Saturday, 2nd April, 2011.

Wait For It!

This, the pundits tell us, is the month in which the measures created by our democratically elected representatives are really going to bite!

Wales, as you will know, is worse off already than most parts of the UK.   ‘Twas ever thus.

Back in the mists of time, we had industry in Wales.   Do you remember the coal-mines?   (If not, a visit to Big Pit will help you understand what they were . . .)

We still have a farming-industry – well, just about:  farming is no easy living in these troubled times.   And there’s always – always? – our tourist industry.

And that’s about it.

We, the people of Wales, needed that “Yes” vote in our Referendum.   We need to make our own mistakes rather than have mistakes imposed on us by the Wasteminster government.

They’re At It Already

Yes, we have an Assembly Election looming.   When I say “looming”, it’s in May.

But the hopefuls who are standing for election have been sending out junk-mail – er, sorry:  please to call it “Information Packs” – for a week or two now.   A friend of mine who has no particular political affiliations tells me he has received a pack of posters to put in his windows from Plaid Cymru.   The party’s letter apologised if they had made an error in sending them to him.

I notice that, apart from the lovely blooming of Spring flowers in our rural hedgerows, there are political posters proliferating, too.   I’m told this uglification of our countryside is part of the price we pay for democracy . . . so that’s alright, then . . .

There’ll be lots of promises whizzing about, of course:  that’s always done at election time.   Make a note of them and see if the new AMs try to honour them.

One of the questions I hear from lots of folk, though, is this:  “If Labour has sufficient seats in the Assembly, what will Plaid do when a coalition is unnecessary?

The Old, Old Story

A school up in Aberystwyth is being his by “cut-backs”.   That means there’s not enough money around to protect Penglais School’s high standards of teaching.

Indeed, there are lots of nasty things happening in education at the moment – ask any University student.

So poor old Penglais is to sack – if that’s the right word to use when it comes to academics – seventeen of its teaching staff.

As I have so often said:  if the government wants to find money to start a war, it does so;  but to find that same money to fund our schools and NHS seems to be impossible.


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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