Saturday, 28th January, 2012.

Strained Relations

     I confess that, until a couple of days ago, I had never heard of AWEMA.   Then I listened to the news about the All-Wales Ethnic Minority Association.

     I wondered why, inWales, we need such a group.   There must be, these days, a few pure Celts left in our land, but they are well-absorbed into “The People of Wales”.   And what of people like me, who have immigrated here?   Most of us come to enjoy the benefits of a neighbourly, classless, supportive society.

     However, the AWEMA exists is a fact and it’s hit the headlines because it seems there has been dirty dealings in high places within the organisation.

     Darren Miller, AM, Chairman of our Public Accounts Committee wants a full investigation into the funding of the Association after seeming financial irregularities have taken place.   “Financial irregularities” is a posh phrase for “somebody’s on the fiddle”.

     Alas, if these allegations prove to be true, it will surely do no good to race relations either here inWalesor inBritainin general.   It could give the racists in our midst the opportunity of say:  “We told you so”.

The Race Is On!

     Gosh, I bet you’re on the edge of your seat!   Isn’t it exciting, this race for the Leadership of Plaid Cymru?

     There are four candidates, one of whom was once an MP and was quite vulgarly rude about his constituents when they voted him out after he’d served but one term in office.

     The other three seem to be competing in a Prettiest Smile competition.

     It will be interesting if one of the two ladies is elected:  she will be the only female leader of a major political party inBritain.   And she certainly couldn’t do any worse than the gentlemen who are party-leaders.

 Centralisation Policies

     As smaller local schools continue to close, two “super schools” (bet that’s not what the kids who go there will call them!) are planned in Mid-Wales.   One will be at Llanidloes, the other in Machynlleth.

     We must be aware that our schools are being closed for purely financial reasons.   Further, to close a local school weakens a local community.   The youngsters of that area do not go to school together, but are lumped in with those of other communities.   Therefore, pride in one’s own, local community is diminished.

     And that means that we will have one great lump of a “community” which will be so much easier for Those-Who-Know-What’s-Best-For-Us to control.

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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