Saturday, 29th June, 2013.

Welcome To Wales

     Wrexham is the chosen site for a brand new British prison.   The carrot dangled in front of locals gaining that distinction is that “it will create a thousand jobs”.

For me, this follows on a discussion I’ve been having recently about capital-punishment as opposed to life-imprisonment.

What is clear among the people of Wales is that the vast majority of us feel that prisons are too comfortable.   Prisoners have four square meals a day, television and access to the Internet.

Surely, the opinions go, prison should be made to be much more bleak.   Prisoners then would be more likely to reflect on their crimes and more likely to go straight on release.

It seems, though, that advocates of capital-punishment would not like to be the executioner themselves.

Money Or Health?

     To sort out financial problems in the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s area – up there in North Wales – operations have been purposely delayed, and waiting lists purposely allowed to grow longer and longer.

A survey revealed that there were many, many things wrong with the administration of the NHS in that area.   “Significant management failings” is how the situation has been described.

The Chairman and the Chief Executive of the Board are quitting now that the report has been published.

Look, good people:  the National Health Service was set up to look after people’s health.   The financing thereof is an entirely separate issue.

It’s Our Earthquake Season!

     Staying in North Wales, I have to mention that another earthquake struck the LleynPeninsula this week.

In May, another one hit the area.   This month’s ‘quake wasn’t quite as strong and was followed by a small earth-tremor.

Many people in the area felt the earth shake.   Some of ‘em smiled . . .

Seriously, this is becoming a regular phenomenon in our land.   Could this be, as my fundamentalist Christian friends tell me, the Earth beginning to shake like a drunken man?   The Bible, they say, warns us of such times.

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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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