Saturday, 23rd January, 2016.

Jobs And Our Communities

     Seven-hundred-and-fifty workers are losing their jobs at Tara’s steelworks.   That means seven-hundred-and-fifty homes will be under severe stress, both financial and personal.

     I’ve heard many comments from the workers and their families.   A major concern seems to be the loss of community interaction.   When people work together, they have a sense of belonging.   Belonging, that is, to the gang.   And that belonging stretches to everyday lives – it gives families a strong common-ground.

     They will support each other, even in the current rotten situation.   And that is a danger to those who control big-business.   Indeed, a danger to all of Those-Who-Know-What’s-Best-For-Us because, if the Proles start to become united, they start to understand their situation – and rebel against “the system”.

     But it looks as if the Trades Unions involved in the situation have no difference of opinion with the Tara management when it comes to the sacking of all those workers!   Indeed, those Unions’ representatives have said as much.

     Stephen Kinnock, Labour MP for Aberavon, sounds like a true voice in the wilderness when he speaks about Wales’  – about Britain’s – steel industry.     He has said that cheap steel from China is being “dumped” here.

     I wonder what those brave people who first formed Trades Unions would have thought if they had seen the lily-livered Union reps. we seem to have these days?   Cocktails seem to have replaced the blood-and-fire of yore.

Not A Mythical Creature

     One of my informants has told me an interesting story.

     It seems that the dragon which appears on our nation’s flag, and which indeed is a symbol of Wales and Welshness, is no figment of our collective imagination.   Apparently, dragons did once walk our land.

     Alas, they do so no longer – the last known dragon lived here 200,000 years ago!

     Perhaps, though, The People of Wales should start a campaign to have our red dragon added to the “Union flag”.   We are the only nation which is not represented on that flag.   So our dragon would fit nicely slap-dab in the middle of the flag of the “United” Kingdom.

Postscript!

        Private Llewellyn even has an Army number!!!

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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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