Saturday, 7th February, 2015.

It’s Only A Game!

     I shall not even mention the result of last night’s Rugby match.   But I will comment on an aspect of all such games.

Yesterday – and through most of the week – I’ve been hearing anti-English propaganda.   Propaganda, that is, not aimed at the English Rugby team, but at English people and England itself in general.

Fortunately, this propaganda – filled as it seemed to be with hatred for all things English – was only spread by a few of The People of Wales.

It is a fact that the few people who call themselves “nationalists” really do use hate as a weapon.   It is a fact, too, that the majority of Welsh folk who have Wales and the ways of its People in their hearts have no need for hate – they are simply proud patriots.   And those proud patriots are the ones who will bring independence to our land.

Nearly Forgot!

     And that first outburst was all I was going to say this week.   However, there’s something which has caught my eye and which I pass on now.

The nice, old-fashioned town of Aberystwyth has been steadily “developed” for some years now.   The character of the town – which is the way any place echoes its own history – is changing as old buildings disappear and new ones appear on the sites they leave.

Two supermarkets are coming to the town, and they’ll be slap-dab in the middle.   To create space for those supermarkets – Tesco and Marks & Spencer – several old streets will be altered.   One of them obliterated completely.

In one of them, there was an elderly lady who refused to sell her home, where she had lived for many a year, to the “developers”.

So the powers-that-be stuck a compulsory-purchase-order on that home, moved her to alternative accommodation, and knocked her old home down.

There is already a movement in the Aberystwyth area to boycott those two supermarkets when they arrive.   And that movement is doing that to show its love for the town’s character and history.   Please spread the word.

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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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