Thursday, 30 April 2009

The "Big Isssues" - what are they?

PM to keep focus on 'big issues'

Gordon Brown has said he would not be diverted from the "big issues" facing Britain as a humiliating reverse on Gurkhas' rights sparked claims his Government was losing authority.
Gordon Brown said he would not be diverted from the 'big issues'

The Prime Minister, who faces another Commons challenge, this time over his MPs' expenses reform proposals, was defiant during what one Cabinet colleague admitted was becoming "a bit of a week".

"As far as the day-to-day business of government, I just say to you we get on with it and we are dealing with the big issues and we are not going to be diverted," he said.

The big issues - apart from the economy - are presumably the coming general election and the survival of the Labour Party.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

The Nation of Cornwall - Kernow

By Adam Price, M.P.

Cornwall too is poised to be reunited this year with the creation of a single Cornish tier of government. The long and convincing campaign by the Cornish Constitutional Convention fought hard to deliver a full-blown Assembly but the watered down alternative of a unitary authority has been imposed by a central government with the full backing of the Lib Dems. But at least Cornwall will be one again – and we wish our sister party, Mebyon Kernow, well in this year’s elections.)

Remember Cornwall has long been a chilling slogan in the Celtic lands because of the way in which that country was dismembered. And despite all our recent achievements as a nation and as a movement over recent years, these words of the Cornish political activist Len Truran spoken thirty years ago resonate for us in Wales even now:

“What fools we Cornish are: kick us, humiliate us, usurp our power, steal our jobs, rape our countryside and buy up our homes and what do we do, we turn out and what do we do, we turn out and vote for the centralist parties that have never done us any good, are doing us no good, will never do us any good”. Well, Wales this Summer is your chance to chart a different course.

The Nineteenth century saw a great Springtime of Nations as the revolutions of 1848 saw new countries created the length and breadth of Europe. In our world today we are now seeing our own Spring Awakening with people and cultures that have long been dormant and subdued asserting their right to exist, their right to dream.

Friday, 24 April 2009

The Budget that Never Was.

The Budget to save the world (at least the UK part) has achieved nothing - a wasted opportunity, as has been said. The enormous hole in the economy of the UK has been filled with a puny shovelful of sand. Britain is perched on treacherous and shifting sands, a situation brought about by a decade of waste and mismanagement. Nothing the Chancellor has done or can do will stave off a deepening recession or replenish the coffers for all has been frittered away and put to no good use.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Schools' Secretary Example to the Young

"Times" online -

Isabel Oakeshott, Deputy Political Editor

ED BALLS, the schools secretary, used Damian McBride, the disgraced spin doctor, to smear ministerial rivals and advance his own ambitions, a Downing Street whistleblower has claimed.

In an explosive new twist to the e-mail affair, a No 10 insider has revealed that Balls was the mastermind behind a “dark arts” operation by McBride to undermine colleagues.

He claims the education secretary is running a destabilising “shadow operation” inside Downing Street to clear his path for the party leadership if Labour loses the next election.

The insider said: “There is now an operation within an operation at No 10 and it answers to Ed Balls.”

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Leaving a Sinking Ship

Alice Mahon, MP for Halifax between 1987 and 2005, said she also felt "absolutely scandalised" by the Damian McBride affair.

Mahon, 71, a left-winger who was a vocal critic of Tony Blair and the Iraq War, has now written to Halifax Constituency Labour Party tendering her resignation.

She had been a member for more than half a century.

In her letter, she said: "This has been a difficult decision to take as I feel I was almost born into the Labour Party.

"However, I can no longer be a member of a party that at the leadership level has betrayed many of the values and principles that inspired me as a teenager to join."

Ms Mahon, who regularly rebelled against New Labour policies during her time as an MP, said she was "shocked and absolutely scandalised" by the Government's smear scandal.

She said that recent developments had finally convinced her to quit the party.

Speaking to Sky News, she said: "I've reached the end of the road with the Labour Party. I've lost faith in the Government and the direction they are taking us in.

"I did hope, as did many party members, that we would get a change of direction if we got a new leadership. Unfortunately I could not have been more wrong."

Press Assoc.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Labour Ushers in the Police State

George Orwell correctly predicted the advent of a repressive regime changing the face of Blake's somewhat utopian "green and pleasant land." Only that the date in which he placed the scenario of his novel "1984" was at least 20 years ahead of the allotted time.
Labour has ushered in a type of society which many people feared would come into being during their lifetime. The surveillance society, the politics of spin and sleaze and now the attempts at smearing prominent politicians orchestrated from the highest echelons of government all bear witness to this degradation of British society and point to a sickness at the very heart of government. Despite a succession of ministers lining up to speak to the media and reassure the British public that these events bear no relation to the conduct of the regime in power, seeking to exonerate the Prime Minister and the members of the Cabinet will not wash with the electorate apart from its most gullible members, and sooner or later the chickens will come home to roost.

The latest effrontery.

The school where 114 suspected protesters were arrested in connection with a plot to demonstrate at a power station said that it knew nothing about the plans.
More than 100 people were arrested for allegedly planning a protest at Radcliffe-on-Soar

Police swooped on the Iona School in Sneinton Dale, Nottingham, on Monday, saying the suspects, who were meeting at the school, posed "a serious threat" to the nearby Ratcliffe-On-Soar plant.

Those arrested have now been interviewed and released on bail, a spokeswoman for Nottinghamshire Police said earlier.

On Tuesday Richard Moore, a teacher at the school, said no-one had permission to hold a meeting there.

In a statement, he said: "We are as shocked as anyone else to discover the events that had taken place on our premises.

"We had, and have, no knowledge of these activities and any access to the premises was completely unauthorised.

"We are distressed by the level of damage that has been done to the school and about the disruption of both school and nursery provision.

"We are asking the police for a full account of how access to the premises was obtained. Once we know this, we will be conducting our own inquiry into the security of the school site."

Children at the school are due to return in two weeks' time but the nursery was due to open on Tuesday. It was unable to do so as workmen set about repairing doors damaged during the raid in the early hours of on Monday.

More than 80 children aged three to 12 attend the school. As a Steiner school it concentrates on ensuring youngsters enjoy their childhood.

Monday, 13 April 2009

Wales the Land

from Heather Jones @ Facebook

Wales the Land

On the western perimeter of Europe lies the damp, demanding and obessively interesting country known, if it is known at all, as WALES to the rest of the world and by us its own people as CYMRU ("com-ree").

It is a small country, in many ways the archetype small country, but its smallness is not petty; on the contrary itis profound. Wales is a country, but not a state. It has a capital city, but not a Government, an indigenous language but not indigenous laws. Yet Wales remains not only a separate nation, but a distinctly separate and often vehement idea. Today only a minority of us actively fight for the national identity or even speak our native language. As activists we have long believed ourselves to be a special breed, and we have demonstrated the exhausting resilience of Afrikaners, Jews and other 'chosen' races. Seldom do we behave as passive provincials on the edge of things, but rather as campaigners in the very eye of history. The Welsh see themselves as inheritors of Roman urbanity, christian devotion, and as trustees of a lost Celtic civilization which was to become ever more marvelous in the imagination, peopled by ever more heroic heroes, inspired by saintlier saints, until the very dream of it became part of the whole world's consciousness in the legendary paragon of King Arthur. Wales was the folk-memory of Europe! The Welsh word for Wales is CYMRU, CYMRO is a Welshman, CYMRAES is a Welshwoman, Y CYMRY means Welsh people, CYMRAEG means Welsh language and , CYMREITOD is Welshness. ... mi ddawnsiaf ddawns y Gymru Rydd Mi ganaf gan y Gymru Rydd Ac rwy'n yfed i doriad yr hyfryd ddydd Y dydd y bydd pob Cymro'n rhydd! ...I'll dance the dance of Wales Free I'll sing the song of Wales Free And I drink to the dawn of the lovely day The day when every Welshman will be free! by the folk singer; Dafydd Iwan Wales is not just a country on the map, or even in the mind; it is a country of the heart, and all of us have some small country there.

A film to watch - get the DVD :"The Wind that Blows the Barley." (Lessons for Wales)

Saturday, 11 April 2009

The Power of the Blog

Guido Fawkes has effectively forced the resignation of a close advisor to Gordon Brown after an attempted smear tactic aimed at Tory politicians, organised by the Labour spin-doctors who surround the Prime Minister. As a result of this blogger's efforts the plan was exposed and aborted, and has consequently back-fired on Britain's highly unpopular Labour government.

You Have Been Warned!

Pursuit of wealth 'led to downturn'

2 hours 39 mins ago
Press Assoc.

The Archbishop of York has claimed the financial crisis was inevitable because of society's obsession with making money. The Archbishop of York castigates bankers for the economic downturn in his Easter message

Dr John Sentamu castigated financiers for abandoning all fear of risk and being blind to the dangers of unregulated markets. In a strongly worded Easter message, he also pointed the finger at society as a whole, arguing that a greed culture had led to the downturn. He said bankers should have heeded the words of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of America, who said that banks without proper regulation had the power to "destroy individuals, communities and nations".

"As a society our collective pursuit of making money reaped its reward and a collapse was unavoidable." He continued: "Did we really think that interest rates, house prices and mortgage offers would go on rising without a limit, like a juggler optimistically adding more and more balls to his act with only the same two hands to catch them?"

Dr Sentamu said that the dangers of seeking personal gain in a "culture of bonuses" should have been avoided, while opportunities to do good should have been taken up.
"God's intervention in the system is not by underwriting avarice but by calling us to account," he said.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Hands across the Sea

Independence Cymru is now based in Kilkenny, Ireland and from this vantage point extends the hand of friendship and support to the steadfast campaigners for a Cymru Fydd which will join with Scotland and Ireland in a federation of Celtic nations within the European Union.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Adam Price and the Grand Slam - the Campaign for Cymru


At this Spring Conference if there is one single message we must communicate in the weeks that are left to the European elections - the largest democratic election on the face of the planet after the subcontinent of India – then it is this: the world is changing, rapidly, relentlessly, irrevocably and we in Wales have no choice but to change with it. The only question is to whether we have the courage and the confidence as a nation and a people to begin to make those changes on our own terms. Are we content as humanity faces the great challenges of the twenty first century for Wales to be stuck in the sidelines, in the slipstream of history, or are we determined to chart our own course through the waters we face ahead? In the next few years we must decide what kind of a nation we want to be and the choice that we make will affect all of our lives. We have no choice but to choose. In life and in the history of our nation, an abstention is itself a choice – a refusal to accept responsibility for our own future. At this time that is a choice that we can ill afford to make.

It was the Breton philosopher Ernest Renan who answered his own question - what is a nation? - by saying it was a daily referendum: un plebiscite de tous le jours – on whether to continue to be a nation. It was writing When Was Wales in the shadow of 1979 that the late great Gwyn Alf Williams – one of the two great Welsh Marxists of the twentieth century that ended up in this party – Leighton Andrews please note - came up with a similar formulation when he said that Wales exists only if we choose it and it is up to each generation to make that choice. This generation is ready to make that choice and our question is no when Wales was but when our Wales will be.

There will always be those content to see us continually at the mercy of decisions that others make on our behalf, to see us buffeted by storms of others making. I am fed up of seeing my country on the receiving end of other people’s bad decisions. An independent Wales will be no Utopia – damn it, I think I’ve written the headline for Monday’s Western Mail – but here’s the crucial difference we will own our own mistakes and our own solutions. There is nothing more empowering than being the author of your own destiny and that is where we want this nation and each and every one of its citizens to be.

There is nothing about that statement that is insular, or parochial, or backward looking or any of the various epithets that our opponents over the years have thrown at us. And as a man who is proud to count a daughter of Worcester as his mother, there is nothing anti-English about it either. The simple truth is, as the troubled histories of empires, small or large, down the ages show, that no country ever ruled another well.

There is no better proof of that axiom than the current economic difficulties. This is a global crisis but it is having a very different effect depending on where you live. London is the only part of the UK where unemployment has actually fallen – down 33000 compared to a year ago while we in Wales have seen a rise of 28,000.

There is one very simple reason for this. The policies of the UK Government based in the south east of England– in good times and bad – favour London more than they do Wales. The Government has spent astronomical amounts of money bailing out the banking sector based in London – and done nothing for the steel industry, for the car industry or for construction. What we have seen in the last year is the biggest regional redistribution in recent political history: from the poor to the rich, from west to east and south.

And even in future decisions the needs of Wales are never very high on the list of the London Government’s priorities. The Severn Barrage could produce 5% of the UK’s electricity needs but there are major concerns as to the environmental impact this will have on the habitats along our southern coast. And yet the report by the Government’s adviser on the project PWC doesn’t even mention Wales. And even if it is funded entirely by private finance the report assumes that ownership of the barrage will revert to the UK Government that stands to benefit from tens of billions in revenue over the lifetime of the project. All we in Wales will get will be a few construction jobs at the beginning and a few maintenance jobs thereafter. As with coal in the nineteenth and twentieth century, so it’s destined to be with Wales’ rich renewable resource in the 21st – our environment will bear the cost but the profits will be made by others. If we allow this to happen, it will become our Tryweryn.

We must not and will not allow it to happen.

They may see as such, but we are no longer a colonized people – because the days in which our voices can be ignored are gone. The world has moved on and Wales has moved with it.

And we are still moving.
And so are all the other small nations that are today on the march.

In the island nation of Sardinia our sister party, the Sardinian Action Party, is now a member of the Governing Coalition. We salute their success.

The incoming President of the Government Ugo Capellacci has demanded a new Statute of Autonomy because he says Sardinia is a nation with its own territory, history, language, traditions, culture, identity and aspirations to Italy. Cappelacci’s party is of the centre-right but he’s clearly read his Gramsci.

Italy itself is to become a fully fledged federal State – and soon the province of South-Tyrol – self-governing since 1948 – will have powers of which we in Wales at the moment can only dream: 90% fiscal autonomy and primary law-making powers in many areas – the Tyroleans are asking now for control over the post office. If we had that power then we wouldn’t have had forced closures of local post office and the forced privatisation of Royal Mail.

Mae Llydaw, gwlad ein cefndryd Celtaidd, gollodd ei hanibynniaeth dim ond pedair blynedd cyn Gymru ym 1532 ar fin cael ei hail-uno ar ol ei rannu o dan Lywodraeth Vichy. Mae’r brifddinas, Nantes, gefeilliwyd gyda’n prifddinas iau ni yma yng Nghaerdydd ar fin dychwelyd adre os ydy Pwyllgor Edouard Balladur sydd yn edrych ar ail-lunio map strwythurau tiriogaethol Ffrainc yn cadw at ei addewid. Ni fydd Ffrainc, wrth gwrs, yn rhoi mewn heb frwydr. Y mis yma dedfrydwyd chwe Llydawr ifanc a baentiodd adeiladau cyhoeddus a’r TGV gyda sloganau o blaid undod Llydaw i ddirwy anhygoel o 30,000 Ewro a deufis o garchar wedi ei ohirio.

(Translation: Brittany, the land of our cousins, which lost its independence just four years before our own in 1532 - may finally be reunited after its division at the hands of the Vichy government. The historic capital of Nantes, twinned with this our much younger capital of Cardiff, may finally be coming home if Edouard Balladur’s Committee looking at redrawing the map of France’s territorial divisions sticks to its proposals. Ten thousand have marched in Nantes to end the scandal of partition. Of course, France will not give up without a struggle. This month six young Bretons who sprayed graffiti for Breton unity on public buildings and a TGV have been fined E30,000 and given a suspended two month jail sentence as punishment.)

Does dim angen i fi eich atgoffa o le anrhydeddus y pot paent yn hanes y mudiad hwn. Ond i’r Llydawyr hefyd y daw’r awr y bydd mawr y rhai bychain.

Mae Cernyw hefyd ar fin ei uno gyda chreu un haenen integredig o lywodraeth Cernywaidd. Mi geisiodd ymgyrch gref a darbwyllol y Confensiwn Cyfansoddiadol Cernywaidd i ddelifro Cynulliad Cernywaidd ond yr opsiwn glastwreiddiedig o gyngor unedol a orfodwyd gan Lundain gyda chefnogaeth y Rhyddfrydwyr rhag eu cywilydd. Ond o leiaf y bydd Cernyw yn un unwaith eto a fe ddymunwn pob llwyddiant i’n chwaer-blaid Mebyon Kernow yn yr etholiadau eleni.

(Translation: Cornwall too is poised to be reunited this year with the creation of a single Cornish tier of government. The long and convincing campaign by the Cornish Constitutional Convention fought hard to deliver a full-blown Assembly but the watered down alternative of a unitary authority has been imposed by a central government with the full backing of the Lib Dems. But at least Cornwall will be one again – and we wish our sister party, Mebyon Kernow, well in this year’s elections.)

Remember Cornwall has long been a chilling slogan in the Celtic lands because of the way in which that country was dismembered. And despite all our recent achievements as a nation and as a movement over recent years, these words of the Cornish political activist Len Truran spoken thirty years ago resonate for us in Wales even now:

“What fools we Cornish are: kick us, humiliate us, usurp our power, steal our jobs, rape our countryside and buy up our homes and what do we do, we turn out and what do we do, we turn out and vote for the centralist parties that have never done us any good, are doing us no good, will never do us any good”. Well, Wales this Summer is your chance to chart a different course.

The Nineteenth century saw a great Springtime of Nations as the revolutions of 1848 saw new countries created the length and breadth of Europe. In our world today we are now seeing our own Spring Awakening with people and cultures that have long been dormant and subdued asserting their right to exist, their right to dream.

Take struggle in Spain between the old nationalism and the new.

In the historic nation of Catalonia a mass movement has taken to the streets to demand the right to self-determination. Four thousand Catalans even marched in Brussels to demand a referendum on the constitutional future of Catalonia such is the strength of their desire for democracy and freedom and respect.

The Basques too have been denied their rights: the Ibarretxe Plan for a referendum on the sovereignty of the Basque nation has been declared unconstitutional by the Spanish Courts, the same courts that banned three Basque nationalist parties – all of whom have renounced violence from taking part in the recent elections effectively handing electoral victory to the Spanish nationalist parties. Well, we say this to the Spanish Socialist Party that is now to form a Government with the Conservative Partido Popular – Franco never succeeded in breaking the spirit of the Basques and neither shall you.

In Galicia where our sister party lost just one seat but is now replaced by the PP in Government, what is the first act of the Spanish nationalists but to end support for the Galician language nursery schools, the Galescolas unless they are, in their words, ‘depoliticised’. So if you teach in Spanish it’s education, but if you teach in Galician it’s ideology. A statement that is worthy of the unreconstructed wing of the British Labour Party.

Will the Galicians simply slip back into the shadows of history? Well that is not what 21st century Celts do. Forget the dying Gaul – the bitter-sweet poetry of disappointment and defeat. The lines we are writing now are ones of praise, of passion, of victory and celebration.

Of course, no nation or party can be without its setbacks, disappointments, disagreements even. But let’s never confuse disagreement on policy with a conflict between personalities. This party needs its Eamonn de Valeras and it needs its Michael Collins. But let us not make their tragic error and create enmity between all of us who are joined in the common cause of freedom for our country.

And to those who are disheartened when they feel their own Government has got it wrong, don’t get angry get even more involved in the democracy of this party. Submit your motions. Stand for election. Write the manifesto. And if you get elected, re-read it - and that goes for me as much as anyone else. And remember in any movement leaders need and deserve our support, especially when times are tough.

Welsh nationalists do not have the luxury of resignation. Ni allaf ddianc rhag hon. We are a small country that needs the skills of everyone committed to the cause of Wales. We cannot resile from our responsibility as patriots and citizens. And this is not a time to be disheartened.

For the truth is we are the only generation ever in Welsh history that has its destiny within our own hands. Let’s seize that opportunity with those hands. Not to demand a referendum will be a vote of no confidence not in our Government but in our own nation.

It is a right that others are fighting for, hoping for, marching for in capitals across the Continent. Are we not inspired by their example?

When we marched here in our capital on St David’s Day were we not a nation transformed from the one that trudged thirty years ago to the day to vote itself out of existence. So do not let the fear of our yesterday, snuff out the hope of our tomorrow.

If the people of Greenland can turn out and vote yes by 76% in favour of greater autonomy in the middle of November in the Arctic Circle in freezing temperatures, then surely we in Wales can find a little of their determination so that we like them can begin to control our own land and our own coast.

Pass over Greenland to the Americas and witness a continent where the indigenous peoples are themselves coming in from the cold. In Bolivia, where Eva Morales became the first indigenous government leader in five centuries since the Conquistadors spread death, disease and religion at the point of a gun, a new constitution was approved in a referendum in January which enshrines the right of indigenous people to self-government. Three peoples – the Chima, Yuracara and Mojeno – have declared their autonomy already. And we in Wales salute them.

As some peoples emerge blinking into this new dawn of equality and democracy and respect, the picture for some is not so good. Many thousands of the Saharawi people remain refugees in encampments in Algeria but they still dream defiantly of freedom and a return to their own free and independent land. And we salute them too.

The Tamils of Tamil Eelam are undergoing a daily wave of attacks and repression which bears all the hallmarks of genocide at the hands of the Sri Lankan Government. The world is silent. But we will not forget you. In West Papua - illegally annexed by Indonesia in 1963 – thousands are demonstrating on the streets for independence in a country where even to fly the West Papuan flag is to risk a prison sentence.

These examples of courage and commitment in the face of terrible risks inspire us. But Eluned Morgan – retiring from the European Parliament to spend more time with her Karaoke machine says nationalism is an evil, that those who desire freedom for their countries are to despised and not admired. Well, I say tell that to the Tamils, the West Papuans, the Saharawi and the Palestinians and tell it to the spirits of Kossuth, Masaryk, Kenyatta, Gandhi, Simon Bolivar, Jose Marti…and all the liberators in human history.

Of course there are those Labour politicians – another soon to be ex MEP whose name I have forgotten springs to mind – who will support independence movements anywhere else in the world apart from their own country. Now Peter Hain has added a new twist and declared Labour does support Welsh independence after all but only in the fifteen century. Oh, and he does support a referendum on law-making powers just not in the 21st century.

So here is the crux of it: what kind of Wales do we want to be? A nation which like the Basque Country or Catalonia is on the march to equality among the nations of the world. Or a cowed unconfident country unsure of its past, uncertain of its future.

There was a man once who saw Wales’ future as an independent country in a Europe of nations. Gwyn Alf at the 1988 Machynlleth Festival that launched the most colourful European election campaign that we have ever run – with Jill Evans running in her first Euro election – enjoined us to follow Glyndwr to the end of the rainbow. Labour now says it wants us to join Glyndwr’s Army. If Labour wants to turn people into nationalists then fair enough, they’ve been doing it without trying for 70 years.

That European election in 1989 turned round the fortunes of this party. It ended a decade of decline that began in 1979. It taught us to believe again.

The Europe of 1989 with the fall of Communism was a brighter, more optimistic world than the Europe of today beset by economic woes. But in among the gloom shine tiny points of light.

There has of course been much glee in Labour circles of late at the travails of Iceland and Ireland as if the UK is somehow a paragon of economic virtue. All the more remarkable then that Greenland that other north Atlantic island can vote yes to greater self-government at this time. If they can still show resources of hope and a solid rock of self-belief with just 50,000 souls, then how much more should we with sixty times that number. If they can refresh and renew. If they can be a green land, then so can Wales too.

Four years ago this party began to turn itself around. We chose the poppy as a symbol of the unity of our country – a hardy flower as happy growing on the slopes of Snowdon as it is in suburban gardens or the cracks in the pavement of a Valleys street. It is the only poppy indigenous to Europe, a symbol of Wales’ heritage as one of the oldest of all European nations. The Celts were once the fathers of Europe; but now all we want is to be members in our own right of the great European family. So let us fight this election beneath this flag and reach out our arms to brother and sister nations, small and large, old and new, as equals – not just on this island but in this continent and throughout the world. We have nothing to lose but our lack of belief. We have a Wales to win.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

A Visit to Plouye : Tavarn Ty Elise

I am about to visit a living legend. Below is a description of the place in a strange form of Breton English, but you cannot blame the Bretons for sailing over from Cornwall and settling in the wrong country. They have in the past suffered from their desire to escape Anglo-Saxon domination, including the banning of Celtic names and even deportation to the south of France!

Find out more at this web address:


TY ELYSE undoubtedly the only and single coffee of France whose ground is out of beaten ground. I cannot resist to make you share this mythical place. Located at Plouyé at the fine bottom of the Brittany center, close to Huelgoat. Its owner is Walles man attaching and which deserves the turning. Ty Elise is on the way to be an institution and one should classify it historical inheritance. Of course, you understood it, the asepticized European standards and HACCP not yet reached it and did not disfigure it. Some photographs to follow to entice you and give you desire for going there. To note, that it appears among the largest seller of Coreff of the place. (the beer of Morlaix brewed and drawn as a real ale) It regularly gives itself to it concerts of traditional musics Celtic, generally free but some times paying with "great" groups" coming moreover further.

This extract makes a lot more sense in its French version.

If Only Things Had Been Different

For the nation of CYMRU Time stood on hold for -600 years, and now the Time has come to reclaim a lost heritage.

Glyndwr letter comes home – as a copy - An historic Welsh treasure “exiled” in a French library is coming home – in copy form at least.
Exact reproductions of the letter in which Owain Glyndwr set out his vision of an independent Wales are to go on display in six locations throughout the nation.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Border Squabbles

Mar 2 2009 by Jonathan Walker, Birmingham Post

Welsh children are populating English classrooms, Welsh badgers are infecting English cattle and Welsh water is flooding English towns, according to a Midlands MP.

Daniel Kawczynski (Con Shrewsbury and Atcham) called for greater co-operation between England and Wales as he set out a litany of complaints about Welsh devolution in the House of Commons.

The problems were caused by the autonomous Welsh administration, with its own assembly, which paid little regard to the effects of its policies on England, he said.

It meant constituencies which border Wales, such as his Shropshire seat, suffered.

Mr Kawczynski was speaking during a Commons debate on Welsh affairs, in which he was the only English MP to make a speech.

He warned: “The Welsh Assembly creates huge difficulties for English border towns.”

Mr Kawczynski said Shrewsbury and other towns in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire suffered regular floods – which could be prevented if Wales acted.

“The way to resolve the problem is not to have little barriers in each town, but to have a wet washland scheme at the source of the River Severn, across the border in Wales, which would flood a large piece of agricultural land, which would become a marsh in the summer, encouraging wildlife, and a lake in winter.”

He went on to complain that the Welsh Assembly was giving grants to businesses which had encouraged some to leave Shropshire and relocate across the border.

“Those grants are uncompetitive and unfair. They lead to many Shropshire firms going just across the border to set up business, leading to significant job losses in Shropshire.”

He pointed out that England had to kill 40,000 cows last year as a result of Bovine TB, which some experts believe is spread by badgers.

Mr Kawczynski welcomed a decision by the Welsh Assembly to hold trial badger culls, but added: “It is just a shame that there is not more co-operation between our Parliament in London and the Welsh Assembly over the issue, which transcends our borders. There should be far more assimilation and co-operation in dealing with such major issues.”

The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital lost around £2 million a year because it was obliged to treat Welsh patients who crossed the border for treatment, but the Welsh Assembly did not pay the full rate for their treatment, he said.

He continued: “Finally, a lot of Welsh children come across the border to go to schools in my constituency.

Wayne David, Secretary of State for Wales, said: “It is very important that we recognise that Wales is not separate from England and that the cross-border links between our two countries are very important.”

Is the answer for Shrewsbury, Oswestry and similar border towns to join Wales
just as popular opinion in Berwick would opt for union with Scotland?