Saturday, 8th February, 2014.

Forward Planning

     Looks like the rest of the world is going to be connected to Swansea – well, not just yet.   By 2021, there should be a rail-link between Heathrow and The Land of the Jacks.

Well, that’s if the plans go through, and £500,000,000 can be found.

According to Network Rail, the plan “will drive economic growth through improved access to overseas markets”.   I suppose that means boats from Swansea will take goods imported from Mother England across the Bristol Channel to Devon and Cornwall.

The fact that such a plan – one to help Wales – has been announced can’t be bad news for our Welsh economy.   Now what about a plan to create a railway link from, say, Aberystwyth to Carmarthen just like there was until the 1960s, thus creating a link between Ceredigion and Old Merioneth to our Welsh big cities?

And There’s More!

     CardiffAirport may become “an international hub” if plans sent to the Wasteminster government are approved.   The idea is to transform the Airport into “Heathrow’s Atlantic Terminal”.

CardiffAirport will then change its name to “Western Gateway”.   And the transformation will only cost £250,000,000.

Looks like somebody in London knows where Wales is . . .

Strike For Your Rights

     You will have gathered that I am a believer in Power To The People.

The overwhelming majority of us can still be said to be working-class (though Mr. Blair tried to make us believe that the entire population of These Isles should be known as “ordinary people”).

The word “strike” has been made to seem an evil thing.   Perhaps we should start calling the withdrawal of labour “industrial action”, for that is what it is.   Working-people withdraw their labour to gain benefits, whether they be a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay or an improvement in working conditions.

On 26th March, teachers in Wales will be joining their English colleagues in industrial action.   This will be done to protect teachers’ pay structure, their working-conditions and their pensions.

Already, Wasteminster has started to indoctrinate us to show dislike to what our teachers will be doing.   “Parents won’t like it” and “It’ll ruin the children’s education” are a couple of the phrases being bandied about.

Look – we can protect our children’s education and gain approval of their parents only if our teachers feel comfortable in their often-tough jobs.

So what our teachers are doing is to benefit the education system.

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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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