Who said that Offa’s Dyke “has become the line between life and death”?
Sounds like some Prophet of Doom, doesn’t it? Maybe it was. For that was said, among other things, by David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the “United” Kingdom when speaking at the Welsh Tory conference up in Llangollen.
He was banging on about the state of the NHS in Wales. “One in seven people in Wales is on an NHS waiting-list,” he claimed. He blames, not unexpectedly, the Welsh Labour Party.
Addressing Tories and saying such things is bound to receive applause. But we who are non-Tories see that Cameron’s lot haven’t exactly gained a reputation for helping the people of Wales!
Indeed, we must wonder if anyone in Wasteminster – other than MPs from our land – knows anything at all about Wales.
Certainly many moons ago when Tory John Redwood was Wasteminster’s Minister for Wales, he did an interesting Welsh radio interview in which his ignorance of Wales and its people glowed clearly! And Mother England’s imperialistic views on our land have not changed since.
But There’s Hope!
Freedom from a ruling power has never been give freely. It usually has to be taken by those who want that freedom.
So it was heartening to hear that our Welsh government down in Cardiff Bay is going to start calling itself “The Welsh Parliament”! And that’s without going cap-in-hand to Wasteminster or, I suppose, Lizzie Windsor.
Scotland has its Parliament, and the Isle of Man has had a Parliament for centuries. Now Wales wants – and shall get – the same status. And with that status must come the right to have our own affairs run by people who live in our land and understand their neighbours’ needs.
More Attempted Erosion
The Citizens Advice Bureau is something we take for granted. Most of us don’t use its facilities, but those who do are very grateful for its help on a wide range of matters.
I understand that it is mainly the less wealthy among our people who use it the most. That’s as it should be, I reckon.
Now Aberystwyth’s CAB is under threat – because funding is being withdrawn. And that Bureau has a very wide and diverse catchment area.
Let us hope that the petition to keep it open is successful, and that – wherever we live in Wales – we keep an eye on our own, local CAB.