Saturday, 4th June, 2011.

A Record Spring

     What did the news that Wales has had its driest Spring for many moons actually mean to our land?

Well, it may – perhaps – boost our holiday trade a little, though it was a bit early in the year for mass holidaying in Wales.   Nevertheless, a trip to anywhere here in sunshine will almost certainly mean the visitors will come back.

But our farmers are not too happy.   They needed rain to help the grass grow for our sheep and cattle, as well as for any crops they’re trying to grow.

Farming, as I constantly remind you, is the only major industry we have now.

Even those of us who grow a little of our own food in our gardens or even window-boxes will have had to water by hand.   Perhaps where possible we should store a few buckets of rain-water just in case there’s a hose-pipe ban in the coming Summer months.

It’s been strange-weather times right across our land and across the whole of the British Isles.   The strong winds have abated a little in the past week, but they have been blowing since late February.   Maybe the Climate Crisis has not gone away, despite the propaganda which tells us not to worry . . .

 

Changes

     A Radio Wales report told me that our hedgehog population is on the wane.   As someone with a great fondness for the little creatures, I was dismayed.

Apparently, evidence of their decline is shown by the lack of road-kill over the last couple of years.   We used to see, especially on our rural roads, the remains of a fair few hedgehogs which had been crushed by passing vehicles.   When did you last see such a sad sight?

However, it looks as if my pointing out the greater number of road-kill badgers must prove something.   Can we assume that the more dead badgers we see on our roads and along our back-lanes mean that the badger population in Wales is growing rapidly?

It couldn’t be that landowners are culling them illegally and dumping their bodies beside our roads to pretend they were hit by a car . . . could it . . . ?

 

The Expense Of Education

     It’s a funny old world.   Do you remember a famous Tory Prime-Minister saying his priorities were “Education, education and education”?   (He was the PM who started a war and, when he quit politics, became a Middle East Peace Envoy . . .).

Some of us thought he was sincere.   We all know that good education, good health care and good housing should be the priorities of any civilised nation.

Well, the poor old NHS is being prepared to sell it all off to private companies (just like the Tories did with our railways, etc.).   Very little is being done to provide new homes for people who cannot afford mortgages and get onto the rotten-to-the-core Property Ladder con.

Now, Wasteminster are upping University fees.   That’ll keep many bright folk from poorer families getting too well educated and kicking against the system, won’t it?

Here in Wales, our Senedd is going to keep helping our people to become properly educated should they wish to.   Let us hope that such support continues, even in these artificially-straightened times.


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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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