All Over Bar The Shouting
It seems that the whole of Wales turned red, white and blue a week ago. Everywhere I went, Union Jacks were fluttering. It was as if Wales was included on those flags.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a red-dragon slap dab in the middle of those crossing crosses? But, perhaps, our masters in Wasteminster realise that it would only be a temporary change. For I am sure that one day we, like our Scottish cousins, will be having a referendum on independence.
I’m never sure quite what the word “independence” means so, before we go crashing along that path, let us ask the question: “Independence from what?”
And I’m pretty certain that all the celebrations and all the street-parties in our land were not inspired by loyalty to the English crown. It was – and lots of folk have told me this – just an excuse to bring local communities together and to get to know our neighbours better. Or even, with so many people immigrating into our communities, get to know who they are.
Wales has a strong tradition of supportive communities. Let us let newcomers know about that tradition – and encourage them to become part of it.
Turned Out Not-So-Nice Again
And everywhere I went a week or so ago, I heard the rather typical voice of a native born and bred person saying “Oh, we shall suffer for this.” Well, words to that effect.
It was when we had a couple of nice, sunny days. It seems that expecting the worst when the going’s good is part of the Welsh character.
Well, over the last week, we certainly have suffered for that good weather. Strong winds have shaken the darling buds of . . . er . . . June.
There has – despite what the doubters say – been a massive change in seasonal weather over the last few years. Yes, Summers really were Summers as the 20th Century came to an end. And we had some biting cold Winters, too. Climate change – some would call it “the Climate Crisis” – really has happened.
It’s all to easy to blame it on humankind’s greed. That has been a huge factor in the changes, of course. We humans have, in our scramble to become materially richer, managed to pollute our surroundings.
All sorts of ideas are being put forward to stop the degeneration of the weather. But, unless we all recognise the cause of that degeneration, we are dodging the issue.
We can each do our bit – and maybe Wales could lead the way here – by choosing to manage on less. And, yes, it can be done.
Alas, so many daft people own dogs and regard them as their children. They don’t bother to train them to do what they’re told. They let them run amok and foul footways in every part of our land.
I am not anti-dog. My own dog is a great companion. But a dog is a dog and, untrained, can do a lot of damage.
North Wales police are investigating the deaths of lambs. Dogs have attacked and killed them. The owners may be fined or the dogs who have done the deeds may be put down.
We must teach our neighbours that this is Wales. Our last surviving major industry is farming. And livestock must be protected – even if it means dog-owners putting their pets on leads. Seems a simple solution to me.