Saturday, 29th May, 2010.

Another First For Wales!

     There was dancing in the street of Wales on Monday when it was revealed that
we had scored yet another first.

     Yes, we are top of the places in Britain to suffer under the ConDem alliance
as they swung the axe and cut public spending.  
We must remember this act by the
Westminster government.   We must teach them it as part of their
history, alongside the Tory destruction of our railway infrastructure and the
Tory closing of our productive mining industry.

     We must teach them, too, which party
joined the Tories in the current alliance.


More To Teach Our

     Our Minister for Education says that
higher education has become “the last resting place of the crachach”.   Universities and Colleges will be taking in
the offspring of richer people only if we do not work to stop that happening.

     Wales still remains a classless society,
though that good attitude is being eroded by immigrants from over Offa’s Dyke
who bring their English class-structure with them.   Our communities know which of their
neighbours has the money, of course!  
But the acquisition of material wealth is not regarded as important as
how well a person fits into local life.

     We should recognise, of course, that those
who work in our Universities do their best in deteriorating financial


Con Artists

     I do not regard myself as a “vulnerable
person”.   Indeed, if someone came to my
door offering goods or services which were clearly disreputable, I would hand
out a quick thick ear.   Or worse.   (Or do I mean “better”?)

     But a very necessary campaign has had to
be set in motion to warn people of unscrupulous door-to-door con-men (and,
being PC, con-women).

     So take heed of the information you will
receive.   Most people do not buy from
doorstep sales-people.   You need to see
their identity, the name of their company, and a contact phone number.   Then tell ‘em to go away and that you will
get in touch with them if you need anything.

     If they are genuine, they will respect
what you say.   And don’t forget that
this warning also applies to the phone calls you get from people (who often
have an impenetrable foreign accent) who are trying to sell you something.   Never, ever, give personal information over
the telephone – even if you’re told that it’s some sort of survey and not a


Good News For
Bluebird Fans

     It was good to hear of the success of
Bluebirds this week.   And down at
Pendine, they’re celebrating that success as they commemorate Sir Malcolm
Campbell and his racing cars.

     Pendine sands were the place where Sir
Malcolm – a man a bit larger than life – broke the world land-speed record on
more than one occasion.

     Strange now to wander along that lovely
stretch of beach and see only happy holidaymakers and discarded ice-cream
wrappers.   A visit to the local Museum
will tell you of the glories of its past.


The Case Of The
Naughty New-Boy

     The way I heard it first, I thought it was
a revival of a 1930s ripping yarn.   But
no:  shiny new Labour MP for Pontypridd,
Owen Smith, blotted his copybook right at the start of his career.

          “Surely,” he wrote in a piece online,
“the Liberals will file for divorce as soon as the bruises start to show
through the make-up?”

Well, he’s been receiving flak from various socially-aware people.   Their criticism is valid:  it’s not a nice metaphor.

     So Mr. Smith straightway apologised and is
going to “re-edit” – or maybe he’s already done so – what he said.   So that’s alright then, and we can stop
imagining that MPs are out of touch with contemporary attitudes, can’t we?


Just To Let You
Know . . .

     . . . that David Cameron has decreed (if
that’s what Prime Ministers in
Westminster do these days) that Wales cannot have its referendum on
giving our Assembly Government more powers.  
Well, we can’t have it at the moment, anyway.

     Clearly, Mr. Cameron believes that the
people of
Wales are not clever enough to run their
own affairs.   And one wonders if that
attitude is shared by his ConDem conspirators . . .

     To quote AM Helen Mary Jones:  “We shouldn’t be surprised at Cameron’s
behaviour, trying to dictate the date of a Welsh referendum from
But we need to be clear that it isn’t for him to decide.”

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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