Saturday, 9th March, 2013.

Open Government?

     The Chief Executive of Caerphilly Council seems to have had a pay-rise of £25,000 or thereabouts.   Wales’ Audit Office says that the rise was not lawful.

There’s no record of how that rise was granted, because the Council meeting at which it was passed was neither advertised nor was any proper record of what went on kept.

The police have moved in.

So poor Anthony O’Sullivan is under a lot of stress.   Does he really get that pay-rise or not?   I’m sure the affair will be settled amicably.

Urgent Or Not Urgent?

     Right across the mythical land of Englandnwales, lots and lots of phone-calls to the police are being totally ignored.

So calls to the 101 number, set up for not-quite-emergency-calls, were not answered for much of the time.   And the callers are getting so fed up of waiting that they simply hang up.

That means, as you will have realised, that many not-quite-emergencies are not reported.   They’re such things as theft and drug-dealing.   So that’s alright, then.

Our boys in blue (and our girls in blue, too) are hard-pressed with the amount of work they have.   Our police service is under-staffed.   And that is the fault of “cutbacks” made by the Wasteminster government.

In these days of increasing crime, should that government not get its priorities right.   Or does it not consider the difficulties of decent, law-abiding people who feel they are under threat?


     At last a Police Commissioner is making it clear what his priorities are.

Winston Roddick (that’s his name, you people up in Conwy who can’t remember) is making public just what plans he has made for the next five years.

Every shiny new Commissioner is now required to set out such plans.

Perhaps, before those plans are made public, we should all be told just what those Commissioners are supposed to do – and why a costly and party-political election was dumped upon us all of a sudden.

If We Forget Our History . . .

     . . . we can’t understand our present and plan for our future.

So it’s good news that CardiganCastle is being renovated and made safe at last.   I remember it being famous for its steel framework!

The edifice was the site of the very first Eisteddfod.   That was back in 1176 and Rhys ap Gruffydd was its prime mover.   He was a great Welshman and a great Welsh patriot was old Rhys.   And the old place was one of the first stone castles built by the princes of Wales (when those worthies were all born and raised here rather than having to be Anglo-Greco-Germanic foreigners).

At last I feel money is being well-spent.

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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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