Saturday, 14th December, 2013.

Wales Predominant

     Wales made UK news a few days ago – when it was revealed that our land had the longest waiting times for admissions to A. & E. Departments.

We were told that people rushed to hospital in emergencies sometimes have to wait in the ambulance for hours.   Not that they are unattended, of course – but such waiting surely causes stress which adds to the patient’s discomfort.

We cannot blame the staff of either the Ambulance Service or the NHS.   Those services are at full stretch all the time.   They are understaffed.   And that is the real cause of the situation.

One must ask the most dangerous of all questions:  “Why?”.

It is the fault of underfunding.   Not sufficient public money – your money and mine – is being spent on improving those services.

Should the Wasteminster government decide to start a war somewhere, the money would be instantly available.   But for the Welsh NHS, we’re taught that there is precious little to spare.

Disappearing History

     I felt saddened when I heard that, after much effort to preserve it, ColwynBay pier is to be demolished.

For me, the pier is an icon of the past history of the area.   Thousands and thousands of people have strolled its length over the years since it was opened in 1900.

Future generations will not learn of the simple, happy days when holidaymakers were content with an ice-cream and a walk along the prom.   Times change – but not necessarily for the better.

Disappearing Countryside

     There are plans to create an M4 “relief road” in Gwent.   The reason given is that it would ease motor-traffic on the M4.

You will know – if you have been taught well – that much of this traffic would never have come into being had Doctor Beeching’s Axe not hacked away much of our railway infrastructure.   And much of it is unnecessary, anyway.

The proposed “relief road” would ruin ancient woodlands in the area.   I can do no better than quote Angharad Evans, The Woodland Trust’s Campaigns Officer:-

“The Welsh government’s own planning policy recognises that ancient woodlands are irreplaceable habitats of high biodiversity value which should be protected from development that would result in significant damage.

“Yet the motorway would totally destroy one beautiful ancient woodland east of Castleton while one of the options would threaten another at Duffryn.

“We just cannot afford to destroy our irreplaceable natural heritage like this.”

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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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