Saturday, 9th February, 2013.

Independent Thoughts

     Leanne Wood, Leader of Plaid Cymru, believes that a “Yes” vote in Scotland’s referendum on that nation’s independence could help the government of Wales to be given more powers to govern our land.   That is, I suppose, given by Mother England.

It has been a rare even in the history of politics – of all nations – for power to simply be given away.   Most times, it has had to be gained by violence.

I do not recommend violent action (though I empathised with the work of Meibion Glyndwr some years back).

Plaid MP Jonathan Edwards, though, is wary.   He believes that the Welsh economy has to become stronger before any sort of independence can happen.

As a friend of mine said to me recently:  “The Scots have got oil;  we’ve got sheep”.

And my spies in Scotland tell me that there’s a good chance that it will be a “No” vote in 2014.   What then for Wales?

Food For Thought

     It made me a little sad to hear that a successful annual event in Wales has been cancelled for this year.

Glansevern Hall has been the venue for the Welsh Food Festival for a few years now, and the Festival has proved popular.   But the lovely Hall in Berriew, Powys, is up for sale.   That means that the organisers of the Festival are uncertain about the future of the Georgian building, so have decided to wait until it is sold and will then ask the new owners if they can still use the place.

Surely a successful Festival, which attracts so many visitors, will lose a lot of support if it doesn’t take place every year.

Ignoring The Warnings

     A friend of mine is convinced that, with all this strange weather and other peculiar phenomena, Mother Earth is trying to warn humankind in the only way she can that we must rid ourselves of our selfish greed.

Well, not necessarily our selfish greed.   But the selfish greed of those whose love of money overrides their love of the planet (and their fellow human-beings).   “The love of money is the root of all evil” is how my Christian friends put it.

For instance, here is the beautiful – and largely unspoiled – land of Wales, another blot on the landscape is about to appear.

A lovely stretch of common-land down by Swansea is to have a wind-farm put upon it.   There’s no doubt that such a project will spoil that which is unspoiled.

But the facts and figures seem to show that such a wind-farm will be most helpful in supplying lots of local homes with energy.

The facts and figures which interest me more are the ones concerning the population-explosion.   We – humankind – are breeding at an alarming rate.   Here in Wales, we have families which have three, four and more children.   And Mother Earth cannot support that sort of indiscriminate breeding.

A young lady of my acquaintance would like to see Family Allowances and/or extra Social Security paid for only the first two children of any parents.   After that, the parents just have to struggle.   And, she goes on, though it’s lovely to help children grow to maturity, enough is enough.

Perhaps Wales can start a trend towards smaller families.   Then, our precious and special land won’t have to have more urban sprawl or eyesores on every horizon.

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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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