Saturday, 11th June, 2011.

A Troublesome Priest

     The Welshman who is top-man in the Church of England set a cat among the pigeons this week.

Rowan Williams (why do I keep calling him “Rowan Atkinson”?) expressed his opinions on the policies of the ConDem government.   He has highlighted the fact that those policies will cause problems for those of us who are not rich.   Well, those were not his exact words, of course.

When hearing Rowan’s view on the policies as being bad, David Cameron – the UK Prime Minister, remember? – denied the accusation.   It is not recorded that he used the true pantomimic style when defending his policies by shouting “Oh, no, they’re not!”

It is rare that I agree with the utterances of religious leaders.   But thank goodness that a high-ranking churchman expresses such ideas.   And as, it could be said, The Archbishop of Canterbury has a direct line to God, should Mr. Cameron really contradict him – or Him?

     It’s good to have a rebellious Welshman in a position of leadership.

A One-Man Protest?

     The Leader of Plaid Cymru managed to stay away from the pomp and ceremony of the re-opening of our Senedd this week.

Ieuan Wyn Jones was “on holiday in France” when Her Majesty The Queen of England came to Wales to give her blessing on our government.   A splendid gesture and I shall certainly vote for her when she puts up for her post at the next election.

Now, the whole of Wales – well, a few political activists – is asking whether Ieuan Wyn Jones was trying to insult Her Majesty . . . or even making the point that Wales should be independent of English overlords.

On The Same Subject . . .

     . . . a friend of mine who is an immigrant to our land from Mother England loves Wales.   He is very much involved in activities in and around the village where he has chosen to live.

One of the things he did when he first arrived was to show his love of Wales by joining The Party of Wales, Plaid Cymru.

He found straight away that his local branch had a small bunch of anti-English members.   That few made it clear that they felt all English people are bad and that anyone from that land should not be allowed to join Plaid Cymru.

So he stopped going to the meetings, stopped learning Welsh, and did not renew his membership.

I can assure him that the anti-English attitude is not a part of Plaid’s Aims & Objectives:  the party is trying to make (keep!) Wales a land of egalitarian opportunity.

Another friend of mine, a sturdy Yorkshireman, tells me that a patriot loves his own country, a nationalist hates everyone else’s!

Perhaps that is another point the people of Wales should ponder.


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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