Saturday, 25th December, 2010.

Quick Change Artists

After the “Vice Cable Revelations” (shock, horror!) and the “secretly recorded” statements by other members of the Lib-Dem part of the Con-Dem alliance, I’ll bet there’ll be more such reports even in the time it takes for me to put this column online.

Mr. Cable shilly-shallied over voting for his own amendments to the “let’s force poorer kids out of Universities” plan.   That nice Mr. Cameron didn’t sack him, either for that or for his more recent threat to wage war on Rupert Murdoch.   He was just sidelined.   And the other Lib-Dem lads whose comments have been revealed will still remain part of the glorious alliance.

There was a time when politicians had high moral standards and would have crossed the floor of the House to show their opinions openly.

That “House” is the Wasteminster home of the UK government.   It’s rarely that you’ll see your MP wandering through your town doing her or his own shopping.

However, one can – and does – see one’s AM in the street sometimes.   So one can pass the time of day with her or him.

That fact is a great reason for supporting our Senedd and making it stronger.   Perhaps, when we put our crosses on those bits of paper next time, our vote should be a Vote for Wales.

Strange Economies

Mark Polin, the Chief Constable of North Wales Police has admitted that two-hundred-and-forty-two jobs are being chopped in the next few years.   That’s due to Wasteminster cutting our police funding.

And this at a time when crime – even in Wales – is on the increase.

In Aberystwyth this week, I hear that those coppers who are still employed were stopping motorists who had snow on the roofs of their cars.   It means a sixty-pound fine and three points on one’s licence if there’s more than three inches up there – or so I am told.

Also, you could be in trouble, too, if – in this icy weather – your washer-jets are frozen.

My advice to all our Welsh Police Forces (er . . . sorry . . . Services) is to have a go at cutting real crime instead of being daft.

Winter Woes

Were you prepared for the unexpected severity of this Winter?

Did you put a bit of tinned or dried food on your shelves just in case you couldn’t get to the shops?

And what about your ability to cook if there was a power-cut?

A lot of homes were caught out by the weather.   And, of course, it is not just in Winter that the unforeseen emergency might occur.

So will you make your New Year’s Resolution “Be Prepared”?   And will you actually do something?

If you want help with preparing your home, a friend of mine will give you some info:

A Show Of Compassion

There are real angels to be seen on the streets of Rhyl at this Christmas time.

The dear old Sally Ann – er, The Salvation Army – have headed a scheme to calm down drunken revellers.   The volunteers call themselves “Street Angels”.

These angels will be trained by the police in the skills of calming aggressive drunks down.

Yes, of course – if alcohol makes you aggressive, then you (being an intelligent person) would lay off the booze.   Many of us can have a wonderfully happy time without using the drug.

However, my compliments to the Sally Ann – and to other Christian groups – for trying to help the entire community in this way.

Nature Notes

About one-hundred-thousand British banknotes are to be spent on lesser horseshoe bat roosts in the upper Usk Valley.

A statement about the project says:  The cash will be used to develop a greater understanding of the animal.” I would have thought that, in our bilingual society, either language spoken by the creatures would be understood by someone among their protectors . . .

Oh – Nearly Forgot!

As today is the day it is, a very happy Christmas to all my regular readers, and to those who’ve only recently tuned in!

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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