Saturday, 18th September, 2010.

Fair Comment?

     I’ve worked fairly steadily all my
life.   There have been times when I’ve
taken on work which has been dull, monotonous, boring and, sometimes,

     The fact is that, once one has work –
however rotten that work may be – one is in a better position to find better

     Employers are looking for workers.   If you show them a track-record of you work,
they will see that you are a worker.  
And you will be able to move up the ladder towards employment which you

     If you are self-employed, you just have to
get on with it, making mistakes and putting ‘em right as you go along.   And you have to push yourself hard enough to
ensure you make a living.   Most
self-employed folk reach a point where the making of a living becomes a natural
part of the business.

     In Wales, though the Slump and the closures
of foreign-owned businesses has brought redundancies, there is still work
about.   Those people of
Wales who really seek employment will –
if they follow the “one step up the ladder at a time” idea I mention above –
find employment.

     All this rabbitting is sparked off by something
I received this week from a friend who lives in Mid-Wales:

into a shop today and found a lot of the shop-workers were from
(they spoke excellent English). There are
several self-unemployed people in the area who keep saying "They’re taking
our jobs!". Why, I ask, did those "foreigners" get those jobs
whereas our local self-unemployed did not . . . ?”

     I find it hard to disagree.



     The Royal Mail set delivery targets for Wales and has failed to hit them.   It was something to do with delivering post
earlier in the day.   But the reason for
those targets does not matter.

     What really matters is that the current
ConDem government in Westminster is following the project set up by the
previous, New Labour government in Westminster to sell-off our – yours and mine
– Royal Mail.   It is to be sold to
commercial companies.   They will take
our postal services over simply to make money.

     I reckon that, if Royal Mail stopped
delivering acres of junk-mail to homes in
Wales each day, there would be no trouble
in reaching the set targets.   A massive
proportion of that junk-mail is binned without even being opened.   The paper used in its production does not
help the plight of the planet.

     But commercial considerations must come
first, mustn’t they?

     If you are concerned about the selling-off
of one of our last few remaining public services, please visit:!/?sk=messages&tid=1636732957391  

     “All it takes for evil to triumph is for
good people to do nothing.”

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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