Saturday, 6th June, 2015.

 

Our First Minister Speaks Out

     So we’d all better listen!

Carwyn Jones believes, as most to the thinking people in our land, that Wales should be given the kind of treatment as Scotland when it comes to making our own decisions.   There are two utterances of his which I’ve noticed this week.

First, I heard that he wants our Welsh Assembly Government to have the power to control our Income Tax.   That’s setting the rates and using the money collected on projects which Wales needs.   I wonder what our controllers in Wasteminster, London, will make of that idea.   Perhaps, as it so often seems, they feel that The People of Wales are less able to run their own affairs than the Scots.

If so, that is a foul slur on our nation.

The second bit of news I heard is that our First Minister wants to encourage people who live in Wales to learn the language of this country.

To that end, there are going to be centres to encourage learners right across our land.   There will be a one-and-a-half million pound grant to produce such centres.   I haven’t learned yet from whence that grant will be coming.

But, used in this way, it will show that our Assembly Government has its finger on one pulse at least.   There are still visitors to Wales – and, indeed, people from over our Eastern border who have made their homes here – who do not believe that we have our own language!   (I write that as a Welsh-learner myself.)

The more we promote our pride in the language and other things Welsh, the stronger our case for more self-government becomes.

If You Keep A Dog . . .

     . . . it is your responsibility to learn about its nature.   Because it feels – if you’re looking after it properly – that it is part of your family, your pack.

I mention this having heard of an attack by a dog which seems to have been running loose near St. Asaph causing devastating damage to local sheep.   The sheep, naturally, ran from the dog’s attack, dived into the river – where twelve lambs drowned.

That is a sad thing – but think of the farmer who was rearing those lambs.   Part of his income has gone.   And gone because a “dog owner” was being irresponsible.

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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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