Saturday, 31st March, 2012.

What Are They Hiding?

     The seemingly crackpot “Pastie Tax” has caused a lot of column inches and a lot of fuel for comedians.   Radio 4’s “Now Show” was full of satirical comment last evening (hear it online for the next few days).

Yes, it’s as silly as any political idea has ever been.   But, with all the smoke it’s created, one must as a pretty obvious question.

What is the smoke hiding?

Is Moonface – er, sorry – Mr. Cameron and his cronies going to sneak something more serious and more injurious to ordinary working-people?   Perhaps the gang has done so already and we haven’t noticed.

Another thought occurred to me:  what if our own Government in Cardiff Bay has plans to slap a tax on lava-bread or Welsh-cakes?   Would our reaction be as strong as that of our Cornish cousins will be over the pastie tax?   They are, I hear, planning to march onLondonjust as they did to free Bishop Trelawney singing new words to their old marching-song.

Perhaps we should contact our individual Assembly Members right away and find out if anything sinister is to happen to our own traditional foodstuff.

A Fond Farewell

     Emrys Roberts has gone to that Great Bardic Circle in the Sky.   He led Y Gorsedd for a few years in the 1980s and used the bardic name of Emrys Daudraeth.

He achieved many things in his life and had a grand sense of humour.

One of the things I used to hear levelled against him was that he was not a proper Welshman.   That was due to the fact that he was born inLiverpool.   But is not Liverpool the capital ofNorth Wales?!

We must stamp out this “you weren’t born here” snobbiness.   I was not born here, but I feel that this land called me to become part of its people.   Yes, I have Celtic blood, but I know many people who’ve made their home here who love our land and have not the same blood as I.   They have simply felt that magical call and become “born-again Welsh”.

They – and I – have understood Welsh culture and customs and, given time, will become part of our communities.

Strange Weather Days

     When did you last hear of masses of grass fires right across our land – in MARCH?!

The hot, dry weather has been unseasonable.   People have been saying that “Summer has come”.   Beaches have been strewn with sun-bathers.

And new grass has been slow in growing due to the dryness.

That lack of new grass comes as new lambs need feed.   It does not bode well for our farming industry.   And farming inWalesis our last major industry.

There are climate changes affecting the weather, though many will deny that.   Some of us are preparing for the emergencies which we may encounter due to this pattern of weather.

So think on:  what sort of emergencies could happen due to climate change?   And what do you need to do to be better able to face those emergencies?


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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