Saturday, 4th April, 2015.

“Everyone Shall Have Prizes”

          Thursday’s “Seven Leader Debate” on television was viewed in a great wave of disinterest.

We all got fed up of electioneering rhetoric long before last Christmas, didn’t we?   And many folk in Wales are being turned off going to vote by all the kerfuffle.   That’s understandable.   But, if we fail to use our vote, we lose our right to complain about whatever government takes over Wasteminster.

I’m told that Wales’ own Leanne Wood was shouted down several times by the male politicians.   Par for the course, I suppose – sexist attitudes still prevail.

Perhaps Leanne should dress in an expensive suit and speak with a public-school accent.   The leaders of the “three main parties” may listen to what she says then.

Not to worry.   But please, People of Wales, use your vote.   And let your choice be someone who’s been brought up in – or has lived in – your constituency for a long time.

And don’t be put off by all the rhubarb most politicians are spouting.

But It’s Still Wales

          As I write, the build up of traffic bringing visitors – holidaymakers – into our land has started.   Easter is the first Bank Holiday of the year for folk to come here and explore Wales.

Many of them will refer to things happening in Mother England as happening “in this country”.

Gently correct them.   Let them know that Wales is not a part of England, a mere English county.   And give ‘em our usual warm welcome.

Music To My Ears

          Purely by chance, I heard a programme on Radio 4 UK called “Profile” a few days ago.   And, again by chance, it told the life-story of our own Leanne Wood.

A fascinating documentary – and how nice to hear a politician with a Welsh accent, a Valleys accent.

Have a listen online for yourselves:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05nk3gm

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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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