Saturday, 15th June, 2013

The “Welsh” NHS

     I hear from a friend who lives in Ceredigion, not far from Tregaron, that one of his neighbours has had to travel to South Wales to have a hip-operation.   That’s eighty miles from home.

Another neighbour has to travel, fairly often, ninety miles and over Offa’s Dyke to receive his treatment in Mother England.

There is a good hospital in Aberystwyth which, with a bit of the people’s money spent on it, could easily provide a local service.    When “we” go into Syria armed to the teeth with all sorts of weaponry, the money – the people’s money – will be found quickly.

Fight for your RIGHT to have a full NHS service here in Wales, my friends!


Lest We Forget

     Already, the Wasteminister government has begun to allocate lumps of the people’s money to “celebrations” of the centenary of the start of the First World War.

I doubt very much if there is anyone still alive in the British Isles who was around when that “war to end all wars” started or ended.

So why not spend money on every war the politicians and power-hungry have led us into since time began.   Or, perhaps, that would teach our people the facts about their ancestors’ history.

I wonder how many people in Wales have heard of the HyddgenValley, or where it is, or why it is famous in Welsh history.

Farming Crisis

     I have known Wil for many years.   He’s in his eighties now, and has worked hard all his life.   Shepherding is his work – still.

He explained to me what has happened to the sheep-trade during recent years.   The selling-price of lambs makes it hardly worth rearing them

And the strange weather – especially this year – has made shearing the animals hardly worthwhile.   Wool-production is down.

Yet, as he pointed out, farmers cannot simply switch the type of farming they do.   So they have to keep on rearing lambs in the hope that the future will bring better financial times.

It’s not only sheep-farming which has been hit by the Climate Crisis (yes, it is a Crisis).   Dairy herds are becoming less productive, less profitable.   Arable crops have been damaged by the weather.

Wales’ economy – indeed, the economy of the British Isles – has only a couple of production industries these days.   They are farming and tourism.

The question is how do we assist our farmers in these troubled times?   Tourism can look after itself . . . if the weather is good enough . . .

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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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