Saturday, 23rd May, 2015.

How National?

          The NHS is under fire.   Looks like the newly-elected Wasteminster government is going to “privatize” the Service.   In simple terms, that means it’ll be sold off to profit-making businesses whose only aim is to make money out of it.

Even here in Wales, we must be wary.   Indeed, we must work towards making the Welsh NHS – which belongs to the People of Wales – even better than it already is in our land.

Fair play, those who work at the sharp-end of the Service and deal with the patients at first-hand do an excellent job.   Even so, there is room for improvement.

My comments are brought about by hearing tales of how patients have to travel many miles to hospitals simply because the facilities they need are not available to them locally.

And instance is about to happen in the next few days.   A lady living in rural Ceredigion, slap-dab in the heart of Wales and not far from Aberystwyth, is about to have to travel over a hundred miles to Newport, Gwent for outpatient treatment.   Her treatment will be in two parts:  one at 8:30 a.m., the other at 4:30 pm.

I trust our NHS will provide something other than thumb-twiddling to help her pass the waiting time between those short sessions.

That is not the only case of such long-distance travelling for treatment.   To solve the problem, we should be nudging our Welsh Government to expand our NHS services so that every area can have local treatment centres.

The Politeness Of Welsh Speakers

          A friend has complained – again – about finding it difficult to learn to speak “street-Welsh” properly.   He arrived here from England a few years back and, wanting to integrate into his local community, he chose to learn Cymraeg.

People in his neighbourhood know that he is a learner and, when he’s away from home, those Welsh-speakers who hear him can detect his English-accent even when he uses Welsh.

So his neighbours and almost every Welsh-speaker he meets switch to English so that he won’t feel marginalised or something.   That’s due, in the main, to politeness.

But he always greets those he meets in Welsh.   So folk must know that he’s a learner – or, as he calls it, a tryer.

So, my Welsh-speaking friends, as a learner myself I would ask you to help me and others to become fluent by simply (and slowly) speaking to us in The Language of Heaven.


How COULD This Happen?!

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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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