Saturday, 24th August, 2013.

Getting Back To Basics

     The basics I mean are those of simple, socialist principles.   Those principles were once the basis of the now-seemingly-defunct Working Class Movement.

    The foremost of those principles was “From each according to his means, to each according to his needs”.   That principle guided Nye Bevan and his companions to set up the original Welfare State.

   Now, though, Wales may have set the example of how to return to those fundamental ideals.

     Down at the Unity mine, at Cwmgwrach, Neath, the lads have decided to share shifts to give work to their mates as well as themselves.   For some reason (the usual word used by management is “economics”), the pit management claim that there’s only work for sixty-six men, though two-hundred-and-twenty are employed at the moment.

     The miners’ share-plan would mean a drop in wages for all of them – perhaps down to a quarter of what they earn now.

     That plan would also help the pit to remain open, I’m told.

     We must praise those miners;  and add them to the working-class history which we need – oh, how much we need – to teach our loved ones.

As Quick As A Flash-Flood

     You may remember that five-hundred homes up in St. Asaph were flooded when Afon Elwy burst its banks last year.

     That was in November.   And now, nine months later, work has begun to sort the river itself, so that water will drain faster.

     There’s a rumour that the work will cost five-million pounds.   So what:  we are talking about people’s homes, and our Welsh communities here.

     If there was an invasion by the USA and the UK of Syria or some other far-away land, the money would be found for the weaponry, and no particular comment would be seen in the Media.

    Perhaps we should ensure our governments – Cardiff and Wasteminster – get their priorities in order.

Responsible Pet-Owners

     Yes, I know there’s a massive doggie-doo problem throughout Wales.   Everywhere I go, it’s the same:  irresponsible dog-owners do not clear up after their “little darlings”.

     But now, these stupid people are showing a lot more irresponsibility than that.

     Recently, down in Mountain Ash, a great big St. Bernard had to be rescued from an empty house by the RSPCA.   It took half-a-dozen people to carry the animal from the house.

     Why was it there?   Well, it seems that there’s a nationwide tendency to simply leave pets behind when moving house.   The “excuse” seems to be that the idiots moving to a new home have chosen one where their pets would not “fit in”.

     My dog is my friend, not a pet.   And to abandon any animal which has joined one’s family and which depends on that family for its security is immoral.

     Let us impress that on our neighbours.   Let us try to make them understand their responsibilities.

     But the good news is that a lifeboat-crew up in Flintshire has rescued a dolphin which was stranded on a local sandbank.

     Most of us, I guess, are caring folk.

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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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