Saturday, 31st October, 2015

At Last ! ! !

     If I sound overly delighted by using a headline like that, I am!   So, I believe, will many, many other people when they know there is to be a by-pass built to avoid the bottleneck which is the town of Newtown, Powys.

     Regular road-users who pass through the town – local residents, delivery-men, holidaymakers, etc. – have, for umpteen years to my personal knowledge, complained that there are five sets of traffic-lights in about three-quarters of a mile along the main road thr0ugh the place.

     The good news was broken after Edwina Hart, Transport Minister, approved the project.   And it will be fully open by . . . oh, dear . . . 2018.

Support Your Local Beauty Spot

     Lots of people in important office here in Wales are telling us we must promote our beauty spots to attract – wait for it – more businesses, more holidaymakers, more jobs . . . and more affordable housing.

     I would have no objection if those jobs and affordable houses were going to be occupied by local people:  The People of Wales.   But you know as well as I do that such promotion will encourage more and more people from our Eastern neighbour to settle here.

     That, then, will weaken our culture.   The language will be under even more threat than it is now, for instance.

More Job Losses Loom

     Caparo Industries, who specialise as a steel company, has decided to cut many jobs here in Wales.   Their Wrexham and Tredegar plants will disappear.

     I hear that cheap imports of steel from abroad are the cause of the shutdowns.

     Remember, good people, that Wales had many thriving industries in the pre-Thatcher days, from coal-mining to steelworks.   They have gone – and not gradually, either.

     And teach your children well.

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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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