Saturday, 25th February, 2012.

Take Me To Your Leader

     I am assured by my informants aroundWalesthat the election of a shiny new Leader for Plaid Cymru is a two-horse race.

     Dafydd Elis-Thomas is, I’m told, “old guard”.   However, if you visit   you’ll discover that the old campaigner has a sense of humour.

     The other two contestants are young ladies.   It could be that your choice, if you are a Member of Plaid and so have voting rights, depends to a great degree on your geographical location.   (And I wonder how much the charm and good looks of those ladies will influence the male vote?).

     All three of the candidates seem to have re-introduced the once-seemingly-banned word:  “Independence”.   Though they have not thoroughly explained “independence from what?”

    However, as Plaid Cymru is the only political party operating inWaleswhich is run by people living in our land, we must regard this election as important toWales.

     And, maybe one day, it may put up candidates in English elections and copy what the English-based parties do in Wales when they stick the word “Welsh” in front of their names.   Just think of someone standing to be the MP inWolverhamptonunder the banner of “English Plaid Cymru”!

She Gets My Vote

     If ever we become independent enough to make all of own decisions, I would nominate Dame Shirley as our President.

     The lady has not always had an easy life but, on personality alone, she is a terrific person.   Oh – and she sings a bit, too.

     Even our politicians have noticed her.   Cardiff Council has decided that Dame Shirley should be honoured with the freedom of our capital city.

     And the good lady will be giving a performance for Elizabeth Windsor’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.   Bet her performance will be a belter – even at the age of seventy-five.   Well done, Shirl!

Nostalgia Is Not Enough

     In mentioning Pont Briwet, I know most of my readers will be racing to their maps or looking it up online.   But it has been part of our history since 1867.

     Now, though, the bridge – not far from Penrhyndeudraeth – is to be demolished and replaced.   One hopes that it will be well-photographed before its destruction.

     We must remember, too, the breed of men who constructed it back then.   They worked in rotten conditions and for rubbish wages.   Our ancestors had to be tough – or lucky – to survive.

     Let us not forget our history.   “If we do not know of our past, we do not understand our present and cannot plan for our future.”   Remember that, you contestants for Plaid’s Leadership.

     (After you’ve looked up both Pont Briwet, find out what wonderful poem mentions Penrhyndeudraeth.)


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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