Saturday, 17th July, 2010.

Spare Yet Another
Thought.

     I’ve often mentioned the dilemma in which
our Rural Affairs Minister, Elin Jones, has found herself in for such a long
time.   The “badger-crisis” has divided
so many people who live in our countryside.  
Do the creatures spread bovine TB or do they not?   That is the question.

     Elin is a country-girl, and understands
how the rural community is structured.  
She also cares about the inhabitants of the countryside, human or
otherwise.

     Based on what she understands of the
bovine-TB situation, she agreed to allow badger-culling in certain areas.   Now, it seems, her decision was legally
questionable – and there have been calls for her resignation.

     The outcome of this affair will be an
interesting one.

     Meantime, anyone with half a brain who
visits the Welsh countryside will have realised that, legally or otherwise,
badgers are being slaughtered already by a few rebellious farmers.   The bodies of the beasts are slung onto
rural byways to make the deaths look like road-kill.

     What do we do about that situation?

 

Problem Solved?

 

     Well, first we knew what date we would be
electing our Assembly Members – 5th May next year.

     Then, the ConDem lot in Westminster wanted to dump their Referendum on “are
the people of
Wales clever enough to make their own
laws” on the same date.

     Then, a sort-of decision was made (by our Westminster overlords) to have the Referendum
on 5th May, and move the date of our Assembly Election further on.

     Then, nearly every political party who
wants to win votes in our land has chipped in its two-pennorth on the matter.

     It must be borne in mind that rarely if
ever do Those-Who-Know-What’s-Best-For-Us give power away.   It nearly always has to be
taken
.

     So perhaps – just perhaps – the people of Wales should stand proud and just get on
with creating the new democracy within the rotting framework of the out-of-date
existing one.

 

Happy Saint Swithin’s
Day.

     Well, why not make it a National
Holiday?   We knew – without the
often-incorrect professional forecasting telling us – that it was going to rain
on that day.   So it did.

     Let us count carefully and see if the
age-old superstition is correct and that if really does rain for forty days.

     And, while we’re doing so, let each of us
find out who St. Swithin really was (if he existed at all . . .)

 

An Increase In
Private Enterprise

     Crime in Wales, I am told, is increasing faster
than in most places in the “united” Kingdom.

     The recession – must we still refer to it
as that? – is creating a playground for con-men and petty thieves.   The good news is that violent crimes are on
the decrease.   There’s nice.

     As I wander through Wales, I hear many people talking about
making the penalties for breaking the law more severe.   On the other hand, I hear a Minister of the
Crown softening us up for a release of more offenders from prisons and into the
community.   That’s due to financial
difficulties in the Prison Service.   The
Minister mentions that we must curb our spending on criminals – and expect
slight rise in crime if we do so.   So
that’s alright, then.

     When Wales is allowed to make its own laws, I
wonder what we, the people, will decide to do about criminals and their
punishment?

 

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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