Saturday, 14th May, 2011.

Just Ordinary Folk

     Oh, look – they’re letting us know that they’re just like you and me.   Our respected MPs, I mean, over there in Wasteminster.

There’s a move afoot to let them turn up in The Palace of Wasteminster wearing casual clothing on Fridays.

And, on the same day, when debating important issues – like which country to invade next – they’ll be calling each other by their first names.

At last there’s something to prove to the voters that Members of the Mother of Parliaments are no different from the rest of us.   And we, the electorate, will swallow that one hook, line and sinker.   Why – we’ve even seen pictures of the Prime Minister not even wearing a tie when chatting with some of us mere mortals.

That window-dressing is all a part of the obvious remoteness of the central UK government.   Here in Wales, we can get to know members of our own Welsh Government fairly easily.   They live not very far away from us;  they are sometimes seen doing their shopping in local stores;  and they are called, as are most of us in Wales, by their first name.   Those three things sometimes apply to Welsh MPs, too, of course.

So, now that the dust has cleared from the three votes we had to cast all on one single day last week, don’t you think it’s better for Wales to run its own affairs with people who really are part of our communities assigned to do that running.   That way, we can keep our eye on their activities.

Ask Someone Who Knows

     Regular readers will know that I travel a fair bit around our land.   On my travels, I chat with a lot of people:  people from all walks of Welsh life.   And two major things seem to be emerging from those chats.

One is that Wales is not being given a fair deal in these days of Slump.   Many of our people in many areas of this special land are struggling now to make ends meet – and I’m talking about decent, hard-working folk here, not the rich or the scroungers.

You should note, then, dear reader, that things are going to get much worse before they can get any better – and be prepared for emergencies.

The second major thing comes from my conversations with farmers, smallholders and keen gardeners.

And it is “Yes – climate change is having serious effects on food production.”

For a long time now we have been fed the line that the Climate Crisis does not really exist;  that it’s just a natural cycle the Earth is passing through and that it will right itself.

Well, that may be true in the long term.   But just you bear in mind what is happening in the now.   If food production drops, prices will go up.   Speculators – we used to call them “capitalists” – buy and sell food supplies even before those supplies have been produced.

So there’s another reason for preparing one’s home for unforeseen emergencies.

If you are concerned and want more details of how to prepare for those emergencies, mail me and I’ll get a friend of mine to forward you some info.


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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