The People’s Verdict
I have not mentioned the terrible news surrounding little April Jones in this column before. I felt it would be inappropriate.
However, the news I’ve heard from the trial of the man accused of the abduction and murder of the child has been a topic of discussion throughout Wales and even beyond.
It seems that people everywhere have decided, from the facts given by the police, that the man is guilty as charged. And the anger of our people – from all walks of life – is unbridled.
However, the question everyone seems to be asking is an important one: what is to be done with him when, through the legal process, he is found guilty?
Certainly this man is not what we believe to be “normal”. His mind operates differently to that of most folk.
Yet most of us feel that he must be punished, and that the punishment should fit the crime.
Let us see what is decided by the court.
An Unusual Item
Unusual because, as regular readers know, I am the world’s least-interested-in-sport person.
However, I cannot but give my congratulations to Jade Jones and Ellie Simmonds, the two athletes from here in Wales who won Gold Medals at the 2012 Olympics. For they have been honoured with an MBE and an OBE down there in Buck House, London. It was presented to them by our own Prince of Wales, for whom we all voted when he put up for election last time.
Yes, I know there is no British Empire these days, but youngsters achieving great things set a standard for other youngsters. And, goodness knows, we need to set high standards in these shoulder-shrugging, am-I-bothered days.
Thanks, girls, for your efforts – and, perhaps, making more people aware that this place called Wales is a nation separate from England.
I travel a fair amount in Wales. I enjoy the changing scenery, and meeting people from different parts of our land. It’s great to see what’s happening and where.
But one thing never changes, it seems: the bottleneck called Newtown in Powys.
In the space of about a mile, there are five sets of traffic lights.
That road through the town is the main thoroughfare from the English Midlands to West Wales. So, as well as local traffic at rush hours – school-trips, people going to and from work, etc. – we have long-distance lorries and similar traffic struggling to get through Newtown. You can add to that a lot of holiday-traffic throughout the Summer.
So that excellent town needs to find a solution, especially to the eleven minutes it took me to get through it other day.
Wonder if the powers that be will ever grasp that nettle?