Saturday, 22nd September, 2012.

Talk Is Cheap.

     Every political party in Wales – indeed, in Britain – is telling us that they know how to create jobs.

You will recall that Mrs. Thatcher’s regime made it easier for our industries to “re-locate” abroad so that they could take advantage of cheap labour.   The same regime closed our mining-industry.

So, tell me then, you politicians with your promises:  how exactly do you create your promised jobs?

Is the whole of Wales going to become a big, happy Call-Centre?   Will Welsh people have to constantly ring the Indian sub-continent and try to sell its people things without understanding the local language(s)?   That would be a reversal of things, wouldn’t it?

Avoiding Education

     It was a long, hard – often violent – struggle to give education to “the masses”.   The people belonging to that class were denied even basic reading and writing skills at one time.   When they were finally given reading lessons, their minds were filled with religion – religious tracts being thought suitable by Those-Who-Know-What’s-Best-For-Us.

I often repeat that “Religion is the opiate of the masses” (but that’s changed since the advent of telly!).

Eventually, of course, it was not a question of class which pigeon-holed people into levels of education.   Soon, ordinary working people could rejoice in the fact that their children could go to university and rub shoulders with the rich.

But that privilege has been eroded – purposely – and the “free education” ideal is a thing of the past.

This is borne out by a study here in Wales which says that, to be able to struggle through their courses, many university students turn to prostitution!   That is a hideous situation.   That is a situation which the ideals of our forefathers would have instantly corrected.

Perhaps, having listened to a lot of stuff spouted by members of Plaid Cymru at their recent Conference, the way forward is to attain true independence and break away from the English class-system for good.

To End On A Brighter Note!

    Tom James is a great bloke, a credit to Wales and – oh, yes – a pretty good athlete.

Tom rows and won Gold Medals in the last two Olympics, Beijing and London.   And he’s being honoured in his native Wrexham for his prowess.

He receives “the freedom of the Borough of Wrexham”.   Well done, bachgen!

It’s so good to hear some positive news.   Keep smiling, folks – and remember you’re Welsh.

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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