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October 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

BBC – Soutik Biswas’s India: How Churchill ‘starved’ India

A very interesting story. Appalling truth.

I had always heard that Winston Churchill was a fan of the eugenics movement. An insane form of Darwinism.

BBC – Soutik Biswas’s India: How Churchill ‘starved’ India

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October 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Leighton Andrews Minister of Education and LieLong Learning!

If I was the Assembly Minister of Education I would check my facebook page for mistakes!

This one’s a cracker!

http://www.facebook.com/LeightonAndrews

I think if one of Leighton’s staffers is reading this, he/she should make the relevant changes, this is public you know!




Education and Work

Employers


College

Likes and Interests


October 18, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Saunders Lewis was not a fascist!

“no question Saunders Lewis is an interesting and important historical welsh figure but i do feel bound to ask what this narrow minded bigot has to offer the modern multi-lingual multi-racial and secular wales that exists at the end of the first decade of the 21st century?”

I must confess that my knowledge of Saunders Lewis (like most Welsh) is very little, mores the pity. However leigh I think we should celebrate Saunders because he did have a vision of Wales (somewhat flawed) of that did exist both in reality and as a ideal. I think it is fair to challenge him over the charge of anti Semiticism. However even that was quite common in between the wars spread across the political spectrum (which included ironically enough Leon Trotsky). It was usually directed against the perceived Jewish plutocracy. As for SL alleged Fascism, people just loved Mussolini, and even Lloyd George said nice things about Hitler (its all on tape). The war and the holocaust put an end to the love affair with Fascism and anti semiticism (except it seems amongst the extremes of right and left).

For SL the Welsh language was the one thing that represented the core of the Welsh identity (something I disagree with vigorously). For him industrialism spelt its doom, which was his dark vision. His polemic was more borne out of frustration over the fate of Wales and its native language, than as plain hated for the English and its nation, that Jon Manchip White (Cardiff born author and Professor in Tennessee) testified to in his book “journeying Boy, A Welsh Childhood” who was his good friend who recalled him proposing a toast to the Queen, hardly an act of a rabid Anglophobe. RS Thomas was certainly a Anglophobe (ironically my favourite poet). He probably had more in common with Thomas Jefferson who’s vision of America was that of small communities and not of large cities which he despised, in other words an Agrarian Republic. SL saw the salvation of Wales and its language surviving in the small communities of the west and north. It is a tribute to him that he did not spend his final years in the west but in Penarth, which must puzzle those who accuse him of his alleged rabid anti English, it could be said he was more pro Cymraeg than the former.

Also as a dedicated Catholic he would have paid heed to Pope Pius XI condemnation of both racism in Mit brennender Sorge . believe as a English speaking Welsh that SL should be celebrated for his vision of Wales and not for the calumny leveled against him. He was a pacifist who served in WWI and saw what war could do, he was wrong about WWII as was many.

October 17, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Chilean miners out!

I think the whole World must have been with the miners during their own ordeal. How many people could spend 2 months in a small hole, I know I could not.

 

What surprises me that the Welsh blogosphere had not played closer attention to this whole episode, considering the mining traditions we share with these miners. along with the mining tragedies that Wales has had.

Thank God they are out!

October 13, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The despicable state of Welsh schools!

This did not come as a surprise to me. I had always had known that Welsh schools were in a poor state of repair, by personal observation over a number of years , observation by my own children who attended Cardiff schools (usually comparing it to the good condition of their US High schools), reports that appeared in the Echo and Western Mail that were usually forgotten. And a former assistant director of education I knew in Cardiff who told me that Cardiff and South Glamorgan County Council had neglected repairs on schools for over 20 years (and that was in 2004). So I was not surprised when I had read this report from the BBC today by Ciaran Jenkins (the blogger formerly known as Blamerball)

It just illustrates how politicians in Wales will talk about education but will do nothing. This is the backlog of repairs that need to be done.

Swansea

£147m

Caerphilly

£130.9m

Rhondda Cynon Taf

£63m

Carmarthenshire

£48m

Bridgend

£37.5m

Flintshire

£35.5m

Neath Port Talbot

£27m

Anglesey

£16.5m

Conwy

£12m

Blaenau Gwent

£10m

Merthyr

£9.7m

Ceredigion

£7.2m

That I believe is probably the tip of the iceberg. An estimated One Billion Pounds. This is a disgrace. How can you talk about schools fit for the 21st Century, when some of them were not fit for the 19th.

Unfortunately everyone has to take responsibility for this. Politicians, Parents, and educators. We do have responsibility to do something for this before we bankrupt the next generation with the repairs. This has to be done now, and the government should borrow beg and steal to pay for this.

Wales wake up, before it is too late!

September 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

"Mr Ed" Milliband, Labour’s New Leader

http://www.youtube.com/v/y_PZPpWTRTU?fs=1&hl=en_US

September 27, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My answer to Richard Dawkins!

http://www.youtube.com/v/lOfZLb33uCg?fs=1&hl=en_US

September 24, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Edwina Hart’s new brief. Minister for outer space.

http://www.youtube.com/v/HArUmqqiL0s?fs=1&hl=en_US

September 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Are Cardiff Councillors Value For Money?

I have noticed when visiting the Wales Online site that this “Quick Vote” poll has been on the main page for a couple of months.

I am curious why Media Wales has chosen Cardiff in particualr? It does not seem to be aimed at the Executive in particular.

Does this indicated that Media Wales has a low view of Cardiff Council, or the current batch of councillors.

Also you can vote multiple times!!

Is there an agenda?

Curious said Alice!




Are Cardiff councillors value for money?

Yes

No

September 17, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment