Saturday, 27th November, 2010.

Did He Fall Or Was He Pushed?

At the time of going to press, the immediate future of John Walter Jones hangs in the balance.   It was reported that he’d stopped being Chairman of the S4C Authority right then and there on Tuesday evening.   He was said to have told the Authority that himself.

However, he now claims that he didn’t do any such thing and intends to carry on until he reaches the age of sixty-five early next year.

Gosh, this is riveting stuff, and I’m sure you’re all clenching your . . . er . . . teeth in an attempt to control your excitement.

The underlying story must be that S4C itself is under threat.   Funding in these difficult times is harder to find.   The English phrase “cut-backs” is being bandied about.

I must explain to my readers living outside our land that S4C is the Welsh-language television channel.   And it is one of the vital planks in the protection of Cymraeg (Welsh).

It could be argued that it is – due to the low percentage of Welsh-speakers in Wales – a minority-interest channel.   But many of the hundreds of now-available television channels could be dubbed the same – who does watch BBC Parliament, for instance (well, comedy script-writers, perhaps)?

And what about making S4C a station deriving its income from commercials (in either or any language)?

Like Radio Cymru, this broadcasting medium must be protected.

Making A Strong Stance By Sitting-In

The Cardiff University Socialist Students movement gave support and organising skills to the protests against the rotten things the Wasteminster ConDem lot are doing to education.

OK – some of the protesters may just have gone along for a laugh, but the strength of feeling among students is high.

If we allow this Tory led (but Lib-Dem supported) plan to go ahead we could return to the days when “the masses” stood in awe of “the educated class”.   Indeed, it doesn’t seem long ago when some cleverclogs at a National Eisteddfod made a distinction between “academics and ordinary people”.

Well, “God bless the squire and his relations, who keep us in our proper stations”.

Anyway, some of the Cardiff demonstrators spent the nights in the Uni lecture-theatre.   They were allowed the use of the toilets overnight but, according to a report which seemed to be aimed at bringing a lighter side to the protest, “movement was restricted”.   Perhaps sit-ins need to last a little longer . . .

Lest We Forget

A couple of weeks ago, we were remembering those who gave their all in a great cause.   That cause was stopping evil fascists from overrunning the free world.   The insane Hitler and his bully-boys were defeated.

Now, Mike Eckersley up in Prestatyn has reminded us of the wickedness of people whose mind-sets support fascism when commenting on “travellers” – the people who prefer not to settle down in set places.

Mr. Eckersley is Mayor of the town and Denbighshire Councillor.   On the subject of “equalities”, he is said to have pointed out that Hitler “got rid of them”, meaning European Romanies.   Of course, there is much denial going on over the alleged remark.   And Mr. Eckersley has offered to apologise for what he said.

A question:  if someone hasn’t done something, why does that someone feel the need to apologise?

Mr. Eckersley is a member of the Conservative Party.

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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