Saturday, 5th March, 2011.

You will have expected my column this weekend to be full of The Referendum, so I shall not disappoint you!

Keeping It Dark

A message flooded in from a friend this week:  “They had a count on Radio Wales of how many London-based newspapers had mentioned the Referendum which we had in Wales yesterday – there was precious little coverage.   As it only concerned the future of a few million “UK citizens”, the London press seemed to feel it was unimportant.   Careful, London – you’ve already lost India . . .”

Apparently, there was one such paper which avoided reporting anything at all about the Referendum.   I shalln’t name it in case I make if famous – but I suppose it was too busy being the opiate of the masses.

What’s It All About?

That’s the question I heard quite a lot during the week.   And it appears that half of the population of Wales did not receive enough information on the reasons for the Referendum.

I noticed that most of the people asking me that question were – like me – incomers to Wales, though nearly all of them came from our neighbour over Offa’s Dyke.

Bearing this lack of information in mind, perhaps somebody or some organisation in our land should be keeping our people up to date with Welsh politics.   And part of that info must be to educate everyone into knowing that we do not follow the Wasteminster ways of political and public behaviour.

Then, maybe, we’d start having a better turn-out of voters.

A Celebration Of Welshness?

It may be that our Senedd will have the power to make Gwyl Dewi a proper Bank Holiday.

The way it will be done, according to the rumours which are flying, is to bring forward the early May Day Bank Holiday.   This brings to the fore two things.

Firstly, May Day has long been celebrated as “Workers’ Day”, so ignoring that may lead us even further down the Orwellian path of estranging the Proles from their history.

Secondly, May Day has even longer been celebrated as a time to remember Mother Nature.   All sorts of celebrations were performed on that Day, from the welcoming of Summer to fertility rites.   (The former you will understand, but I shall not elaborate on the latter . . .)

It could all be sorted out quite easily:  let’s have both May Day and Gwyl Dewi as public holidays.   Simple, eh?

Oh – And By The Way . . .

. . . the people of Wales voted YES ! ! !


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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