Saturday, 24th December, 2011.

Getting Ourselves Noticed!

          Did I really hear that the debacle between Welsh-speaking musicians and BBC Radio Cymru had made front-page news on BBC Radio 4 UK.   Perhaps the item, an interview on the PM programme, also went out on the World Service’s Long Wave frequency.

It will have brought to the attention of many, many people outside our land to the fact that we are a separate – and different – nation to Mother England, and will have shown to all and sundry that “The Dragon has two tongues”.

Peace On Earth, Etcetera

          As you’ll be reading this over the Festive Season, I shall not rant about the way of the world and how it affects Wales.

I shall not mention that Wales’ NHS Chief Executive, David Sissling, is quoted as saying “I think at the moment our services are safe, but they’re under pressure”.

I won’t pass on the forecast of Carwyn Jones, our First Minister, that Wales is going to have a tough year in 2012, even though that means there’ll be more job losses, more insecurity, more struggling to make ends meet.

There are over twenty-thousand empty homes in Wales, even though lots families are searching for a place of their own, but I won’t spoil your festivities by upsetting you with that news.   Nor will I mention the rotten situation in some of our rural areas where privately owned “holiday homes” stand empty for many months a year, adding nothing to the communities in which they stand –  even though Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood says the whole housing situation is a travesty.

And I refuse to discuss the suspension of some hospital services at the cosily-named Betsi Cadwaladr hospital up in Y Gogledd so that more bed-spaces will be available over the Winter;  or that proper funding would be a better idea.

I shall simply wish you all a great holiday-time:  Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Da, dear reader.


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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