Saturday, 3rd November, 2012

Vested Interests

     For a long time, we’ve been led into the belief that wind-power is a great and good thing.   All over Wales, wind-farms have been springing up on our horizons.

And yet, it has been shown that these things are more expensive to put up than any savings which can be made through the production of electricity this way.   Further, you will know that there’s a large and strong lobby to abandon any future wind-farms.

Now, Energy Minister John Hayes (yes, I didn’t know his name, either, till I heard the news) has stated:  “There are investors all round this country who want certainty about energy policy”.   By “this country”, he means the UK.

So these projects which, we are taught by those who govern us are a Good Thing, are there simply to make money for investors.

Do you want any other reason for rejecting them?

Cheap Labour

     The Panasonic factory in Newport is under threat.   Fifty and more jobs may be cut and the workers have been told that the place may have to close.

You can bet with confidence that the decision about the factory-closure has already been made!

Lots of jobs have already been hacked as Panasonic shifts them to Vietnam.   Can it be coincidence that the Vietnamese work for very little in the way of wages?

Many, many companies have “relocated” to the Far East since dear Maggie Thatcher made it easier for them to do so (and closed our coal-mines).   When we had strong Trades Unions, we should have been looking at the plight of our fellow-workers in other countries and bringing their wages on a par with our own.

Soon, perhaps, Wales and the rest of the UK will end up as a Third World country.   Then those self-same investors I mention at the start of this article will benefit greatly.

Who Do We Vote For?

     I hear a lot of complaints here in Wales about the way our shiny new Police Commissioners are going to be elected.   The names of the candidates have been publicised, and it is an obvious party-political thing.

However, how many of those candidates – and the political-parties who back them – are introducing themselves to the electorate or even sending us junk-mail about who they are and what they stand for?

Yes, you can learn about them – a little – via the Interweb.   BUT there are many voters who have no computer.

Let me tell you that this is another trick to discourage the electorate from using their votes;  another way of us allowing our Controllers to get on in their own sweet way and tell the world that we are “apathetic”.   Such is the nature of power.

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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