Saturday, 27th October, 2012.

Whoopppeeee !

     It was great news this week to hear that the recession is officially at an end.   As I traveled through Wales, I saw that flags were flying and our people were dancing in the streets.

It’s such a relief that the pounds in our pockets will retain their value from here on, that prices of basic foodstuffs will not creep up at all, and that there is no reason now for petrol prices to rise.   Whew – isn’t that lovely?

I understand that, down in The Valleys, funds are still mounting for celebrations when Maggie Thatcher – who closed our coal-mines and brought gloom and poverty to the area – pops her clogs.   Some of those funds are going to be used, right now, for street-parties to celebrate the conquest of the recession by our present Wasteminster government.

As the aforementioned Mrs. T said after British forces had slaughtered a lot of Argentinean sailors:  “Rejoice!”

Power For The People?

     Whoops-a-daisy – it looks as if there’s a bit of contention about that gas-fired power-station which just opened in Pembrokeshire.

The new station is set to create power for three-and-a-half-million homes.   That sounds promising, of course.

However, Friends of the Earth complained to the Department of Energy and Climate Change that the cooling-system of the station could have a bad impact on the waters of the Cleddau Estuary.   That is a beautiful area, whatever the weather, and I for one would encourage any effort to keep it lovely and place of quiet contemplation.

Wateminster government is “currently considering” a response.

It seems that some European Union rules may have been broken by the site’s permit.   I wonder who issued that permit . . .

The water used to cool the station will, of course, be returned to the Cleddau.   But it will go back some eight degrees warmer than when it was taken out.   That is bound to have a serious impact on this special area of conservation.   Did nobody realise that before the power-station went into operation?

The European Commission has mounted an investigation into the way the Wasteminster government gave approval to such a project.   Oh, no – not another Wasteminster-created mess!

A Dangerous Loss

     The question goes:  “What is the most dangerous place in any area?”

The answer:  “The free lending-library.”

The question is then asked:  “Why?”

And the answer comes:  “Because it contains ideas.”

From Anglesey comes the sad news that “libraries may inevitable face closure”.   And the reason is the one given so often these days:  there is a severe lack of funds.

What is more important:  educating the “plebs” and “Proles”, or starting wars to “improve” the economy?

But those whose aim is to preserve and protect the status quo will do what they must lest those dangerous places give us all ideas beyond our social standing.   “God bless the Squire and his relations, who keep us in our proper stations.


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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