Saturday, 17th November, 2012.

Not A Surprise Result

     What does a Police Commissioner actually do?

That’s what I kept hearing as the election of some came over the horizon.   And I could give no real answer.   But I was not alone in that.

Those with vested interests kept the whole thing as quiet as possible.   We in Wales were hardly told what the Commissioner’s job would be.   Wasteminster government failed to keep us informed of what seems to be an important political event.

Isn’t that what it is:  a political event?   It has added yet another tier of government to what is, under rule from Mother England, a very hierarchical system.   Which may be one of the reasons that Plaid Cymru stayed out of the whole affair.

And, speaking of staying out of it – congratulations to voters in a ward in Newport, Gwent – they showed what they thought of the whole fiasco by uniting in not voting at all!

What’s In A Name?

     For as long as most of us can remember, that splendid town in North Wales has been spelled “Caernarfon”.   So the Council office-wallahs in Anglesey completely ignored that fact when they put up a seemingly bilingual road-sign which substituted the correct “f” with a “v”.

Why, for goodness sake, should they have done so?   And did it cost more to have the name printed twice on the sign?

Surely in that area those in office will be Welsh-speaking!

An apology has gone forth from the Council, of course.   So let us keep an eye open for any other such silly mistakes as we travel our Welsh roads.

And, apart from some recently invented place-names in the Welsh language, why should we not use Welsh-only ones when custom and practice show that their ancient names are known and used by all the locals?

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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