Saturday, 8th August, 2015.

Technical difficulties prevented me from posting my column last week.   Those difficulties reminded me of something:  as so much info is kept online these days, and without any physical back-up, wonder what would happen is there was a local or countrywide or complete planetary electricity cut . . . ?

But, before and in case that does happen, I make no apologies for published the article which should have been posted last week:  it is still totally relevant.

Odd Man Out

          Looks like the only Welsh MP the Lib-Dems have has been sidelined for some reason.   Tim Farron’s new so-called “cabinet” includes all the other Lib-Dem MPs.   I wonder why.

Or is it the quite usual case with English folk of “it’s only Wales”?

That phrase is popular among our Eastern neighbour when it comes to many important issues which affect the whole “United” Kingdom.   And we, The People of Wales, are too polite, perhaps, to make a fuss.

However, there is a point to make about Ceredigion MP Mark Williams.   My spies in that county tell me that there’s still the attitude to Mr. Williams that he is not a local, and was “parachuted in” from the Brecon area for the first election in which he participated – and won;  and he doesn’t speak Welsh.

Apparently, those things still loses him – and the Lib-Dems in general – the votes of local people.   Interesting folk, these Cardis.

(Note to my readers who have not the good fortune to live in Wales:  a Cardi is an inhabitant of Old Cardiganshire which, a few years back, was renamed “Ceredigion”.   ‘Tis said, by the way, that a Cardi has short arms and low pockets, e.g., a Cardi can buy from a Jew and sell to a Scotsman at a profit!)

For the record, it is known throughout that county that Mark Williams is one of the few honest MPs in Wasteminster.   There’s an accolade.

More On The Lib-Dems

          Is it just me, or do many others feel that politicians should be helping younger people to keep out of debt?

The Lib-Dems are trying to make it possible in Wales for young people to buy houses without putting down a deposit.   It’s called “getting onto the property-ladder”, a phrase used quite often by the Tories . . .

Would such a plan not mean that, having secured a financial deal to buy a property, the buyers would have a heavier mortgage to face than others who pay a deposit in advance?

And why the scramble to get on into debt on the property-ladder anyway?

I look forward to your answers to those two questions.

One Up For The Planet!

          A man from Llanelli fly-tipped a large amount of junk, was proved to have done so – and has to pay over six-hundred pounds for his anti-social behaviour.  He chucked all sorts of waste into Furnace Pond, a lovely spot in Llanelli.

Well done Carmarthen Magistrates Court for their action in this matter.

And fly-tipping is not only anti-social.   It kills off much wildlife, so the planet suffers.   Therefore, future generations may not, perhaps, be able to spend idle moments amid the beauty of Mother Nature and simply ponder on Life, The Universe and Everything.

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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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