My spies up in Scotland have sent me news that a lot of Scots are concerned about next year’s Referendum bringing them independence. Those concerned seem to be referring to Scotland ending up as a republic run by Europe.
Personally, I think the Scots are too canny to let that happen. But it does pose a question.
If and when Wales gains independence, and as our major industries are near-enough defunct, would we have to depend to a great degree on Euro-money to fund us?
Also, we must be sure of what we would be independent.
As a taster of what independence would be like, we should have the right – now! – to make our own laws, and be given the right to decide on many things Welsh.
The seemingly-unnecessary slaughter of badgers in Mother England, for example, did not happen here in Wales. It seems only a short while since Westminster would have decreed that we in Wales were subject to the same laws as our neighbours over Offa’s Dyke.
Little by little, then, we must test our own ability to run our own affairs. Most of the people of Wales know that ability exists!
Our Air Ambulances
I have to confess that I was quite shocked to find that, in the whole of Wales, we have only three air-ambulances: one in Welshpool, one in Caernarfon and one in Swansea.
It seems, too, that never a week passes when there’s not a collection to support the service, which is a charity. That surprised me, too.
Our air-ambulances are a vital part of Wales’ health service. There is much of our land where even 4-wheel-drive vehicles cannot go, especially in Winter.
Shouldn’t the service be funded by “public” money?
Meantime, the crews are on stand-by for a few more hours a day starting this month. And that, my friends, is necessary progress.
Meanwhile . . .
. . . Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is worried about what might be a £56, 000,000 shortfall in its budget over the next few years.
This has been caused by the Wasteminster government decreeing all sorts of things to make the running of the Welsh area more and more difficult.
The Labour leader in the Council – a chap called Anthony Christopher – has said the blame lies with the “ruthless austerity measures” which Wasteminster ministers have imposed.
Another case for our independence?