Saturday, 16th March, 2013.

Feeling Lucky?

     Leanne Wood is a great “public-face” for Plaid Cymru.   She’s a bright lady, too.   But it looks as if she may be putting her job as AM on the line.

Ms. Wood is going to stand in Rhondda when next there’s an Assembly election.   That means she cannot stand as candidate in the South Wales Central constituency.

But that law may change if the Wasteminster government in London has its way.   You will know that, despite being quite capable of running our own affairs, Wales still has to do what it’s told by that governing body situated in Mother England.   Though do not think it’s the English government – England hasn’t got its own parliament yet.

When she wins – I did not say “if” – that seat, she will have beaten our current Education Minister, Leighton Andrews, a New Labour man.   And Plaid won the seat in the very first Assembly election.

Go for it, Leanne!

Gotcha!

     Drunks in Cardiff are going to be filmed when they are inebriated.   Then, when sober, they’ll be shown themselves behaving – or misbehaving – under the influence of alchol.

We must, of course, cease to call these people “revellers”.   To enjoy a pint is not a terrible thing.   To be a binge-drinker, though, does no good to anyone.

Alcoholism is rampant in our land.   Let us hope that those who see themselves on film behaving drunkenly will learn lessons.   And that the real alcoholics will ask for help.

Power To The People

     There’s a movement bubbling under in Mid-Wales to stop the rot in NHS services.

Though Bronglais hospital in Aberystwyth is seen in pretty pictures to have new facilities open nowadays, many services are being eroded there.

Folk from right across Mid-Wales often have to travel many miles for the treatment they need.   That trip can take Welsh-speaker into England where using what, to the patient, is a foreign language cannot help the healing process.   And why should people have to travel so far for treatment, anyway?

So that’s sparked off this “Save Bronglais Services” campaign.   The people involved want me to point out that the fault does not lie with the nursing staff – the people up the sharp end – but with the far away office-wallahs who make the decisions on the basis of (you’ve guessed it!) profitability.

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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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