Saturday, 17th January, 2015.

Always Topical

     When in doubt, you’ll find that writers – professional and otherwise – turn to the weather for a topic.

So I make no apologies for doing so.   Especially with the sudden lump of Winter which has descended on Wales over the last few days.

It has caused chaos all over our land.   And it is not made easier by Members of The Not Very Clever Drivers Club ignoring road conditions and zooming along as if it was high Summer.

We see a lot of bad driving in Wales, especially on country roads.   It is visitors who get the blame as a rule.   But, at this time of year, it has to be mainly our home-grown idiots who cause the problems.

Yes, it’s sad when some perfectly sensible driver has an accident.   But I reckon we could almost obliterate the problem if there was a stupidity-test included when people are examined for their driving-licences.

A Man Who Knows

     Many years ago, I remember a friend of mine interviewing a Tory Minister For Wales.   This was in the Thatcher days, so the party was better organised that it seems today.

His name was John Redwood – the Minister, not my friend – and he sounded quite peeved that he should be asked by someone who lives in Wales questions about Wales.   His tone and his wandering off the subject gave the impression that he would rather spout Thatcherite policies than talk about the country for which he had “responsibility”.

The interview was done on a phone-line between the studio in the heart of Wales and London.   As the interview progressed, my friend was moved to ask an impertinent question:  “Mr. Redwood – do you know where Wales is?”

That irked the interviewee, especially when it was followed by “You live in London, so what do you know about what’s going on in Wales?”

Mr. Redwood almost splothered, but recovered quickly (like any professional politician, and said something about “having adisors who keep me in touch”.

We’ve had other Ministers for Wales since.   And one of them not only knew and knows where Wales is, but is coming to live here with his Welsh-born wife.   They are buying a mansion near Welshpool which has a asking price of two-and-a-half-million pounds!   Mind you, it does have ten bedrooms and ten bathrooms.

Looks like being Secretary of State for Wales is a well-paid job, eh?  And I’m sure the locals will welcome William Hague and his wife to the area and invite them to all sorts of local events like the WI and a darts evening at one of the pubs.

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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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