Saturday, 11th April, 2015.

“Gather Ye Rosebuds . . .

     . . . while ye may.  Strong winds do shake . . .” – well, yes, it is only April, but a quote is a quote!

The most talked about thing in Wales – I have learned from reading the results of surveys and from personal experience – is the weather.   And, over the past week or so, that really has been chewed over.

Here, in wonderful Wales, if we find ourselves in the midst of a spell of sunny, warm weather, we seem to trot out the usual phrase:  “Ooooh, we shall suffer for this!”.

I’ve heard that and similar quite a lot recently.   It’s as if Welsh folk have an impending-doom gene.

Yes, the earthquake season may start at any moment but, People of Wales, let’s enjoy such a lovely respite from cold winds and heavy rain while we may.   And smile while we do so.

Temporary Closure Only!

     If you hear any Right Wing claptrap about Jobs Growth Wales being scrapped, ignore it.

It is a programme started by our Assembly Government to create jobs for young people.   And the Tories and their cohorts will do anything which might improve our land and not the whole of the “United” Kingdom.

Indeed, Ed Miliband wants the programme to be used right across the “United” Kingdom.

What has happened is that our Government in Cardiff has had to reduce funding for the excellent programme so that more cash can go to keeping our NHS in good order.   It’s a question of priorities.   And, alas, Wales is still waiting for approval by the EU to restart Jobs Growth Wales again.

More Smear Tactics

    Leanne Wood is rapidly becoming one of my political heroes – oo, sorry, Leanne:  heroines!

Another Tory smear-campaign has been aimed at a chap called Mike Parker, Plaid’s candidate in the May General Election.   He must be doing something right to have the Tories worried.

Mike, a professional writer by trade, wrote many years ago that some areas in Wales were inhabited by immigrant English “gun-toting final solution crackpots”.   He wrote that a little tongue-in-cheek, of course, as you and I would have spotted immediately.

Those who worry about his popularity in the constituency he hopes to represent – Ceredigion – have accused him on that little bit of flimsy “evidence” of being a Nazi!

Leanne, bless her, has straightway stood up for Mike, and has condemned “a deliberate attempt to smear him”.

For the information of all Tories and their cronies, Mike Parker is an immigrant from England himself.   He loves Wales as much as I myself do, and appreciates Welsh culture and community-spirit.

And he is a fluent Welsh-speaker.   Which is more than can be said for the current Ceredigion MP.

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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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