Saturday, 18th May, 2013.

At Last, Thought I

     I received an e-mail at one of my addresses.   The subject was loud and clear: “BURGER MADNESS!”.

At last, I thought, someone has found a connection between eating grease-burgers and one’s mental condition.   I have never been too sure what goes into those things one can buy at certain establishments, despite what it says on the label.

Alas, no.   It was yet another piece of junk-mail.   Perhaps, with its subject, “junk-mail” is an appropriate phrase.

Yet, There Is Sanity

     I have just been sent a newsletter by Plaid Cymru.   It’s great to have a leader like Leanne Wood.   The lady seems to know where she’s heading – an unusual thing in British politics these days.   And she does it without the bullying tactics which typified Thatcher.

The Party has just brought out “Plan C”, which contains the points which they feel important to Wales.   Here they are:-

  1. Support full implementation of the Silk Commission Part 1 recommendations to give a future Welsh Government greater tools;
  2. Start a ‘buy local’ campaign, including legislation to improve public procurement, as well as improving opportunities for Welsh based business within the procurement chain to create 50,000 new jobs;
  3. A Business bank for Wales to support SMEs and with promotion of the Welsh economy as a priority;
  4. A Green New Deal, supporting the green economy, including a GreenSkillsTechnicalCollege;
  5. Support new infrastructure projects which create jobs now and increase connectivity, such as the Valleys Metro, and special purpose investment vehicles such as Build 4 Wales;
  6. Make the most of our talents. Create apprenticeships and job opportunities by investing in training and working with both large and SME businesses and training providers to ensure that young people have market-ready skills. Tackle under-employment by supporting people into work, supporting higher value jobs, flexible working patterns and childcare assistance;
  7. Promote co-operative and mutual forms of business, including social enterprises, to develop and improve business and entrepreneurial skills in our communities.

They make sense to me.

An Ill Wind?

     Am I the only one in Wales to have noticed the very strong winds we are having these days and which appear to be the norm now?

It seems only a few years since the prevailing wind for the part of Wales in which I live was North-Westerly – a wet wind, but predictable.

Now, there is no “prevailing” wind, because it blows from all sorts of directions at all times of the year.

The same applies to every part of our land:  there is no such thing now as a prevailing wind.

Another indication of Climate Change.   But there are still people who choose to believe it isn’t happening.

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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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