“It’s Only Wales”
That seems to be the attitude of Mother England, and even in organisations which label themselves “UK”.
BBC Radio 4 UK is one such. It broadcasts to the whole of these Isles and all round the world. However, when something happens in our land which is equal to anything happening in the land East of Offa’s Dyke, the Beeb – in its wisdom – tells only of the English event.
This week, an awful lot of people in North Wales – Anglesey and Gwynedd – found themselves without electricity. It hasn’t been mentioned on BBC Radio 4 UK.
But the similar situation in the South of England seemed to appear on every news-report from that station.
A lot of flooding has happened in Wales, too. One of the worst places was in Rhyl where one-hundred-and-fifty homes were flooded and the occupants re-housed.
However, they will not be able to return to their homes for TEN MONTHS! A Councillor up there says it will take that long for the work on those houses to be completed.
And not a peep about it on BBC Radio 4 UK!
Perhaps – and I only say perhaps – there is some hidden plan to ignore the fact that Wales is a separate nation.
It seems that everywhere in Wales has had some sort of “swimming festival” in recent days. Hundreds and hundreds of our people have been splashing about in the sea, in lakes, in pools and even in rivers.
One of my correspondents said “Pity they haven’t got something better to do”. But lots of these bold people have been sponsored to take the plunge (!) and will have made a fair bit of cash for charities.
In a world which sometimes seems sad and divided, it’s good to be reminded that there are decent, caring people who – daft though it seems – do daft things like this. And such people are in the vast majority.
Thank goodness we have so many of them in Wales.
And, as the year slips away, I hope your 2013 has been kind to you, and that 2014 willl be even kinder.
Blwyddyn Newydd Da!