Last Saturday I was driving on the M4 in south Wales, the weather was awful, quite possibly the heaviest rain I’ve ever had to drive in. And to help me was the absolutely ridiculous notices on the electronic signs that warned me of “Poor Driving Conditions”.
I already knew that! I’m not stupid, I can see what’s in my field of vision. It was a statement of the bleeding obvious, and demonstrated the low level of wisdom provided by a Nanny State. Continue reading
First; the admission: I am a “graduate” of Common Purpose having taken part in the year long programme in Cardiff around 1995. So there’s a chance that I might be biased when I say that Eric Pickles is making a mistake when he says that local authorities are wasting their money sending staff on these leadership programmes. Continue reading
How can anyone be anything other than appalled at the decision to close Remploy factories as announced last week? (click logo for announcement)
The decision is morally wrong, unsupportable from an holistic economic perspective and makes no social sense what so ever. Furthermore it is morally and socially reprehensible.
Forget the economic arguments, forget who has made the decisions and what their motivations might be, it is now time for the Welsh Government to intervene to ensure the continued employment of the staff employed by Remploy in Wales. If this requires a form of state ownership then let it be so.
A failure to do so will not just place some people out of work, it will kill their hopes of work, destroy their individual and collective pride and equally importantly will demonstrate how inadequate we are at doing the right thing to ensure that those in need are helped in their hour of need.
I had made 2 predictions for today’s rugby internationals:
- Wales to beat Australia by 5 points
- New Zealand to beat England by at least 30 points
How wrong was that? How on earth could I have been so far away from the right results. After all, I do think I know a little about the game. Continue reading
New Zealand, or is that The New Zealand All Blacks, or is it just the All Blacks?
I was confused when I heard the announcers refer to them as all of the above, but there is no denying the power of their brand, a brand that not only commands respect but, far too often, demands it too.
It’s not that long ago that NZ (or the AB) refused to perform their traditional Haka in Cardiff as it was to be trumped by some Welsh singing to follow the ritual. As a result the Haka was performed in the changing room and the AB (or is that NZ) lost some respect.
But they made up for it with their play which was in the main, quite magnificent. Continue reading