Saturday, 23rd February, 2013.

More Of The Meat Menace

     I have heard more puns about horses and horse-meat recently to last me a lifetime!   It seems that nowhere is safe from being upset by the stuff in every savoury product.

Councils in Wales have promised “more vigorous” testing of meat-products, especially as – on the heels of two arrests near Aberystwyth – a firm in Builth Wells has supplied food which “proved positive” when tested for horse-meat.

Horse-flesh, and lots of flesh from other cuddly animals, is not in itself harmful.   It’s the chemicals given to the horses which are proving dangerous.

And I read that some pundit says it’s impossible to cut out meat completely.   Tell that to the veggies and vegans, bachgen!

My tip for safe food is to buy locally produced meat and vegetables.   Simple.   And that will help our Welsh economy, too.

Still Worrying

     At the time of writing, a few dozen workers at Anglesey Aluminium are stress due to having to wait till it’s announced whether or not their jobs are safe.

The firm has said that there’s “a strong likelihood” of their jobs going and the plant closing.

You’ll recall the closure of the smelting works about four years ago.   Nigh on four-hundred jobs disappeared then.   And the company says – though it isn’t using these exact words – it’s not making enough profit.

And we ordinary folk are governed by those whose object is profit.   We who produce the goods are regarded by many, many employers as a necessary expense . . . I nearly said “necessary evil”.

But what is The Welsh Labour Party doing about the job situation in our land (yes, we still have such a political party – albeit only in name).   Is that bunch fighting to reinstate Clause 4 of The Labour Party’s aims and objectives?   Oh, no, of course not:  we are now in the days of “New Labour” – nothing to do with The Labour Party, of course.


     Yes, even an old disinterested-in-sport bloke like me knows that SwanseaCity – a Soccer team, I believe – has done very well in recent times.   Another part of putting Wales on the map is how I see the team, so well done!

Tomorrow, they’re playing an inferior (by all accounts) side in the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley.   When the Swans win, they’ll be knocking eight bells out of teams in Europe next season.   Another reminder for the world that Wales is a nation.

So I for one am going to force myself to cheer the lads on, and I’m going to let my friends on the other side of Offa’s Dyke that Wales is a very different place to Mother England.   (Well, at least we have our own government . . .)

Joyous News

     No matter what the outcome of that match, though, we in Wales are going to have a visit from The Queen of England.   And she’s coming to Swansea (the place has influence, obviously).

She’ll be here at Gwyl Dewi and give out leeks to lads of 3rd Battalion, The Royal Welsh Regiment.   Crowds will turn out to see her – everyone loves to see a “celeb”.

Nice of her to call.   Wonder if she’ll mention anything about giving Wales an Independence Referendum.

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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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