Saturday, 2nd May, 2015.

An Independent Wales!

     This week, a friend was visiting a part of our land where he has holidayed before.   In his digs – er, holiday home! – he had all mod-cons.   So, each evening, he and his wife relaxed from their holiday excursionings and watched telly.

There was a programme on one of the Freeserve channels which they wanted to enjoy, so he tried to switch over to that channel.   He tried several times but couldn’t do so.

Then he found out that the particular Freeview channel is “not available in Wales”.

He asked me to find out if similar things will happen as Wales becomes a self-governing independent country – your suggestions, please, dear reader.

The English Are Coming!

     In their droves, it seems.

Yes, Wales is a popular retirement place for all sorts of English people:  OAPs, work-shy folk, etc.   Where better to live than in our lovely, classless land?   (I’m an immigrant myself, of course.)

But a genuine complaint I keep hearing is that the vast majority of incomers do not do any homework at all before they come to dwell among us.   Not that I would expect most of ‘em to know what happened 600 years or so in the Hyddgen Valley, or details of all the mining disasters our land has endured, or even that Prince Madoc discovered the Americas.

However, would it be too much to expect them to know that in many places, the Welsh language is the main tongue used?   Or that there is a strong movement throughout Wales to become self-governing rather than be controlled by Mother England?

Let us, as communities and through the neighbourliness which exists everywhere (yes, even in our big cities), gently teach newcomers about the sort of community to which they have moved.

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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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