Saturday, 26th March, 2011.

Allaying Fears?

After the terrible events in Japan, we are being assured that nothing can possibly go wrong with British nuclear power-stations.

Of particular comfort to Wales is that the Wylfa station, up there on Anglesey, is fully secure against terrorism.   Nothing has been said on how safe it would be should Mother Nature do something unexpected.

It is of note, of course – and this may have escaped the pundits’ notice – that we have TWO nuclear power-stations in our land.   I have heard nothing of the Trawsfynydd station.   Perhaps that is to be left as a practice patch for any trainee terrorist . . .

A Classless Society?

In times past, any worker who took industrial action against Those-Who-Know-What’s-Best-For-Us were viewed as “the common people”, and not worth helping.   So those “common people” had to help themselves, firstly from the dire poverty and disgusting living conditions in which they lived, then for decent working conditions.

Indeed, Wales has long had an egalitarian society, and the English caste – er – class-system has taken a while to get here.   It has been brought in by the increasing number of immigrants to our land, of course:  many of them bring their own elitist culture with them.

This week, University lecturers have been on strike.   We do no class them as any better or any worse than, say, shop-assistants or miners (oh – do you remember when Wales had miners . . . ?).   Each one of us is a person doing a job.

So it’s interesting to note that these obviously intelligent strikers – with a just cause, I believe – have not been pilloried by the Media.   Perhaps, had they been manual workers protesting for exactly the same reasons, their actions would have been reported differently.

On The Horns Of A Cleft Dichotomy

After legal action by The Badger Trust, our Assembly Members decided to slaughter old Brock, anyway.

As I have mentioned in this column on several occasions, that slaughter has been going on for ages – illegally, of course, the dead beasts being dumped to look like road-kill.   (You would know it you hit a badger whilst driving, believe you me!)

Our Rural Affairs Minister, Elin Jones, weighed up the evidence very carefully before backing the slaughter.   A careful and caring lady is our Elin, and she did not take her decision lightly.

But many people will continue to believe that badgers do not really spread bovine tuberculosis.   Bet that train of thought comes out at May’s Assembly election.

Capitalist Cunning

A day before the Budget, many petrol stations – even in Wales – put their fuel price up by 1p. a litre.   Then, of course, when our glorious Chancellor in Wasteminster removed 1p. from the tax on fuel, those stations reverted to the prices they had a couple of days earlier.

I noted a couple of them involved in this rotten trick as I travelled through Mid-Wales.   I shall not use their services again.   And I would urge you – if you know a petrol station which used the same trick – to do as I shall do.


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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