Saturday, 23rd April, 2016

More News From Port Talbot

     Rumours and rumours of rumours are flying about as the fate of the steelworks is still not resolved.   As I’ve said before:  it is the workforce which is suffering most under this threat of closure, not the wealthier people who own the place.

     Yet there are various who have shown an interest in taking over the plant.   That includes the Wasteminster government which seems to have said that it would chip in a bit towards helping a potential buyer.

     But the worst thing I’ve heard – and it shocked me – is that the workers at the plant may be asked to cough up TEN THOUSAND POUNDS EACH to keep it open!

     How, I ask, would ordinary shop-floor workers find such a sum if push came to shove?

     The bankers will be rubbing their hands if this idea goes ahead – they will the ones who’ll benefit when the workers are forced to borrow from them to find the cash to save the steelworks.

The New Boss Speaks

     Vanessa Young is the fairly-new Director of Wales’ National Health Service.   And she has made a major statement about the Service.

     Ms. Young says that a quite radical overhaul is needed, including recruiting more staff and improving facilities for our old people.   The number of those old people is increasing all the time.

     I’m told that it will be best for Wales to stay as part of the EU.   That seems to be because our Assembly Government will gain EU grants and, hopefully, much of that Eurocash will be spent on our NHS.

Vote, Vote, Vote!

     Looks like many – if not most – of the electorate is so fed up of politics (and so busy watching telly) that they will not be exercising their right to use a democratic vote.   And that is a sad situation.

     I trust, dear reader, that you will encourage your family and friends to use that very hard-won privilege.   However, there something about next month’s Assembly election which is confusing many of us.

     We can vote for an individual candidate to take care of local affairs.   And we can vote for a group of candidates from one party or another to become our Regional representative.

     So, if we look at the people in a group or such representatives and find one who we can’t stand, what do we do?

     In my opinion, each of the thirteen original Welsh counties should elect but one candidate.   Then, those thirteen elected members should be the total number of our Assembly – and they should meet in Owain Glyndwr’s Parliament Building in Machylleth.   That would save a lot of upkeep expense – electricity, cleaning bills, etc.

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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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