Friday, June 01, 2007
No blogging today.
Making the most of the sun and the relatively calm waters of Cardiff Bay.
In the meantime, thanks to anon for flagging up the latest musings of Simon Jenkins (no relation):
Wales's Labour administration under Rhodri Morgan has been much the same. It is proto-nationalist in all but name, denying affinity to its London parent and buying the Plaid Cymru ticket on everything from broadcasting to bloated public payrolls. It has backed Welsh language and culture, but neither Morgan nor his nationalist rivals have shown concern for such emblems of Welsh nationhood as its landscape and coastline or its historic houses towns and villages, or even its chapels. Instead, if the British want to give Wales money to despoil the Cambrian mountains (like the Highlands and islands in Scotland) with wind turbines, then nationalism means grab the money.
I have no doubt that if Birmingham and Liverpool proposed to flood Welsh valleys for cash today, as they did in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Welsh assembly would ask simply, how much?
Good job I only buy the Guardian for the sport these days.
posted by Blamerbell @ 12:38 pm,
- At 1:29 pm, Mike said...
Mind you don't catch something.
- At 4:19 pm, Christopher Glamorgan said...
A day off!!! Fancy putting down one Rhod and picking up another. We shall await your return with 'baited' breath. Sorry, I will punish myself later for that one!
- At 4:28 pm, said...
Please don't feel that you have to wait until later.
- At 4:48 pm, Christopher Glamorgan said...
It is always the anonymous that remain unpunished :-D
- At 5:13 pm, said...
Ah the musings of Simon Jenkins :-(
Now the NuLabour ship looks like sinking he lassos The Welsh Nationalists onto the deck to drown them also.
- At 5:29 pm, Marcusian said...
Simon Jenkins wrote an excellent article on the lib dems, this is nicht so gut.
- At 5:34 pm, said...
It's proto-nationalist to support the Welsh language and culture now is it...
Amusing scribbles from London village - isn't this the same Simon Jenkins who has a holiday cottage in Wales (and no doubt being despoilt by some humungous wind turbine).
In the words of one of Wales's greatest philosophers - how sad, never mind.
- At 6:43 pm, said...
the bream machine said...
"- isn't this the same Simon Jenkins who has a holiday cottage in Wales (and no doubt being despoilt by some humungous wind turbine).
In the words of one of Wales's greatest philosophers - how sad, never mind. "
Don't think about it! ;-O
- At 8:00 pm, said...
Guardian? Beyond the pale!
- At 8:15 pm, dowlais twp said...
carwyn says no need for new language act - IWJ on verge of tears.
First tiff, has labour got its finger in its years?
- At 8:32 pm, said...
Simon Jenkins is a bit shrill and his columns see the world in black and white. I sometimes agree with the germ of the idea behind his column, but invariably he will spin this out into a grotesquely overstated conclusion.
I wouldn't mind the fact that he was so simplistic if he didn't apparently believe that he was so clever.
- At 8:37 pm, said...
Is that inside info, Twp, or a prognostication?
- At 9:27 pm, said...
Carwyn was interviewed on Radio Cymru earliertodayand hinted that he did not see the need for a new language act(not sure if it Govt line or his on).
IWJ wss interviewed for the news on S4C and looked on the verge of tears.
- At 8:04 am, said...
Lots of bloggers seem to forget that the next Welsh Labour Leader will be elected by the Labour party members and not Plaid Cymru. Most Labour party members believe that the electoral system robbed them of a majority in the assembly on May 3rd. If they had their way they would return to fptp with no top up list. There are no votes in a future labour leadership elction election for anyone who is seen as too close to Plaid and Welsh nationalism. Carwyn knows this and he also understands that being associated with a new Welsh language act is not the sort of issue that goes down with the class warriors. The cabinet member with the portfolio geared to win over Labour party members is Andrew Davies. He will be making the speeches about social justice and child poverty which will bne music tothe ears of party members. He wil alos be able to cultivate the Labour councillors who will be key to swinging the votes in many areas. While poor Carwyn will be talking to the NUT and the culture lobby and getting pointless right ups in a Welsh media that nobody reads.
- At 11:11 am, said...
You buy the guardian? You sad bastard.
- At 11:13 am, said...
nah, Labour's done for in Wales. Every day some more of your voters kick the bucket. 32% will look like a highwater mark in a few years time.