Saturday, 3rd March, 2012.

Little By Little

     It doesn’t sound much when we hear of 164 jobs are being lost at Panasonic in Newport.

     The company is moving its making of telephone exchanges to Vietnam.   Another company re-locating abroad.   Another one using cheap labour.   Another sign of the whiles of capitalism.

     In the British Isles, workers once fought – some of them to the death – to gain “a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay”.  Wales was at the forefront of that movement.   Our people recognised the poverty in which they were forced to live while the boss-classes lived in luxury.

     The last true uprising by an organised body of workers was the Miners’ Strike in the early 1980s.   It seems very long ago and younger people will not have been taught – certainly not in our schools – what those miners went through and what they were fighting for.

     It was not for more pay.   It was simply to keep our coal-mines open.   They knew that Thatcher and her government had plans to help big businesses relocate their production factories abroad.

     So those working-class Welsh miners, and their counterparts throughout these Isles, had to be put in their places.   The media, controlled by Those-Who-Know-What’s-Best-For-Us, brainwashed Britons into believing that Arthur Scargill was an evil man.   And that the miners were hooligans destroying “the British way of life”.

     Do not believe the propaganda being foisted on us by that much acclaimed film about Thatcher.

     Better, let us remember our bold miners who opposed her,

     So those 164 jobs which are disappearing are part of the lots of small groups of workers who have been made redundant in Wales as more and more companies move their production centres to lands far away.   In doing so, those companies makeWalesandBritainthe poorer

Advice From Above

     Above us all, that is.   I’m referring to Charles Windsor, a.k.a. “Prince Charles”.

     It will interest you to know that he never went to a job-interview to get his present post.   He never had to go out to work every day to earn money to support his family.   He just . . . was the Prince of  Wales – just like that!   And it’s doubtful if he’ll ever be made redundant.

     So he’s been in Llandovery recently advising business-people how to run their businesses.   The perfect man to give that advice, eh?

     And, before you ask, there are no job-vacancies for extra princes or queens.

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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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