Saturday, 25th June, 2011.

He Found Us!

     Ed Milliband is paying a State Visit (or whatever his progress is called) to Wales this very day.   He will visit Wrexham.

He seems to be owning up to the fact that it took about a hundred years for Those-Who-Know-What’s-Best-For-Us to infiltrate and take over that which was once called “The Labour Party”.   It’s called New Labour now, an appellation used by the Prime Minister under whose reign Clause 4 was scrapped.

Clause 4 was a cornerstone of Socialist policies when The Labour Party was founded and the British working-class know who it was.

A challenge for you, then:  find out for yourself what Clause 4 was all about and ponder on whether that was a sensible and fair basis on which a better society could be built.

Now that Mr. Milliband knows where Wales is, perhaps someone will tell him about our struggles against capitalism over the centuries:  The Chartists, for instance, and how Winston Churchill set the troops on our striking miners.

Power – At Any Cost

     Wylfa nuclear power-station up there on Anglesey is in the news again.   Now, they’re planning to build a second nuclear station at the site.

But the contractors and various bodies are “taking stock” of the situation following what happened in Japan.

Now we all know that tsunamis rarely occur around Anglesey.   And, though Wales has the occasional earth-tremor, it can hardly be said to be on an earthquake belt.

Also, I heard on Radio Wales a few days ago some pundit or other telling the gullible population of our land that “nuclear power is the safest form of producing energy”.

I will believe that nuclear power is safe when they build a nuclear power-station within a mile radius of Buckingham Palace.

Sports Report

     Yes, even ol’ Archie – who has no interest in sporting activities whatsoever – feels it necessary to let the world know about something which will affect the Welsh Nation’s prowess in the world of athletic contests.

Ron Long of Welshpool is the Over-60s Stone-Skimming Champion.   To curb his chances in the Bishop’s Castle Championships in Mother England, the English powers that be have changed the rules!

Now, instead of being allowed to bring their own stones, the ones to be skimmed will be local ones provided by the organisers.   As everyone knows, they will be too rough for the event.

Ron’s record 57 metre skim can never be beaten with these lesser missiles, of course.

For the sport-historians among you, Ron created that record at the World Stone Skimming Championships in Scotland in 2010.


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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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