Dec 272014
 

Despite fierce competition from Channel 17 in Albania and the Nova Scotia Parrot Breeders’ Monthly Jac o’ the North is delighted to have secured exclusive rights to First Minister Carwyn Jones’ end-of-year Review. Enjoy!

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Hello there, I’m Carwyn Jones, you may not know me, but I’m the First Minister of Wales. More importantly, I also run the local branch of the Labour Party (along with Owen Smith MP and a few other people). I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas, I know I did. It gave me a chance to put my feet up and relax for a change, after another hectic and hugely successful year in Wales. Let’s go through it month by month.

P.S. Jac has kindly added some pictures showing me at work, so click on them to make them bigger.

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JANUARY: The Dylan Thomas Centenery Year got off to a wonderful start when documents were found at Transport House showing that Dylan was a lifelong supporter of the Labour Party, joining the party in 1938 while fighting in the Spanish Civil War. Not only that, but a previously unknown poem also came to light. Here’s a brief extract showing both his mastery of pomes and stuff and also his commitment to the party he loved: ‘I’ve always been ronk Labour / Its meeCarwyn Jones 2tings are never missed; / Its nostrums are adhered to, / Even when I’m pissed’. The second verse is playfully romantic: ‘I love the Labour Party, / It’s meetings are such fun, / The branch secretary’s a honey, / I wouldn’t mind giving her one’. Chokes me up, it does. And I bet it brings tears to the eyes of all poetry lovers.

FEBRUARY: It was brought to my attention that some foolish people are campaigning to re-open the Carmarthen to Aberystwyth railway line, possibly even go on to Bangor. It should be obvious to everyone that if you’re travelling by rail from north to south (or even south to north) then the existing route via Norwich is clearly the best option and gives people hours, days even, of extra working time. As the old English saying goes, ‘East to west is always best (especially in Wales)’. Who can argue with this tried and tested legitimisation of colonialism?

MARCH: I was surprised to receive from Mr Sargeant and his friends in the Planning Inspectorate a report saying Wales needs one million new homes by 2025. In fact, I said to him, “This seems like a lot, Carl”. But then it was explained to me that this number is due to our soaring birthrate fuelled by the booming Welsh economy which can only be attributed to 15 years of wonderful WelshCarwyn Jones 3 Labour controlling the Assembly. So when you look at it like that it makes perfect sense. In fact, a million may not be enough. (Which is what the Planning Inspectorate is already suggesting.)

APRIL: The London media, at the behest of the Coalition government, said terrible things about the Welsh NHS, so let me put a few things straight. The reason Mrs Rhian Evans of Llanrwst’s baby was delivered by the men re-possessing her three-piece suite was not because we had no ambulances available, it was because she tried calling for one in Welsh! Another calumny (a posh word taught to me by Mrs Hutt) being bandied about is that people have to wait ages before being seen by a doctor. Mr Bowen Owen of Ystradgynlais – fleeting cause celébrè of the right-wing English press – would not have spent three weeks in the waiting room if he’d told staff he was deaf. (And it goes without saying that patient confidentiality is our watchword.)

MAY: No, not Mrs May up in London, over whom certain men fantasise. (Ych a fi!) I’m thinking of the European elections, which Labour won with a stonking majority when almost 10% of those elligible to vote in Wales voted Labour. There’s no arguing with a victory of that mCarwyn Jones 4agnitude. Though of course some nit-pickers did try, saying that Ukip got nearly as many votes as us. But that’s to miss the point, because – and I’m not talking about Europe here – on the issue that really matters, Labour and Ukip are gobbing into the same spittoon.

JUNE: Unkind things were also being said about our higher education sector, so let’s put the record straight. To suggest that some of our universities are lowering entry requirements and cutting corners in pursuit of money is both insulting and incorrect. The fact that Aberystwyth now accepts students with two F grades and a new toothbrush should not deflect from the excellent work being done there by the very popular Ms April McMahon and her loyal and supportive staff. As for Glyndŵr university, degrees were not – as was alleged – being sold in Turkmenistan, far from it. The truth is that a Welsh university broke into new markets by respecting local traditions. In this case, courtesy demanded that certain local dignitaries be allowed to take away examination papers and return them at a time of their own choosing. When it was accepted that the fruit of the potentates’ loins Carwyn Jones 7had completed the papers unaided, with everything above board due to the process having been overseen by invigilators provided at said potentates’ expense. How could anyone question such an arrangement?

JULY: Even though I was on holiday with Mrs Carwyn and the kids I couldn’t stop thinking about the job. One day, whilst sipping a mint julep (with shaved ice, natch), I was forced to concede that there are ‘issues’ in local government. That said, all the problems in Caerphilly were clearly the responsibility of the previous Plaid Cymru administration. If they had paid the chief executive a decent whack then there would have been no need for him to conspire arrange to have a massive salary increase from Mr Gezwell Kirby and his Band of Bruvvers in the incoming Labour administration. While down in Carmarthenshire the Independent Party and Plaid Cymru made a terrible mess of things. Later in the year, the leader of Swansea council had my full support . . . until the coup, after which the new leader had my full support. The bottom line is that everywhere you look around Wales you see the same problem – everything going to pot because people won’t let the Labour Party run things unhindered. (Or the chief executive, whichever applies.)Carwyn Jones 8

AUGUST: I went to the National Eisteddfod, held this year in Llanelli. As you can see from the photograph, I was mobbed by hordes of young Labour activists. (Phwoar!) While there I made a firm commitment to defend the Welsh language at all times . . . unless it meant contradicting the Planning Inspectorate, annoying the Secretary of State, pissing off Labour MPs, interfering with the colonisation strategy, damaging the profits of Wimpey, Redrow, Persimmon, etc., or alarming anyone in London. Those minor caveats aside, let there be no questioning of my firm resolve to do everything I can to ensure that Welsh-speaking communities survive and prosper.

SEPTEMBER: First, I summoned all the world’s leaders to a NATO summit in Newport so I could tell them how to deal with ISIS, Putin, Salmond and assorted threats to our perfect Western system. (Thankfully, no one realised there were any ‘protests’ in Newport because they were sabotaged organised by Ms Bartolotti of MI6 the Green Party.) Next, I flew (from Bristol) to Scotland to confront the aforementioned Alex Carwyn Jones 1Salmond and frustrate his dastardly plan to make Scotland democratic, fair and wealthy. (Jesus! think of the trouble that would have caused!) Due to some very nifty work backstage and in the wings (by those I dare not name) the referendum vote was an emphatic and overwhelming No. It was so emphatic and overwhelming that support for the Scottish National Party has now collapsed as Scots have come to their senses and flock to join the Labour Party. Mr Salmond himself is a broken man, and has abandoned all political ambitions to open a barber shop in Kirriemuir.

OCTOBER: Due to the thousands of new businesses that were created by Welsh Labour with the first two rounds of EU Structural Funds, and the hundreds of thousands of jobs that came with them, those nice people in Europe wisely gave us another two billion pounds to continue with our wonderful work. We are open to imaginative suggestions on how to use this money. Applications containing words or phrases not unlike those here listed stand a good chance of scuring funding: ‘eco-‘ / ‘community space’ / ‘CVs’ (as in ‘help with completing . . . for non-existent jobs’) / ‘enviro-‘ / ‘Labour Party’ (as in, ‘I am a member / supporter . . . ‘) / ‘self-esteem’ / ‘Green’ / ‘multicultural’ / ‘holistic’ / ‘LGBT’ / ‘social enterprise’ / ‘England’ (as in, ‘recently moved frobucket 3 am . . . ‘) / ‘raiki’ / ‘not-for-profit’ / ’empowerment’ / ‘real job’ (as in, ‘never had a . . .’).

NOVEMBER: After reading that every Norwegian is now, theoretically, a millionaire, due to the success of Norway’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, I decided we must have one in Wales. (Though I have reservations about using the term ‘sovereign’.) Starting in January, groups of highly-trained financial analysts will be touring the country with state of the art buckets taking up a national collection. So give granny a good shake, slash open the sofa and chairs, and give whatever you can find to Welsh Labour because, deep inside, you know we’ll use it wisely.

DECEMBER: Mr Vincent Tan has made such a favourable impression on Cardiff City fans that we decided to capitalise on his popularity and fast-track him into the Assembly. He’ll be taking over Vaughan Gething’s seat of Kerdiff South and Penarth. We haven’t told Vaughan yet, it’ll be a surprise! . . . a hell of a surprise seeing as we’ve spread a rumour that he’s my annointed successor! (Well, laff!!)

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2015: I look forward to 2015 with great optimism. Due to the wonderful work of the Welsh Government’s Bread and Circuses Division our boys will either win the Rugby World Cup or fail heroically; either way, if celebrated properly (with the help of our wonderful Welsh media), it should then give us a majority in the Assembly elections of 2016. As if that wasn’t enough, a string of blockbusters will be filmed at Valleywood: cruise liners will make their first, serene appearance on the Llangollen canal; the roar of F1 cars will be heard at the Circuit of Wales; Cardiff International airport will enter an exciting partnership with Bristol and be re-named Bristol (West); thousands of jobs will be created at the Margam Superpit; Llanelli town centre will become the favoured location for post nuclear holocaust movies; and Rhyl will be twinned with any other shit-hole desperate enough for the connection.

Cardiff airport

Take my word for it, 2015 is going to be a great year in Wales. Everywhere you go you’ll hear shoe-shine boys and beggars, bailiffs and food bank staff, whistling that old Harry Secombe number, Every day when I wake up, I thank the Lord I’m Labour.

  60 Responses to “First Minister Carwyn Jones Looks Back on 2014”

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    Agree with your comment about Bristol (West) airport. Any ‘regional co-operation’ will undoubtedly be to the detriment of the Welsh economy and undermine the concept of Wales as a separate country.

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    Loving the “Welsh Sovereign Wealth Fund” bucket!

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    I think you just made my year, Jac! Keep up the good work!
    (So you’re probably not voting Labour, then?) 🙂

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    You should send a copy of the article to the Daily Mail as they’re always on the lookout for pieces that knock Wales and Welsh politics. You could be the new Richard Littlebrain

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      Well, Happy Christmas to you as well. In case you haven’t properly understood where I stand, I would willingly co-operate with the Daily Mail, or the Devil himself, to get rid of devolution and break Labour’s stranglehold on Wales.

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        I don’t think that the Vagina Monologue (Dacre’s nickname at the office on account of what he calls people) has enough influence so, maybe you’d be better off with the Daily Excretess and the Barage Bar Loons.

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    Do men really fancy Mrs May? I find this hard to believe, but then I’ve led a sheltered life.

    Have your readers heard about this 10% “one off” wealth tax the IMF/EU intend imposing on everyone with an in-the-black bank account? I know this wont affect you Jac, but I’ll tell you it’s got me biting my fingernails. Time to dream up a third sector wheeze I reckon.

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      I understand that some men of a certain age entertain fantasies about Mrs May involving stockings and suspender belts . . . oh, oooooo. Fortunately I am not troubled by these sordid imaginings.

      I have heard naught of this one-off tax on the solvent, but as you rightly surmise, it will not affect me.

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      It was in an IMF report entitled ‘Taxing Times’ and published in October 2013. Source: http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fm/2013/02/pdf/fm1302.pdf if you want to wade through 107 pages. “Like 4 wolves and a lamb deciding on what’s for dinner” says, Forbes magazine.

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    If 2014 was a good year for Wales God help the future.

    I for one won’t be going back there

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      Ben , you sound like one of these people who are just plain ungrateful for having London taking care of us so well and placing a man ( and his 5* team ) in Cardiff to make sure everything is just ticketyboo ( spelling may be incorrect ! )
      I have many sleepless nights worrying that you and your sort will start agitating, whipping up all sorts of feelings which lead to the kind Mr C J and his helpers being tipped out of office leaving us at the mercy of radical thinkers who have the temerity to imagine that Wales could make it on its own, shifting our focus onto real work away from nice things like non profit making social ventures and carrying cases for holiday makers.

      Must go – I’m having a pull of the old anxiety rash again !!

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    As someone in his 50’s who’s kept out of politics, I’m just happy to be on my second career with the local County Council protected by a powerful union and secure future. Labour done us proud….or is it Plaid Cymrw….I’m never really sure!

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    From the other extreme “wing” of Anglo Brit politics we are encouraged to form “alliances” to shut out Ed ( or 2 Eds depending how threatened you may feel ! )

    http://www.unitetheright.com/ Country Before Party: The Campaign to Keep Out Ed Miliband

    I imagine that having a Tory UKIP combo in place in London could be the start of 5+ years of great darkness and having a bunch of Labour loonies in Cardiff Bay will not be much use as they attempt to divert their shrinking budgets into zombie ventures and turd sector projects while slimming down the NHS and education services by extolling the virtues of self help – “get well soon”, and “read a book butty”

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      I doubt if politicians of any Party will be much use if the right-of-sensible form a coalition Government in Westminster. Time to make sure that your passport is okay. Learning an additional European language could be advantageous when planning escape from G4S and SerCo. Speaking Spanish is useful for the whole of South America (incl Brazil) – You remember those right wing dictatorships that seem like socialist softies compared with the greed-driven nutters who prance up and down the corridors of power these days. The Dildoberg Group, Koch Bros, Nigel Barage and now a new astroturf site that has praise heaped upon it by worse-than-useless writers on the Telegraph and Spectator! – Bitter and twisted deluded prats.

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        Unusually bitter for you, Daley, is summat amiss, lad? The alternative of course would be to stand and fight the bastards. I see the looming dictatorship as a golden opportunity. For I would have no qualms about allying myself with the Left, as long as it was to separate Wales from an irredeemably nationalist and market-driven England.

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          You have no qualms bout allying with the Left, but where is it, this Left ? All I can see nowadays is the “benchmark” out & out Anglo Brit UKIP with Tories, Lib Dems, & Labour busting their nuts to out do UKIP on Anglo Brit centred right wing thinking. Anything left over from that lot isn’t registered on any political scale cos Plaid, Greens etc are away with the fairies competing with Galloway etc for recognition as most irrelevant party in town. SNP got the balls for it, but really only interested in Scottish agenda and rightly so.

          You may wish to delete this “observation ” – Executing main board directors of corporates taking lead roles in the great conspiracy would be an interesting activity. Knowing those greedy bastards there would be plenty of rival execs happy to conspire against each other for variety of warped reasons.

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            I have no moral objections to capital punishment; indeed I have been toying with the idea of producing a paper in favour of public executions, though I’m not quite sure who you have in mind.

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              The mind is very open on the matter of “how” , the need for some sort of pest eradication is amply evident as there are more snouts in the trough with each passing day. The pestilence has existed for decades, arguably imported from the USA when the military-industrial complex became a fashionable form of “organisation”. then it saw scope for expansion into non-military aspects of government.
              It grew exponentially on Blair & Brown’s watch and of course revealed its true self when the public was dragooned into bailing out the clapped out financial services arm of the great conspiracy in 2008 and later. No one was really punished, because it was a blunder commited by people “in the know”. Arguably several hundreds of leading bankers, assorted politicans and collaborators should have been exterminated as a sign of serious intent to put things right. It never happened, and the bill is still being paid by the ordinary public
              To make matters worse the ruling cliques continue squandering funds on pet projects at EU, UK and Wales levels of government, and set out to permanently damage our communities by engaging in daft social engineering such as that earlier example of relocating perverts into Welsh communities. Perhaps they should warn the natives of imminent arrivals and appropriate welcoming events could be held, such as tarring and feathering for voyers, rising to castration ( physical, not chemical ) for serious offenders, just to let them know that there is a residue of native self respect and dignity. There is a valid case for corporal as well as capital punishment.

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          There’s ‘summat amiss’ when David Amess MP for Essexland gets a Knighthood.

          The Serious Stuff
          It’s the UK version of Vladislav Yuryevich Surkov’s ‘Nonlinear War’ where statements from politicians and the media are contradictory.

          We have Gideot’s austerity measures which take £billions out of the economy whilst the Treasury pumps £billions into big business with quantative easing.

          We have Nigel Barage Bar Loons telling voters that we are paying too much to the EU (it’s one half of one per cent of the GDP) and we’d be better off if we left the world’s largest trading bloc.

          There’s this ‘Unite the Right’ group copying the Canadian pressure group that resulted in a Government which handed out licences to USA mining companies enabling extraction of oil from Montana’s tar sands without any of the laws on pollution and health applying to them. – We don’t have vast tar sands but there are scores of companies eager to pump chemicals into the ground to get fracked gas or set coal seams alight under our feet.

          There are groups which pretend to act on behalf of ordinary folk but are really fronts for more neo-con lunacy – See: Taxpayers Alliance, Incisive Health etc.

          There’s more but, my post will get a Too Long; Didn’t Read (TL;DR) rating if I post extra examples.

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    And here’s evidence that the Anglo Brit 5th column is already here in significant numbers.

    http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/number-sex-offenders-living-north-8358685

    Number of sex offenders living in North Wales increases to 722 – Daily Post

    They may not fight but they will sap morale in communities and drain funds from services. Can the “vermin budget ” originally set aside for badgers be redeployed to start weeding this toxic lot out ?

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      It says a lot for the standard of journalism in Wales that no one is asking how many of these paedophiles have been dumped in relocated to Wales.

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    Would appear youve been indulging in a drop too much of the red during the festive season Dafis -The Greens are the party of the future dontcha know? http://ukgeneralelection2015.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/yougov-18-24-year-olds-lots-of-green.html

    Bring on votes for 16 year olds in Wales in 2016 please 🙂 http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/decision-devolving-voting-age-needed-8352396

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      well hello, welcome back, I was beginning to worry that you had dried out and fallen off your branch !! but here you are cracking the funnies !!

      I hope as we enter 2015 that someone wakes up to the threat from the Anglo Brit spiteful spectrum, but the alarming sight right now is that no one is really making an alternative pitch – granted Plaid, Greens, Galloway et al are sounding more moderate on issues like immigration, diluting of wages, job insecurity and general quality of life, but really none of them has got any grip on the steady shift towards that centralist corporate state built on collaboration between big business and corrupt politicians of all parties.
      Indeed the public at large might be forgiven for thinking that all you minority parties aspire to is the chance to climb on board the bandwagon and play an active role in robbing us of any residual rights. Your esteemed leader, that sad looking OZie , put her foot in it with her remarks about Brit benefit claimants and Indian poverty. Is she trying to compete with Falange for the “biggest nut job” title in 2015 ? It prompted me to check her background and, surprise surprise, she’s a product of a priviledged upbringing in her native OZ, then shifts over to this end of the globe to indulge herself in the good life and lecture us on how to be clean living. Well if the Indian gutter is her idea of an improvement she ought to squat in it for a while and then report back. We have leadership problems in Welsh politics but you guys really need a leadership revamp !

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      People in the 18 to 25 years group want more cuts in government spending so, what do you think the 16 to 17 year olds will demand?

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        DG , what most 16/17 year olds want ? Not printable on a reputable, highly moral site like this one !

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      The Greens are the new lib dems not the party of the future and certainly not the ‘left’. http://kittysjones.wordpress.com/2014/12/23/greens-the-myth-of-the-new-left-debunked/

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        I am not a supporter of the Green Party but your link is a disgrace to civilised debate. Saying that because the Nazis had environmental policies means that all environmentalists are Nazis is as poor an argument as saying, ‘Women are raped by men therefore, all men are rapists.’

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    ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not gonna take this anymore!’ says Howard Beale in the film Network. Isn’t Disinformation Overload wonderful? Getter madder and madder at um … you know … “Them”.

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    Actually I feel rather sorry for you lot, having such an embarrassment as ‘leader’ of your ‘nation’. And the Welsh used to be rather good at politics once upon a time. How on earth did things come to this?

    I mean there he was running up to Scotland telling us _he_ wouldn’t let us share the pound, laugh? Well not really, we just asked, “who is this lad? Mayor of Swansea or some other dump?” And do I need to wash out my ears, or did he really really ask for the nukes to come to Penfro? And how come that didn’t set off the mam a thad of a row? Tell my why anyone should take Wales seriously any more. No really, I’d like to have some cause for hope 😉

    Happy New Year then 🙂

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      I understand that you’re trying to be provocative, and I appreciate the tactic when it’s well done; but it’s best done with a sharp instrument and a modicum of elan, both of which you lack. In this contribution you have managed to insult my home town and a whole nation. Which in the first paragraph you chose to write as ‘nation’. You’re wearing out your welcome. Go annoy somebody else.

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        What do you expect from someone with a pair of compasses sticking through his head?
        Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

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        poor fellow, he’s either scots or cornish, both parts of the original Celtic identity that are suffering from lost language syndrome. At least we have a living language, though we have to be mighty determined to hang on to it otherwise the quisling presence in Cardiff Bay and its lackeys throughout assorted local government, agencies, turd sector etc will do its best to eliminate it. Mr trix’s major failing is that he associates CJ with “us” when his professed analytical skills and general insight should enable him to conclude that CJ is definitely one of “them”, indeed current office holder of quisling in chief.

        You see, Mr trix, CJ suffers from serious brown tongue fixations and related delusions, and will do anything to please an Anglo Brit regime, although he would have a preference for one led by his chum(p) Mr Ed. Please refrain from linking him in any way with our true national identity as it only serves to damage your critical credibility.

        blwyddyn newydd dda ichi oll

        twll tin bob sais , ac yn y blaen

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          Wel, os dach chi’n cyfeirio atof fi …

          If CJ is not ‘leader of your nation’, then who is? If you disown him (and I don’t blame you one little bit) then why do you keep on voting for him and his party? You’ve been given you own government (of sorts) although it might be taken away again whenever it suits London, so why not elect people who’ll use every bit of leverage they’ve got to push things further, to create a momentum that’s unstoppable? There must be such people somewhere in Wales, what’s stopping them?

          I confess that when the Scottish Parliament was first established I didn’t pay very much attention, assuming it was just another talking-shop. But look how the Scots have taken the little they were given and run with it. This culminated in the referendum, and the sight of Labour and Tory working hand in glove during that campaign has opened the eyes of enough of the dyed-in-the-wool Old Labour types to lead to a major shift in power (e.g. the last six opinion polls showing that Labour will be in for a bloodbath come May). So there’s a clear example of what needs doing and how to go about it. But instead you’ve got the same old bunch of Labour yes-men leading you slowly into oblivion.

          Since you have fewer constitutional guarantees than Scotland, and since you’ll be ‘abandoned’ to England’s whims once Scotland has gone, I honestly fear for your future as a nation. Not that it’s any of my business, I suppose, but England’s far too big for its boots already.

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            Why come on this blog and refer to Carwyn Jones as ‘your leader’ and accuse us of voting for him and his party when you know full well that – with a few exceptions – those who visit this blog do not vote Labour and consequently do not regard Carwyn Jones as their leader? Obviously you’re trying to be provocative but not constructive. I have many times written against the Labour Party and its ‘donkey’ vote in Wales, and at every opportunity I lay into Labour as the real obstacle to the progress of our people. You’re welcome to join in this missionary work, but if you merely want to have a rant against those who vote Labour then go to where you’ll find them, because they aren’t here. Do you understand what I’m saying?

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    Blwyddyn Newydd Dda Jac

    Have you seen this, the Guardian of all papers is talking seriously about a Tory/Labour Coalition after May’s election, i’d love to see Labour’s welsh branch explain why they were propping up Thatcher’s party in Westminster and hammering Wales with more austerity after bleating about it for the past 4 years.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/02/tory-labour-unity-7-may-national-government-constitutional-crisis

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      Yes, I read that; the problem seems to be that this is being suggested from a very anglocentric perspective. It’s a way of blocking a Labour-SNP-etc coalition but does not take into account, or care about, the problems such an alliance might present for Labour in Wales. (Of course, if the Labour vote in Scotland collapses as predicted, then such an alliance would have little effect up there.) There might also be an impact on northerh England, for such a coalition would only reinforce perceptions of metropolitan elites of both main parties being closer to each other than to most of their supporters. So I can’t see what’s in this for Labour, in the long term.

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        Lots of reasons for it not to happen, it not in the Tories best long terms interests either and the Lib Dems would still be willing first choice partners for both main parties despite losing ground, but the UK system isn’t built for regular coalitions and the 2 main parties, for all the bluster, understand if they couldn’t govern alone that the UK needs stability, rather than a multiple party deal with any of UKIP, SNP, Plaid, Greens, Ulster parties or a confidence and supply agreement that could collapse at any moment.

        It easier for the Tories who aren’t picky and will do a deal with almost anyone to stay in power (excluding Sinn Fein maybe), but it’s more complicated for Labour if the figures don’t add up with the Lib Dems, the choice becomes do they hate/fear nationalists more than the Tories and I like many will enjoy their twisting, turning and faux anger over that decision.

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          Possibly the only way Labour could justify to their heartlands a pact with the Tories would be that it’s being done to avoid a Tory-Ukip pact and what that would entail.

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        Not sure how a Labour/SNP pact would work, since the SNP as a matter of principle never vote on English only matters. Moreover, the aim of the SNP is indy, or at least something like ‘home-rule’ or dominion status as a first step. That would pretty much have to result in less Scottish MP at Westminster, or of course none at all following full independence. And where would that leave Labour? Remember Scotland is only likely to send 1-3 Tory MP’s south, one or two LibDems, so removing Scotland wouldn’t really change the arithmetic very much.

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    Noticed this one just a few minutes ago : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30662833
    Conservatives vow to cap public sector redundancy pay-offs

    Tories once again proving that they really have mastered the art/science of bolting stable doors after most of the big horses are well gone !! All the leading Anglo Brit parties have happily colluded in letting public sector fat cats move on with enormous settlements ( just like bankers landed ace deals for incompetence, and MP’s fiddled expenses then got pay offs for being voted out ! )

    And that’s the regime that Mr M’trix above thinks we are aligned with ! I suspect he’s paid by them to check out sites like this and stir things up a bit – probably one of the beneficiaries of an earlier redundancy pay off now repaying the favour !

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      Dafis, haven’t you got enough real enemies without manufacturing more out of your own paranoia? Look, last time I looked Wales was a democracy (FWIW) but it does at least have PR for the Assembly. Which means surely that if Labour are ruling the roost down there on the docks, it can only be because quite a lot of Welsh residents vote for them, and don’t vote for parties or candidates that would put Wales first. So you may not be personally aligned to them, (did I ever suggest that?) but an awful lot of Welsh people apparently are. I’m simply trying to understand why so many of you seem to have what amounts to a national death wish.

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        Welsh Labour is the enemy within and it is closely aligned to the Anglo Brit nonsense which runs the whole UK show with a hugely Anglo centric mindset. My point to you was that just because there are a majority of residents of Wales who are bound into that regime by virtue of handouts, greed, self interest and a measure of ignorance you are seriously mistaken to attempt to tar the rest of us with that brush. This is not paranoia – it is a view of the country with the rosey glasses removed ( and staying off ! ) . As evidenced by earlier comments a lot of the pro Anglo vote is organised by people who have migrated into this corner of Prydain, and other people who’s vested interests are tied to a London centred view. As long as so many people depend on government funding it is likely to remain so.

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      The Greens are so desperate to capitalise on the unpopularity of the Westminster establishment that they are grabbing people off the street to be candidates. Making this sort of thing inevitable, and we’ll see a lot more of it. In many ways the Greens are a mirror-image of Ukip – a party trying to ride a wave with no real vetting procedures or party organisation in place. Result: paper candidates and embarrassment.

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        There is nothing anti-welsh about the ‘Green’ viewpoint in general, the problem IMHO is that there appears to be no home-grown Welsh movement that is local, radical, green and thoroughly Welsh all at the same time. This creates a vacuum, and you can see what rushes in to try to fill it up. Now some of these people are chancers, but many are well-meaning but with no appreciation of the Welsh dimension, so they do more harm than good, both to Wales and to their own cause. By associating Green ideas with what to the ‘natives’ are just another bunch of ‘White Settlers’ and colonialists. This is unfortunate because many of their ideas around care of the environment, strong communities, local responsibility and all the rest have been around in Wales for generations, just expressed in different language, indeed often in _a_ different language. For instance the whole New-age concept of Power Over vs. Power from Within is the essence of the Welsh poem “Y Tŵr a’r Graig”, written back between the wars IIRC. But the bright young things from Brighton would know nothing of such ideas and outlooks, it’s all invisible to them. They have to invent big words like ‘Bioregion’ when Welsh has always had ‘Bro’.

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          I would only be marginally better disposed towards a genuinely Welsh Green Party. I am a climate change sceptic and I detest smug, hectoring enviro-fascists who make us use light bulbs that give out no fucking light and force on us insane forms of generating electricity that cost a fortune and could soon see us going without lights altogether.

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            All forms of generating electricity cost a fortune and all of the power companies, be they fossil, nuclear, wind, hydro, are heavily subsidised. No matter how you look at it, the present system is unsustainable.

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            Yes folks. Beware of people selling black coloured lights. Also, if someone tries to sell you a black extraction fan don’t fall for their sales patter about the fan sucking in all of the blackness leaving light around the room.

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          MacTrix: A word with 3 syllables is big?

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    Off on a tangent, I see Falange is off the beer for a month. Any chance of him going off the camera as well ?

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    just seen this item on Llais y Sais online

    http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/full-steam-ahead-group-hoping-8381309
    Full steam ahead for the group hoping to reopen Wales’ longest tunnel

    I’m not a big fan of rail revival but if this tunnel is reclaimable then why not include a loop from Rhondda to Afan Valley as part of the South Wales metro that everybody is yapping on about – or is that meant to be just a Cardiff metro and sod the rest ? A connection to Pt Talbot would link the valleys to Swansea as well as Cardiff and take some more traffic off that shocking Afan Valley road. One of few cases where it might just make sense and pay its way.

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    Had a look at this disturbing earlier

    http://www.plaidglyndwr.com/apps/videos/videos/show/18073320-where-are-the-welsh-politicians-

    Proof if ever any was needed that these metropolitan creeps are willing to relocate masses of “displaced” or dysfunctional units out of London into Wales. The guy who features seems a tidy enough person but he ain’t working, unlikely to work, so will now figure on the “outgoings” side of any future financial account for the “Principality”. He’s glad to come to Swansea, seems to benefit from the therapy of the Bay, the inland countryside etc. Would have been nice if someone had told him to use some of his spare time to familiarise himself with local culture , language, traditions, heritage, customs etc but the local hierarchy who facilitated this move want to be Anglos so no one in the bureaucracy will ever suggest a degree of effort to integrate – instead the “natives” will integrate around him !

    All readers should go and sign the petition linked to that video

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      Wasn’t that video the subject of an article on this website some time ago? The London Boroughs partnership that produced the promotional film no longer exists.

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    Back to our old mate Carwyn :

    No surprise here then ! Can’t or won’t interfere in conduct of Labour led Council, pleading poverty yet going to blow over £400k on this worthless piece of ****

    http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/
    Carmarthenshire council could pay chief executive Mark James a severance deal worth £446,000, it emerges – Wales Online

    Start 2015 exactly as you did throughout 2014, these guys just can’t help themselves.

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