party as part of the
UK government.

     Back in history, the Lib-Dems refused to
join with the New Labour Party to form a coalition in our Senedd.   Plaid Cymru took up the offer and, fair
play, the New Labour/Plaid gang have not done too bad a job in
Cardiff Bay.  
(Though one has to mark their exam-paper with “Could do better”.

     So, apart from political chicanery, why
would the Lib-Dems side with the Tories – who wrecked our
railway-infrastructure, closed our pits, and made it easy for our industries to
“relocate” abroad?

     But the daft old electorate has a short
memory.   After all the hype we’ve had
over the past umpteen months, we voters are sick and tired of the same old
promises being trotted out, the same old facial expressions – confident,
concerned, etcetera – being used.   We
have forgotten already that Plaid Cymru was denied a place in the television
debates:  “Main Three Parties Only” said
the sign on the door.   (And who decides
which of the parties should be deemed to be one of that “Main Three”?

     After the dust settles, let us – the
people of
Wales – remind ourselves often of this
period of our history.   Let us remind
our friends and neighbours, too.   For
the politicians relish the fact that we have such short memories . . .


Spread The Word!

     I was pleased to hear of the progress of
the work on the new, improved Food Hall at the Royal Welsh Showground.   Here in
Wales, we produce some of the greatest
food anywhere in the world.   As a
“cheese-buff”, I seek out the best Welsh cheeses wherever I go – and I am
rarely disappointed.

     Welsh lamb is (he said without fear of
contradiction) the best in the world.  
And we don’t do too bad at producing great vegetables, either.

     So the rehashed Food Hall will put our produce
where it should be:  slap-dab in the
middle of our land.   It will draw the
attention of the world – certainly that of our neighbours across Offa’s Dyke –
to the fact that, when it comes to feeding people Royally, we in
Wales know our stuff.

     When you visit the Showground, I would
recommend a stroll round Builth Wells, too – I know of some very nice
eating-spots in that neat little town.


Girl In The Middle

     I would not like to be in the shoes of
Elin Jones, our Minister of Rural Affairs.  
Her heart is pure Welsh, and she cares about our land.   But she is receiving flak from both sides of
the bovine TB argument.

     Allowing a badger-cull brings criticism
from the animal-rights people.   To
refuse to allow the cull makes the farmers angry.

     I do not know what the link is between
badgers and bovine TB.   I feel there is
a grey area in the perceived information.  
We need to know the full facts.  
And I’m sure the Minister has agonised over her decision.

     I encountered some protesters recently.   They were totally convinced that the
slaughter of badgers was unnecessary.  
England, they told me, injections are being
used to curb the problem.

     The question which we, the electorate,
should be putting to the Minister is “If in
England, why not in Wales?”

     Meanwhile, all over our land, badgers are
being killed illegally and their bodies dumped by roadsides to make their
deaths look like road-kills.

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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