Saturday, 13th April, 2013.

Lest We Forget

     You would not expect me to ignore the passing of Margaret Thatcher.   I shall say as little as possible, though, for it is not in me to rejoice over the death of anyone – whether I liked them or not.

The real truth about her regime was not reported accurately in the British media, for that was – and is – controlled by the rich.   Her divisive tactics split the nation between the minority who were rich and the majority who were poor.

The Miners’ Strike was ill-reported.   Those strikers took action to let the nation know what was going to happen to the mining-industry.   Their leader, Arthur Scargill, was demonised by the media.

But a strike cannot go on as long as that one did without the strikers being convinced that they were doing the right thing.

I am so glad that I contributed to those strikers and their families here in Wales.

There will be street parties all over The Valleys in the next week.   The miners taught their children well – taught them the truth about the reasons for the strike and of the real cause of the reported violence on the picket-lines.

I trust you will teach your own children the truth about the Thatcher years.

The Epidemic Continues

     There was much resistance to the MMR vaccine a few years back.   Mothers thought it could have a harmful effect on their children.   So not all children were vaccinated.

Now, the measles epidemic has spread.   Swansea is still having cases reported and Powys is worried that it may have spread their way.

It is said that it will continue to spread for another month.

Yes, there should be choice in these matters.   But, it seems now, that the MMR vaccine is the only way, currently, of curbing the epidemic.

That must mean that there is no real choice.

Remember

     Lots of people have been invited to next week’s big show in London.   It would be good for us to remember who attends – then we can have some idea of which side those people’s bread is buttered.

One of those attending will be Carwyn Jones, the First Minister in our Assembly Government.   That must be his choice.

This column salutes Neil Kinnock who will be attending the funeral of a friend in South Wales instead, and salutes all who have turned the invitation down.

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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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