Saturday, 19th January, 2013.

 Be Careful What You Wish!

     Well, the “rare” red warning from the Met Office for yesterday proved correct.   Wales – mainly Brecon way and in the Valleys – really copped the blizzard-conditions.

Motorists were advised not to take “non-essential journeys”.   Most of ‘em were only too happy to comply with that advice.   But far too many of The Look-At-Me Brigade (a section of The Not-Very-Clever-Drivers Club) sallied forth.   That added to the chaos and disruption in many places.

We must help our communities by explaining – slowly and carefully – to our families, our friends and our neighbours that they should take notice of warnings such as this one from the Met Office.

Selfishness is a creeping disease . . .

Like I Said . . .

     I have pointed out in this column a fair few times that, in many of our rural areas, the number of dead badgers along our Welsh roadsides is on the increase.

It’s pretty obvious that “road-kill” cannot be the explanation, for most of the carcases look as if they died peacefully in their sleep.

I heard a news item on Radio Wales this week.   It concerned the fact that many of our farmers are taking the law into their own hands and, believing that badgers spread bovine TB, are killing the creatures illegally.   Many of those farmers dump the bodies by the side of the road to cover the facts of their deaths.

Pembrokeshire has a vaccination programme.   Perhaps this should be adopted by other areas in Wales, rather than legalising a cull.

And we need to be sure that badgers really are spreading bovine TB.

A Political Anniversary

     This year, we celebrate (if that’s the right word) the birth of the only Welsh-speaking Prime Minister Great Britain has ever had.

David Lloyd George was born in Manchester (that’s in Mother England) one-hundred-and-fifty years ago this week.   His family moved to Llanystumdwy, up there in Gwynedd, and he was educated here in Wales.   He was buried beside the River Dwyfor.

He had – as all Prime Ministers have – a lot of critics.   His handling of the First Word War made him a target for criticism.   He was called The Welsh Wizard by some, and rather nasty names by others.

Alas, though, it is being said on the London-based broadcasting media that he was “Britain’s only Welsh Prime Minister”.   Check your history books:  you’ll find that is not so.

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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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