Saturday, 21st June, 2014.

The Voice Of The People

     It isn’t often these days to hear of any group of people working together for the common good.   Many years ago, one would hear of industrial action in Wales in particular.   But news of such action came from Aberystwyth this week.

Seventy members at Aber University stood up and were counted when they protested against their pensions being messed about.   That messing about could cause their lower paid colleagues to be worse off on retirement.

Aberystwyth comes over as a quiet, peaceful town.   And, indeed, the protest was peaceful.   But it was a little vociferous, too!

It could be that the situation, if not rectified soon, will be the cause of University staff withdrawing their labour – i.e., going on strike.   The strike is planned for 22nd September, so the management must get its skates on or Aber Uni will be in the news again.

Spoiling The Scenery

     As I travel around our land, I notice an increasing amount of litter.   It’s general debris, usually fag-packets, sweet wrappers, crisp packets and beer cans.

That’s a shame:  Wales is a beautiful place and we should not do anything to spoil that beauty.

Recently, all sorts of junk was dumped on private land near Bridgend.   You name it and it was dumped.

The chap who did the dumping and, it was pointed out, changed a village’s landscape, did that dumping on his own land.   Nevertheless, he was found guilty of illegal dumping – operating without consent – and has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

I’m not suggesting that the chucking away of the occasional fag-packet or beer can should received as tough a penalty as that for the chucker.   What I’m suggesting that we have a concerted campaign, possibly organised by our Welsh Government, to educate our people not to throw litter.

And it is not only youngsters who are litter-louts!

     More On Education

     When the watchdog Estyn looked into the education services in Wales, they found that a few places came into the category of “special measures”;  that is those places needed to improve their educational standards.

But now there’s been an improvement.  Both Pembrokeshire and Sir Fon (Anglesey) have improved their standards in the last couple of years.   Well done, both of you.

And Powys, too, has improved its education system, though it did not come under the “special measures” category.

If we do not educate our youngsters well, we may end up with more than – or do I mean less than? – litter-louts.

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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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