I’m a great believer in caring about our ecology. It seems, though, that some Welsh County Councils don’t feel as I do.
There are parts of Wales where Councils accept payment from areas of our neighbour East of Offa’s Dyke for re-housing “problem families” or even individuals with whom Mother England cannot deal.
These incomers are nearly always convicted criminals, or they have no idea what social-responsibility is. There place of origin has given up trying to teach them to behave themselves. So they are dumped on Wales.
It’s a form of fly-tipping, I suppose.
These people come to our land and begin, almost straight away, to cause trouble in the communities to which they have been transferred. They do not settle into the ways of the people around them – and you will know as well as I do that they will never even recognise that, in some areas, Welsh is the local language.
And what will those communities be like when, in years to come, these problem families and their descendants become a large part of them?
But money has changed hands, so that makes it alright . . .
A year ago, four men died in the Gleision mining disaster.
Our First Minister says that “lessons must be learned” from that terrible incident, and that the deaths must never be forgotten.
We must not forget, either, places like Gresford and Landshipping where men and young boys died in similar disasters. We must not forget the reasons for their deaths: greed on the part of the mine-owners.
We must not forget that, at Landshipping, the families of the men and young lads who died were thrown out of their tied houses – simply to wander, with no financial support. One can scarcely imagine the suffering of those families.
Let us not forget. And in our remembering, let us work to change the system.