Saturday, 27th August, 2016

Helping Education

     We should always concentrate on educating our people, and give them a broader outlook on many things.   So the work up in Aberystwyth goes on to improve facilities at the University there.

     Yes, the entire job is going to cost £100,000,000 – which sounds like an awful lot of cash.   But it will not only improve that education centre, but it will help the economy of the area:  many, many students attend Aberystwyth University.   They come from Wales, of course, and also lots of other countries all over the world.

     And, of course, Aber Uni promotes the Welsh language.

     There are three main things any government – that of Wales or anywhere else – should concentrate on.   They are health-care, education and security.

Health Matters

     I was shocked as I drove along and listened to the news.   I heard that smaller hospitals were “uneconomical” and there is a plan to close them.

     What, I ask, is meant by “smaller”?   Surely, if one lives in an area a long, long way from a major town or city, one needs a local hospital.

     And then I listened to the report later in the day – and a feeling of relief came over me.   The plan to close “smaller” hospitals only refers to the English NHS.

     Thank goodness, once more, that we in Wales have control over our own NHS.   And our AMs are aware of the challenges of living in many of our rural areas.   Won’t it be good when our Assembly Government has full control of all matters Welsh?

Protecting The Language

     I hear from up in Bangor that a “developer” (how I flinch when I hear that word!) has been refused permission to build three-hundred-and-sixty-six new homes in the town.

     The reason given is not one which is given every day:   Gwynedd Council is concerned that such a “development” would have a bad effect on the Welsh language.   I suppose, then, the worry is that many of those new homes will end up being occupied by immigrants, not local, Welsh-speaking people.

     When I use the word “immigrants”, I mean people from our Eastern neighbour, Mother England.   And most people who come to live in our land from that country understand nothing of Welsh culture and history.   And most of them never bother to learn.

     Pov hwyl!

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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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