Saturday, 29th January, 2011.

A Blunder . . . Perhaps

A friend of mine lives almost slap-dab in the centre of Wales.   For some reason he is on some sort of political list.

He received, quite out of the blue, a mail from New Labour’s Shadow Minister for Something Or Other.   It told him of the plight of ancient woodlands “in England”.

Of course, he replied, explaining that we in Wales have the same sort of threats to our ecology as the people of England.   And he reminded the New Labour person the “UK” is not a synonym for “England”.

He ended by saying that he hoped England would get its own parliament, just like other parts of the UK . . .

Severing The Links

The rail service from Wrexham to London is to be cut this week.

The Wrexham, Shropshire, Marylebone Railway company broke the news on Tuesday to the fifty-five workers who will lose their jobs.   Gosh, how kind of the company to give the workers so much notice!

Further, the company has offered to find those workers “alternative jobs”.   You couldn’t wish for better than that, could you?

The company is blaming “falling customer numbers” on the closure of the service.   I wonder if the jacks-in-office who dreamed up the idea of the service – without doing their homework apparently – will lose their jobs.

Spreading The Blame

Up in Ceredigion, the Council is going to stop the wages of workers who, due to weather conditions (heavy snows or rain), cannot get to work.

It is a well-known fact – certainly to the good folk of Ceredigion – that their Council has been less than perfect in keeping the county’s roads gritted and usable this Winter.

Already, refuse-collection services have been cut by the Council.   Residents are wondering what will be the next thing to go.

And wasn’t it that very Council who invested lots of residents’ money in foreign banks and lost loads of cash by doing so?

It must be good to live in a county which has such good administrative staff.   Bet they’ll cut back on workers’ fuel-allowances next.

Putting Back The Moment

Shopping Direct has a call-centre in Newtown, Powys.   The company’s administration staff has decided to close that centre, throwing one-hundred-and-eighty people out of work.

Action by Trades Unions, supported by local MP Lembit Opik, has delayed the “final decision” temporarily.

One must suspect that the call-centre will be “relocated” abroad – as so many others have been – because workers there are paid disgustingly poor wages.   It will not matter if those workers do not speak a form of English easily understood by British callers.

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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