Saturday, 2nd November, 2013.

Success At Last!

     I had a message from a friend who lives in Mid-Wales last night.   He was aglow from a very successful journey he’d had.

For the first time in his driving-life, he had passed through Newtown – with its five sets of traffic-lights – with absolutely no delays!

That small town is a true bottleneck.   The main road from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth runs right through the middle of it, and that road picks up a lot of traffic from all along its route – only to be brought to a total halt in Newtown.

Perhaps a by-pass might be considered . . .

Another Reason

     For a Newtown by-pass, that is.   If you live along Cardigan Bay in West Wales, for certain medical treatments, you have to travel all the way to Oswestry in England.

To do so, you have to pass through – guess where? – Newtown.

And there’s not a lot of Welsh spoken in Oswestry!   So someone who is first-language Welsh may feel a little less comfortable chatting with hospital staff there.

Tell you what:  let’s spend the money we were going to spend on that Newtown by-pass on making those medical treatments available in, say, Aberystwyth!

Problem – well, both problems – solved!

A Step Forward – Perhaps

     I wonder if it was just a vote catching exercise.   The Visit, I mean.   The day Messrs. Cameron and Clegg deigned to turn up at our Welsh Assembly and spout rhetoric for a little while.

Mr. Cameron is offering some sort of control to our Welsh Government over various taxes.   But there’s a proviso – we will have to have a referendum first to see if we’re all happy about CardiffBay having such powers.

The only reason why Mother England does just give Wales independence to run all its own affairs is that the English establishment doesn’t think the people of Wales are capable of running their own land.

We could run our land no worse that the way Wasteminster is doing!

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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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