Saturday, 21st December, 2013.

The Cost Of Job Retention

          If you’re in work, do you get a great big bonus for simply staying in your job?   Seems that our Guardians of the Law do.

£150,000 was handed out to Dyfed-Powys senior police officers between 2009 and 2012.   That money is called a “retention bonus”.   And now they’re being asked to pay it back.

According to legal advisors, all that cash was paid out “in good faith”.   And the recipients accepted it in the same spirit.

Perks of the job, eh?

Most of us are never offered such perks.   So I suggest that, if you are in paid employment, you mention “retention bonuses” to your boss.   And I’d be interested to hear what answers you get!

Winter Weather

     “At last,” said the man in front of me in a queue, “Winter weather is here.”

He seemed relieved.   Obviously he does not live in an area where roads have become dodgy or where the storms have caused a lot of flooding and damage to property.

Driving to work and avoiding fallen trees is no way to celebrate the weather we’ve had this week.   And many of our mountains and higher ground has had serious snowfalls.

Yes, that snow makes our land look attractive and Christmassy.   But we have to think of the poor farmers and drivers whose lives it affects.

I trust the people of Wales will take care – and won’t celebrate any sort of bad weather.

The Year Turns

     Today – 21st December – is the last day of the Old Year.   Despite most of us having to wait a week or so to start saying “Blwyddyn Newydd Da”, tonight will be the longest night of the past year, and tomorrow will be the start of lighter mornings and evenings.

Not that we’ll notice much change for a few weeks!

Yes, it’s the Winter solstice, and I know a few folk in Wales who will be celebrating that, some of them with interesting ceremonies.

So, whatever you celebrate at this time of year and over the next couple of weeks, I wish you joy and happiness.

And – dare I say it? – “Nadolig Llawen”!

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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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