Saturday, 7th May, 2011.

All Over Bar The Shouting?

     This very morning, one can buy a Welsh newspaper and discover who’s who and what’s what.   Thursday’s voting caused very little stir in the London-based newspapers, of course.   There are those elements in Mother England who regard Wales as just another English county.

Anyway, we have Welsh Labour with the most seats.   But not quite enough to form a Welsh government all on their own.   So the electorate – you and me – wait with bated breath on the edge of our seats as Welsh Labour decides who to coax into a coalition.

“Will it be,” we asked in hushed tones, “another coalition with Plaid Cymru?   Or could it be that they’ll pick on the Lib-Dems this time?”

The suspense is so exciting that we can hardly tear ourselves away from our tellies of radio-sets for fear of not hearing which of those two parties Welsh Labour will pounce on . . . er . . . try to get an agreement with.

The bookies are having field-day;  the pundits are spouting their fine rhetoric . . . the people of Wales are so fed up of the whole “you have three votes this time” chant that we are probably watching something of the seemingly endless Soccer season on the box.

However . . .

     . . . that referendum thing gave us something to look forward to.   Remember?   Well, it was a “No” vote, so we stay with the old system.

It was done to enable someone who the majority of us didn’t vote for to be elected.   Well, by that I mean the majority of those who bother to vote.   Not a particularly popular exercise, voting.

There was a time when people fought and died for the right of “ordinary people” to vote.   There was a time when politicians did not make it obvious that there are precious few of ‘em who are trustworthy and not full of self-important avarice.

Of course, if you encourage – by various means – the voting public not to vote, you can get on with your political games without worrying if you’ll lose your seat.

A friend of mine has a great idea;  one which you might like to bear in mind when it’s time to vote again (for anything).

He reckons that, when people stay away from the polling-stations, Those-Who-Know-What’s-Best-For-Us tend to think they don’t vote due to apathy.   And, he reasons, apathy is a trait which our aforementioned “betters” encourage.

So, to show that you, dear reader, are not apathetic, make sure you turn up at the polling-station, write “No Choice” across your ballot-paper and drop it in the box.   Such “spoiled” ballot-papers are noted and become part of election statistics.

And your action will send an interesting message to “our masters”.


    A young lady who lived on our – yours and mine – money got away with it by lying.   She said she couldn’t even chop up vegetables or cook for herself.

To fill in the boring hours of sitting watching the telly or even the wallpaper, she went to a gym, she went dancing – and she went skydiving.

It is not being a “grass” to report such people to the local Jobcentre – it is protecting your own interests.

There’s a marvellous video you can see online.   It’s part of a report published in “Wales Online” and well worth a visit: and have a browse through the news articles.


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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