Saturday, 26th July, 2014.

The Cost Of Living?

     It seems that our Assembly Government is just getting round to admitting that alcohol can lead to bad health.

Mind you, so can jumping off cliffs and standing in the way of oncoming trains.   The choice, therefore, must be left with the user (or jumper or stander!).

But it must be an informed choice.   And, clearly, we as a society do not always understand the dangers of the drug called alcohol.

So our Assembly, bless ‘em, are hoping to introduce a minimum price for alcohol in our land.   This decision is backed by a team of experts who comprise a panel of advisors.

The minimum price – 50p per unit – could be made law under the Public Health Bill.   I was going to add “soon” at the end of that sentence but, like all political acts, it will take best part of a year to implement.

Cheats Spoil A System

     It seems that people have been defrauding the system by claiming disabilities they do not have in order to get blue badges to which they’re not entitled.   That’s so they can use parking-spaces set apart for genuinely disabled folk.

A rotten practice, of course, but it’s gone on for a long time.

Now, Peter Black AM has brought the matter up in our Assembly.   Peter has helped several people, who are genuinely disabled, to hold onto their blue badges.   Well done him!

Looks, though, as if the evidence of entitlement rules are going to be much stricter in future.   It’s said that genuine cases may lose out – and that’s just because of the dishonesty of a tiny minority in our society.

I saw recently a sticker on the windscreen of a car illegally left in a parking-bay clearly marked for disabled folk only.   The sticker read:  “I you take my parking space will you also take my disability?”

When In Doubt . . .

     . . . talk about the weather!

And there’s been a lot of talk about that subject over the last few days, and even weeks.   It really is a very different Summer from what we’re used to, and I make no apologies for mentioning the subject.

Here in Wales, the holiday-trade seems to have benefited from what’s happening.   Many folk from the Midlands and Lancashire seem to have nipped over Offa’s Dyke for a quick awayday or a weekend.   And I’m told that holiday booking at resorts have risen appreciably.

Yet Welsh farmers are having difficulties.   No rain plus burning sun has reduced the grass on which to graze our livestock.   If you look at the tops of our mountains, you will notice they are very brown.

Climate-change is the cause.   But, if you’re pardon the phrase, let us make hay while the sun shines – and extend a warm Welsh welcome to our visitors!

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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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