Saturday, 23rd March, 2013.

As In Days Of Yore

     Rarely, in these days since the working-class was brought to heel by being taught to forget who it is, do we hear of strike action.

When Wales had large production-industries, the workers would take such action when they had a genuine grievance.   And rightly so.

Up in Anglesey, then, about three-hundred workers may strike because they feel the redundancy payments offered by Welsh Country Food are insufficient.    Indeed, Vion – who own the company – paid better rates when it closed a factory in Scotland.

We must compare apples with apples:  what’s good for the Scots must be just as good for the Welsh.   Go for it, you workers!

Climate Change

     Not for more than thirty years have there been such big snowfalls in Wales.   It may be longer than that.

It’s mainly along the Marches where it’s fallen.   And it’s caused chaos in some places.

Oddly enough, this news coincides with the Tories plan to stop school-children from learning about climate change.

Perhaps the capitalist system is worried about youngsters finding out about the “rape of the fair country” by profit-motivated companies which have caused this climate change.

Can’t have youngsters learning things like that, can we?

NHS Changes

     At last there’s a proposed change within our NHS with which, on the face of it, I agree!

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board want fat people – please to call them “obese” – to try to lose weight before they have operations.   Further, smokers may be required to give up the habit before surgery is performed on them.

Seems reasonable that we in Wales should learn to look after our own health rather than expect the NHS to put us right when we’ve made ourselves ill.   But I’ll bet there’s an outcry against the proposals.   (Probably from fat people with fags in their mouths!)

Sports Report

     You will know, dear reader, that, though I live and work in Wales, I am no sports-fan.   Years back, when most games weren’t run as profit-making businesses, I was slightly interested.

However, I must congratulate the Welsh Rugby Team on last weekend’s success.   Even non-sporting types like me have benefited:  the number of jokes being made about the English Team have brightened many a conversation for me recently.   Many of those wisecracks have had a lovely, anti-English tone.   Perhaps such laughter could convert me into becoming a sports-fan.

That would be another splendid victory for Wales.

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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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