Saturday, 24th October, 2015

Facts Must Come First!

     Plaid Cymru have plans “to integrate health and social-care”.   The idea sounded perfectly sensible – until Party Leader Lianne Wood was interviewed on Radio Wales “Good Morning” programme.

     She was asked how much the plans would cost if they went ahead.

     She did not know.

     The plans were revealed at the Party’s Conference in Aberystwyth (a good and fairly central venue, by the way), and it is claimed that the cost of the plans will be worked out before the Assembly election next May.

     So it’s pencils and paper at the ready for her advisors to get calculating . . .

Health Matters

     I keep hearing the name of Betsi Cadwaladr and wondering if I know her!

     In fact, she is a health board in North Wales.   And has been under “special measures” since it was discovered that there was patient abuse up there in the Gog.   There’s also been an investigation into alleged financial fraud in Betsi’s domain.

     Our Health Minister – wonder how many of The People of Wales know his name – says that the special measures will continue for another couple of years.   I suppose that’s to give the miscreants time to leave the board’s employment and for the decent folk who are left to sort out the shenanigans.

Speaking Of Employment . . .

   Ten companies in Wales have been paying their employees less than the legal Minimum Wage!   Personally, I wouldn’t get out of bed to earn that legal pittance.   But those ten companies should be named and shamed.   Here they are, then:-

Elgan Davies, Ltd., Cardigan;  Beyond The Fringe, Cwmbran;  The Bargoed District YMCA (!);  KJM Autos, Ltd., Hengoed;  Ceredigion Couriers, Machynlleth;  Forward Life, Ltd., Swansea;  DK Forecoursts, Ltd., Caerphilly;  DK Forecourts, Ltd., Pontypool;  Coach Travel Wales, Aberystwyth;  Regency Autos, Penarth.

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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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