Saturday, 19th March, 2016

Good News All Round!

    Well, maybe not all round.   But there’s certainly a lot about.

The latest figures indicate that we have more people in employment here in Wales than ever before!   I suppose it’s a case of “seek and ye shall find” as much as anything else, but it’s a great statistic, anyway.

And the figures for those who have not yet found jobs is well down, too.

Carwyn Jones, our government’s First Minister, is please at all that news, and says that our economy is going from strength to strength.   Let us hope he is right.

And there are job opportunities cropping up everywhere.

For instance, Bardsey Island is looking for an Information & Volunteer Officer.   The lucky applicant will spend about five months living on Bardsey.   Just think:  no noisy neighbours – unless you count sea-birds.

More good news for the Merthyr Tydfil area, too.

EE – a company which seems to own the entire mobile-phone networks – in going to create one—hundred-and-thirty-eight jobs in its call centre there.

There’s to be a new Chief Executive Officer at Betsi Cadwaladr Hospital, a place which has been in the news a lot over recent months.   Gary Doherty, the man who got the job, looks as if he’s got the bit between his teeth and is going to sort the running of the hospital, thus putting it on a more efficient base.

So I hope all that good news satisfies the gloom-merchants who complain about all sort of things – even to the point of saying, as usual, in this lovely weather we’ve been enjoying:  “Oo-ooh, we shall suffer for this”.

Prices Are Coming Down!

     Well, they are if you need to go to Mother England.

The tolls for crossing the Severn Bridge are going to be halved, thanks to Chancellor George Osborne.   (Couldn’t miss this week’s Budget out, could I?)

The cut will take place in – oh, dear – 2018.

Hmm – why am I reminded about that little rhyme of Max Boyce’s?

“Two nations now united

Across the ocean wide.

And all the tolls collected

Upon the English side . . . “

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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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