Saturday, 28th March, 2015.

Does Wales Exist?

       That’s a rhetorical question, of course.   Wales as a nation has existed for hundreds of years.   And, as a nation, it will have its independence one day.

          To that end – independence – the People of Wales must start thinking of themselves as part of this magical land.   Far too often I hear newcomers to our nation using the phrase “in this country” when what they really mean is “in the UK”.

For, if you live in Wales, you must know that “this country” is Wales.

And that would be a way to make the London-based BBC mention us separately when it comes to, for instance, weather forecasts.

I often hear as I move around our land weather forecasts from London which mention the English West Country and Midlands and North.   I hear, too, Scotland and Northern Ireland mentioned.

But, far too often, Wales is missed out entirely.   It’s as if it’s a tiny English county and lumped in with either the English West Country or the Midlands.

And it doesn’t stop there.   Even major programmes from London seem to have the same attitude far too often.   Yes, I know we have Radio Cymru and Radio Wales supplying us with our own news, weather forecasts and traffic conditions.

But if the BBC can mention Birmingham and Edinburgh, etcetera, in its broadcasts, it should also mention Wales – shouldn’t it?

Sad News

I was upset to have been told that horses in our land are becoming more and more abused.   I use the word “abused” because the RSPCA say that more and more of the animals are being classed as “unwanted” or “neglected”.

Taking on the responsibility of any animal means one has to work and do one’s best to look after – and train – that animal.   And I’m sure that the very size of a horse would be enough to ensure that idiots did not take it on as some sort of domestic pet!

Yet those idiots walk among us, even in our special land.

The RSPCA is running out of space to keep these poor horses, too.   That’s the size of the problem.

My friends, I urge you never to take on the responsibility of an animal – from tiny tame mice to carthorses – without carefully considering your responsibility to that animal before letting your heart rule your head.

A Question Of Loyalty

Yes, we’re all getting tired of hearing the rhetoric being spouted by the “major” political parties to try to get us to send their candidates to London, England, to be MPs.

But what if someone who represents a Welsh constituency in our own Assembly Government decides to quit in the hope to represent an English constituency in the “United” Kingdom’s government?

Tory Antoinette Sandbach is going to stand for election in a place called Eddisbuty, over the border in Cheshire.  It appears to be a safe Tory seat.

I reckon it would be a great idea for us to ask – publicly – where the loyalties of the candidates for our Assembly lie.   Surely someone wanting to be part of our National Government should have her (or his) feet firmly placed in our land – rather than being a turncoat who thinks we are a colony of Mother England.

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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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