Saturday, 19th March, 2011.

There’s Always A First Time

Our Senedd has decided to “stand down” the whole bunch of County Councillors up in Anglesey.   They have been accused of point-scoring off each other rather than getting on with the job for which they were voted into office.

Sounds about par for politicians, doesn’t it?

And Wales will go down in the history books as the first place this standing-down has ever happened in the history of the World.   So let’s start posing some questions.

If our elected representative in Cardiff Bay can sack our elected representatives in County Councils, who has the authority to sack our Assembly Members if they start scoring points of their colleagues of different political parties?   Would it be our elected representatives in Wasteminster?

And, if our elected representatives in Wasteminster started to score points off each other, who would then sack them?   Would it be the Queen of England?

Then, if Mrs. Mountbatten started to bicker with her husband Phillip, who would sack her?   Would deity be involved in the sacking . . . ?

I shall not pursue the matter further, for the religious among you could be offended and declare a political fatwa against me.

More Folk On The Dole

Unemployment in Wales is on the increase.   Nevertheless, business bosses have a positive attitude to the future . . . well, that’s the claim, anyway.

I was in a Welsh town this week where there are many small shops totally empty.   It is, as one wanders through the place, becoming a ghost-town.

Yet I got chatting to a local Councillor.   He assured me that “all this stuff in the press” about his town being on the slide is not true.   There will be new small businesses opening in the now-empty shops . . . “soon”.   I am sure he believes that.

Meantime, shops continue to close, both in that town and in so many others across our land.   The economic crisis is biting hard in Wales.   As small businesses close, those who are employed by them are left to sign on the dole.

Yes – I know “the dole” is an un-PC phrase.   However, money is being doled out to decent, caring, wanting-to-work people as well as those who are – by their looks and attitudes – totally unemployable.

So redundant workers may start to believe in our dependence-culture.   So the situation becomes worse.

What Happened?

Lots of people were moved to safety in Llanelli this week.   That nice town had a smell of gas hanging over it, so the authorities decided to move them just in case.

As yet, I have seen no explanation of the cause of that smell, though “a chemical leak” was first suspected.

The incident made me wonder what sort of dangerous things are being manufactured in our land without our knowledge.   Perhaps each of us should investigate our own area.   Then we would know what to expect if something went wrong at one or other of these plants.

Trying To Help?

Straightway after the “YES” vote, there was an open discussion on whether The Secretary for Wales should be made redundant, and The Welsh Office should be scrapped.

This week, The Welsh Office seems to have started a campaign to knock 5p a litre off petrol in rural areas.

D’you reckon this is a sop by the Office to get into everyone’s good book?

 

 

archielowe@googlemail.com

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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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