Jun 092015
 

Yesterday the ‘Welsh’ Government announced that is has taken the troubled Betsi CadwaladrGwynedd SW Wards merged University Health Board into special measures. (The Tawel Fan scandal being the last straw.) Today we learnt that the chief executive, Trevor Purt, has been suspended. And yet . . . despite everything that has been said and written about the health service in Wales generally, and the northern part of the country in particular, there are a couple of issues, or contributing factors, that no one is willing to address. To explain what I’m referring to, I can do no better than quote a recently elected Tory MP, James Davies, now representing the Vale of Clwyd.

This is what the Daily Post had to say about him a month before the election, and here’s Dr Davies’ maiden speech in the House of Commons on June 2nd. The same two themes crop up in both pieces and also figured prominently in his election campaign; one is his concern over the state of the NHS in Wales and the second is the decline of Rhyl. The first of those he blames on the Labour regime down Cardiff docks, which is the easy way out and no more than we should expect from a Tory politician on the Costa Geriatrica. As for Rhyl, well, he doesn’t actually blame anyone, he just seems to believe, rather vaguely that, well, something should be done. Among his suggestions is a new Sun Centre. Of course, that’ll solve all the problems.

Being a GP, Dr Davies must be aware that one of the major reasons for the poor standard of health and other services in his area is the demands placed on those services by a) large numbers of elderly people moving into Wales and b) the white trash, problem families, drug addicts and other substance abusers, plus all manner of criminals, being dumped in the towns along our northern coast. Rhyl being the worst example. Dr Davies knows all this but he cannot say it because, as an England-worshipping Welsh UnionisAge, where bornt he is psychologically and emotionally incapable of viewing England as anything other than a paradise inhabited by superior beings with which Wales enjoys a one-sided relationship, with everything good that we enjoy emanating from England, and everything wrong with Wales our own fault. This is the Unionist mind-set (of both right and left), though it’s sad to see this self-loathing displayed in a seemingly intelligent man of just 35 years.

Which leaves James Davies in the position of wanting to discuss, and demand remedies for, problems for which he cannot admit major contributory causes. The Vale of Clwyd constituency is located in Denbighshire, where only 42.7% of the 65+ age group was born in Wales, yet we are asked to believe that the obvious influx of elderly people from outside of Wales has no impact whatsoever on the performance of the NHS locally. (In my area, less than one third of the 50+ age group is Welsh born! See map and table.) I’d hate to think that this inability to link cause and effect is indicative of how he works as a doctor. ‘Yes, Mr Smith, you’ve definitely got cirrhosis of the liver, but we’ll ignore your three bottles of whisky a day’. Much of Davies’ support would have come from elderly English voters angry at the standard of the local health service, but of course oblivious to the fact that their moving to Wales in such numbers contributes to the declining health service they’re complaining about. Nor can Doc Davies be honest about the reasons for the state of the NHS because he’s after the votes of those causing the problem! It’s altogether fitting that this flight from reality is taking place so close to where Alice in Wonderland was written.age, place of birth

But it’s not just James Davies who is unable to face the truth. It’s all the other politicians, and the media. With the latter doing its already tarnished reputation no good by tip-toeing around the elephant in the room. All terrified of speaking the truth for fear of making the front page of the Daily Mail or some other rag and being vilified as ‘racist’ or, what is much worse, ‘anti-English’. And fearing said rag going into overdrive with ‘ . . . veterans of Dunkirk . . . “the few” . . . Welsh all supported Hitler anyway . . . We’ll Meet Again . . . have to ask in Welsh to go to the toilet . . . fucking immigrants . . . fucking Jocks . . . good bloke, that Farage . . . blahdeblahdeblahdebritnatbollocks’.

Last night I put out a few tweets on this subject which were well received, being favourited and retweeted. The one discordant voice belonged to a Plaidista named Rhydian Fitter, who seemed unable to make the connection between tens of thousands of elderly English people moving to our rural and coastal areas and deteriorating heath provision. “I don’t see the connection”, protested young Fitter. Of course not. As a loyal member of Plaid Cymru you must follow the party line that pretends the colonisation of Wales is notRhydian Fitter happening (and, er, if it is, then it’s a good thing), a line that is little different to that of Dr James Davies, and is also the line enforced by the Daily Mail. Let us hope and pray for Plaid Cymru’s demise to begin next May. Plaid Cymru has had nothing to say to Welsh people – as Welsh people – for over thirty years, you can’t run on empty for ever. If I thought it would help put Plaid out of its misery, I’d even consider voting Ukip . . . despite Nathan Gill.

To conclude, and here I make no apologies for repeating myself. People living in other parts of the country, particularly the south, may be tempted to think that the problem dealt with here is restricted to the rural north and west, because English people don’t retire to Merthyr or Newport. Don’t kid yourself! The ‘Welsh’ Government has a fixed amount to spend on the NHS and other services, when so much of that has to be diverted to the areas suffering the strain of the geriatric influx, or the dumping of undesirables, then clearly, there will be less to spend in Merthyr and Newport, Swansea and Cardiff. We are all paying for the refusal – of all concerned – to acknowledge one of the major factors contributing to the crisis overwhelming the Welsh NHS.

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Big Gee
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Spot on Jac. That is exactly as it is. An excellent and truthful roundup of the REAL problems on every front from politics to the media and the NHS in Cymru. What REALLY gets my goat is the way the media froths at the mouth whenever they get an opportunity to compare us with England – and always when there’s an opportunity to promote any little negative facet that they… Read more »
Brychan
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There is a tutorial unit for the English schools curriculum. This unit is called …. “Where is granny going?” http://www.rgs.org/OurWork/Schools/Teaching+resources/Key+Stage+3+resources/Who+wants+to+live+forever/Where+is+Granny+going.htm A working example of statistical segment is provided, and it compares Eastbourne where 23% are 65+ and London Borough of Wandsworth where less than 10% are 65+. In the exam you get extra marks for citing the fact that extra cost of care by councils and increased healthcare costs are… Read more »
Marconatrix
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I read your blog partly because I’m continually puzzled by your politics. OK the problems are not easily solved, but without Plaid what have you left? Even with PC few seem to want to vote for them, hence you return mostly unionist MPs and AMs. So on the face of it the Welsh are voting themselves into oblivion. They are glad of the right to be able to settle and… Read more »
Ianto Phillips
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Another well written piece. I agree with yourself and Huw Edwards that it is astonishing that such subjects are never raised due to unjustified claims of racism [odd to hear Huw Edwards being the one to broach it, but Hywel Teifi “Whirligig” Edwards must have started slowing down the spinning in his grave just that little bit when he did.] Of course immigration is a complex subject, but countries need… Read more »
Albert Hill
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What I don’t get Jac is that I believe you’re pro Wales being in the EU? Please correct me if I’m wrong. Control of borders is just impossible within the EU. No doubt we could do something with planning laws but not much.

The Earthshaker
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Another powerful if depressing piece exposing the Welsh political class, including joke nationalists, the media and civil society for what they are selfish, self aggrandising, cowardly, visionless sock puppets. The NHS is Labour’s Achilles heal and they know it, which is why the Tories exploited it so ruthlessly during the General Election and will do the again in the run up to the Assembly elections as Labour flounders under delusions… Read more »
Carnabwth
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I did hear Llyr Hughes-Griffiths say today on Radio Wales I think that we have to be ‘brutally honest’ about the state of the NHS in North Wales if it’s to be sorted out. Yeah right! Talking of Health Boards. How can a Hywel Dda Health Board Hospital in Aberystwyth have a monoglot English speaker on the desk in the Out-Patients dept.? It’s like we’re still living in the 90’s.… Read more »
Big Gee
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By sheer coincidence my mam has been in Bronglais for just under a month, she had a fall, has spinal compression problems as a result can’t move her hands or legs – she’s virtually become a paraplegic. She’s 85, hard of hearing, and has difficulty understanding and communicating in English at the best of times. When she arrived at A&E she was brought there by two monoglot English ambulance staff… Read more »
Carnabwth
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It’s a small world. I spent a few days in Ceredig last year after an accident close to Aber. I’m not from the area but was taken there by ambulance. I think I mentioned it at the time on this blog that few of them on that ward if any spoke Welsh. There was a woman in the female section who screamed night and day in Welsh. She was I… Read more »
dafis
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Further west and north you go within our country the worse it gets, simply because that’s where the influx of Anglos has a disproportionate effect on what is generally a smaller native population anyway. Whichever way you disect the issues of language/identity/culture you will find a steadliy increasing pace & tempo of corrosion/erosion > decline. In towns like Aber having a Uni there makes matters worse ! simply because they… Read more »
Sion
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Don’t forget the residents of caravan parks – and I’m thinking of the tens of thousands of static caravans in one stretch from Talacre to Pensarn – who can stay for about 10 months of the year, pay no council tax and are invariably elderly and/or with health problems. I am friendly with a family from the English midlands who have two caravans, and of the ten or so family… Read more »
dafis
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ref your clip in your tweet sidebar – is Protic posing as J Jones, or is J Jones posing as Protic ? I find it hard to believe that any genuine Serb would fail to understand the relevance and importance of identity. Even in the Balkans all they really wanted was for Croats, Bosnian Muslims, Albanians et al to bugger off and respect Serbian territorial claims which may have been… Read more »
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