Saturday, 7th April, 2012.

Mind Your Own Business

     Moonface – whoops, sorry – our glorious Prime Minister, David Campbell, has criticised education and health services in Wales.   He claims that our own Assembly Government is not running those services properly.

As a man who leads a government which is about to privatise much of the English NHS (like the Tories privatised the railway system owned by the British people), does he really think we who live inWalesare daft enough to agree with him?   As a man whose party made it possible for British industries to “re-locate” abroad, thus stripping Britain of its manufacturing factories, does he really think that all the people in These Isles are daft enough to agree with him?

And isn’t he the man who, not so long ago, said he believed in self-determination?

And the man who, to hide the mess and the financial fiddles of his own government, slaps a tax on hot pasties to avert our eyes?

Perhaps Wales– and the rest of the so-called “United Kingdom” – should tell him to mind his own business first.

Education For All

     Well, if not for all, available to all.

Some of our Welsh universities are cutting their fees.   You will know the great burden placed upon students by the financial debts they incur whilst gaining an education.   So these cuts sound like a step in the right direction.

The universities concerned are Glamorgan, Cardiff Metropolitan, Newport, Swansea Metropolitan and the university-formerly-known-as Lambed Uni – Trinity St. David to give it its new appellation.

     The move has been backed by our Assembly Government – a clear case for reminding Mr. Cameron again to keep his nose out of our business.

Changes

     I’ve always enjoyed having a look round Harry Tuffin’s whenever I’m near Welshpool.   I’ve even been known to purchase goods from there!

I love the atmosphere of the place and remember when all it seemed to sell was wellington-boots.

Now, Tuffin’s – which has far more retail outlets than I realised – is ceasing to be a family-run concern.   Midcounties Co-operative, over Offa’s Dyke, has bought up the whole Tuffin business.

Two good things have come of this.

Firstly, Midcounties will still use the Harry Tuffin name, thus preserving a tradition, a part of our culture (yes, it is – as much as male-voice choirs and lava-bread!)

Secondly, the take-over has protected over four-hundred much needed Welsh jobs.

So I, for one, will continue my visits to Churchstoke and enjoy a wander round of Harry Tuffin’s.   And I can do no better than quote what the new owners say about the take-over:-

“Customers and our new colleagues can rest assured we fully appreciate how much this unique group of stores are cherished by their local communities.”

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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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