Saturday, 17th December, 2011.

What A Surprise!

     We’ve had snow.   And it’s been cold.   Everywhere I go, I hear the same sort of thing:  “This snow’s horrible, and isn’t it cold?”

Round about this time every year, I’ve written in this column that, in Winter, it gets cold, snows and, in Wales, it can be very windy.   I must add that I also trot out a phrase which I use against weather complainers:  “Whatever the weather, we have the privilege of living in Wales.”

And yet, this week, the North Wales police have deemed it necessary to warn drivers to be more careful when there’s snow about.   Does that surprise anyone?

Surely it’s time to have, as part of the British Driving Test, something which rates the common-sense of each prospective driver.   The ones scoring low marks must be refused a licence until they have learned that snow is slippery.


Catching ‘Em At It

     Nicola Sedgebeer of Bridgend and her husband have four children.   Nicola fiddled £69,000 of working people’s money by claiming she was a “single-parent”.   (Yes – I know that’s a horrible phrase:  takes two to tango, eh?)

Christopher Sedgebeer, her husband, lived at home with his wife and family for much of that time.   D’you think he may have had an inkling about Nicola’s fiddle?

We live in a society which seems to have bred many, many people who take money from the State with no real cause.   It is a sign of the times.   The Welfare State was set up as a safety-net, not as a quick hand-out system.

The money these fiddlers take is put into the State’s big bucket by the thousands and thousands of decent, honest people.

So how do those decent, hones people stop the fiddlers?

One way is to report ‘em if we know they are being dishonest with our money.   Lots of ‘em – especially in our rural areas – follow the practise of what we in Wales call “hobbling”.   That is secretly earning cash but not letting it be generally known.

Keep your eyes peeled, good people, and report the thieves who are taking our hard-earned cash.

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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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