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|Charities and Asylum Seekers|
at 17:57 19 Dec 2018
Over the last twenty years the Heritage Lottery fund has put more (£1.9 billion) into just three London boroughs than in the whole of Wales (£1.4 billion). That works out at £4,500 per head in those three boroughs compared with £460 per head in Wales.
They asked some spokesperson why and I thought, here we go, maybe there'll be a reasonable explanation. The person said that one of the reasons is that many charities are London based as are many National Institutions.
So, they're saying the reason is that we've already invested enormous amounts of money in London so that means we have to spend even more. That's London, the richest region in Europe compared with Wales, the poorest.
Asylum seekers - for the last however many years there's been a policy to spread asylum seekers round the country, for the whole of the UK to take the strain of absorbing them into their communities.
But there's been a few problems. Firstly 300 councils refused to take any. Secondly, the government gave the contract for organising this to a private company and said £x is the amount you can spend in doing it.
The trouble is that, when this company was looking for accommodation for the asylum seekers they found that they, unsurprisingly, couldn't afford to buy many properties in London and the South East (in fact the whole of Southern England including the West Country, the South East, London and East Anglia).
So they end up buying properties in areas where property prices are lower. And, surprise, surprise one of those places is Swansea. So, the result is that London and the South East (population 8.5 million) has taken in just 481 asylum seekers whereas Swansea (population 250,000) has taken in more. They didn't quote how many. Lots of Northern England places are affected the same way.
We know that the Government is going to screw Wales because they've been doing it for decades. But now even charities are doing it.
at 14:49 16 Aug 2018
Heard this on Tuesday. The person who told me had heard it elsewhere, from a few people from the way he said it.
The owners are looking to claw back their money via the parachute payments and will then sell the Club back to our beloved HJ and MM.
at 10:21 8 Jul 2018
Does anyone on here live in a Park Home or know someone who does ? What are the pros and cons of buying and owning one ?
A family member is thinking of buying one so would be very interested in any info.
|People of Wales, why do we allow ourselves to be kicked in the teeth.|
at 12:42 3 Jun 2018
The latest article on the Nation Cymru website.
‘For the UK Government, Wales is just not important,’ First Minister Carwyn Jones said in response to the revelation that Westminster had just pulled the plug on Swansea’s proposed Tidal Lagoon.
This belated realisation has come after a string of disappointments, including the decision to scrap the electrification of the railroad to Swansea.
Wales has long believed that if it shows its loyalty to Westminster, it will be rewarded. Like an eager dog, it keeps coming back for another kicking.
Of course, this belief flies directly in the face of reality. Compare and contrast how Westminster deal with the SNP Government in Scotland compared to the Labour government in Wales.
Westminster rewards dissent, they reward countries that stand up for themselves. Loyalty, meanwhile, is taken as a signal to treat you like a doormat.
One would hope that the First Minister’s realisation marks a turning point in Wales’ relationship with the UK establishment, which has been characterised by unending loyalty on one side and neglect on the other for the best part of 500 years.
However, his likely successor, Mark Drakeford, gave in to Westminster’s ‘power grab’ on the basis that defending the union was his most important consideration!
If you are in a neglectful and abusive marriage, the last thing you should do is say: ‘However you treat me, our marriage is the most important thing.’
What you do say is: ‘Start treating me right or I’m going to leave you.’
We need to take for granted that Westminster does not care about Wales. That needs to be the starting point for Wales in all our considerations.
And why would they? If I was UK Prime Minister, docile old Wales would be the last thing on my mind too, unless I was planning a walking holiday.
The current UK Government is, in effect, a London and South-East England nationalist party.
Their idea of a ‘union’ is not to strengthen all parts of the UK equally, but to draw cultural, economic and political power slowly and surely into one corner of Britain.
Some politicians and media would like to treat ‘Welsh nationalism’ as an expletive, but all it means in practice is standing up for ourselves and saying that this is unfair.
The people of Wales need to wake up to this. There is no good reason why much of Wales is the poorest part of western Europe, while just down the road we have, in London, the richest part of Western Europe.
There is nothing natural about this concentration of wealth. It’s because the Government sprays money at London and centralises power there, while giving as little as it can to Wales.
The Government spends £2,700 per head on transport in London. The figure in Wales is closer to £100. London is getting Crossrail, HS2, Crossrail 2 and who knows what else will be in the pipeline.
Meanwhile, their only major contribution to Wales’ infrastructure recently has been to rename a bridge, something the majority of people in Wales were against anyway.
So, Wales needs to ask itself a few questions: Why do we allow ourselves to be kicked in the teeth over and over?
Why do we allow people who don’t represent us – why have no understanding of Wales and its people – to make decisions at Westminster without taking our needs into consideration at all?
Think about the contribution Wales makes, and has made, to the UK.
The UK was built on the iron and coal made in Wales. But even then Wales was treated like a colony, trillions of pounds worth of goods exported, while the majority of our people lived in destitution.
Today, the relationship is just as one way. The UK couldn’t survive without the energy, from nuclear, wind and tides, from Wales, and without our vast reservoirs of water England would dry up like a raisin.
Multinational companies with offices in London feed off our cheap labour. Our children are always the first to be signed up for foreign wars. Wales gets no reward for this.
But the greatest resource Wales has is its people. And by denying Wales its fair share, Westminster is robbing us of that resource too.
Our young people want to leave our decaying towns, villages and cities and go to London and England’s South East. And who can blame them for going to where the wealth and opportunity is?
You can’t find a single father in Wales who will say, ‘I can’t wait for my son to join me at the call centre.’
There is no reason why Wales should put up with this. The ordinary working people of Wales have a right to demand a fair share of the UK’s wealth, and that means proper investment.
Wales needs to demand its fair share of investment so that the country has a future. So that our kids have the opportunity to live and study here and not to have to leave our country to find work.
We all love Wales and want to live happy, prosperous lives here, see our children and grandchildren grow up here, we want to retire here, and be buried here.
But that means that we have to fight, because at the moment our country is being sucked dry of all ambition and potential, and left to stagnate.
This isn’t about grievance. This isn’t anyone else’s fault. It’s not England’s fault, it’s not even the Tories’ fault – this is our fault. We have allowed ourselves to be treated this way, by being supine, and electing supine politicians to represent us.
We need to fight for recognition and respect. And we can’t sit around and wait for other people’s permission to do it.
We know the working people of Wales are tired of being treated like this. That is what was behind the Brexit vote, although their faith in charlatans like Farage, Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg was misplaced.
These politicians, who don’t understand Wales, have taken advantage of people’s anger and frustration to further roll back regulation that will leave working people at the mercy of global economic winds.
As it has in Scotland, the change here in Wales will happen when we elected people who will fight for what is best for the people of Wales, not what is best for the already wealthy in London and the South East of England.
And like Scotland, if we come together and demand that we’re treated differently, they will have no choice but to do so.
Under the current circumstances, the Welsh Government’s claim that they’re ‘standing up for Wales’ is a joke.
They’re on their knees, complaining about being kicked in the teeth while thanking Westminster for their benevolence.
If they won’t stand up for Wales, it’s time to elect someone who will. It’s up to us.
|New DWP Headquraters|
at 17:06 2 May 2018
A new DWP headquarters is to be built for DWP staff from various South Wales sites to be accommodated under one roof. There will be 1700 people working there.
Walesonline Business Editor Sion Barry said 'And the project will help counter claims by some, whether fairly or not, that Cardiff gets too much investment'.
The development will be in Pontypridd, 15 miles up the valley from Cardiff.
We should be very grateful don't you know.
|Let's Take Back Control|
at 18:42 10 Aug 2017
Letter just sent to the Evening Post
An article in The Telegraph on Monday the 7th August admits that, if the current levels of immigration continue, we will be in a minority in our own country within about seventy years.
Bearing that in mind, even though I voted remain in the EU referendum I now believe that we really should take back control of our borders. Also we should not be sending billions of our money to support a Union which takes but gives very little back. Think about what all that money could do to improve our NHS.
If you don't believe me search out the article in the Telegraph that confirms the immigration figures into Wales from other parts of the UK, 95% of which is from England.
And if/when Chris Grayling gives the go ahead for Crossrail 2 in London that's where another £1.5 billion of our money will go.
Bearing all that in mind I believe we should start a debate NOW on demanding a referendum on independence for Wales.
|Cardiff Option for Major Trauma Centre|
at 07:13 28 Jun 2017
I checked out the 'Labour WAG sh!T on the valleys again' thread, clicked on the link and scrolled down and found this.
I don't know enough about the finances of the COW project to comment to be honest but this one stinks. It's not a done deal yet but I think we can all see where this is going. The same way as neurology centralisation.
It's a scandal. If you voted Labour in the Assembly election read this and ask yourself why.
|WELSH INDEPENDENCE |
at 09:25 16 May 2017
This is the letter I had published in the Evening Post on Saturday night.
Wales or West Anglia
In the not too distant future it’s quite likely that Scotland will be independent. It’s also possible that Northern Ireland may have become part of a united Ireland. If that happens the Welsh voice in the remaining ‘union’ will be almost non-existent. Wales would become a sort of West Anglia, just another region of England.
As that possible situation begins to emerge talk of a Welsh Independence referendum will inevitably start.
When faced with that question most people say we can’t afford it. And when you ask them why they believe that they say we have a large fiscal deficit, £15 billion at the last time of measuring. And that’s it. The most important question that could be asked of the Welsh people for centuries and most people look at two numbers as fed to us by the media, Welsh revenue and Welsh expenditure, and say it won’t work. And they don’t ask even the most blatantly obvious question, how are the two numbers calculated.
Welsh revenue means Welsh taxes. But not all Welsh taxes are paid in Wales so are not included in the total. Many companies with HQ’s outside Wales, which is the majority of large companies, pay their VAT and Corporation Tax where their HQ’s are based. So Tesco, for example, pay theirs in Hertfordshire. If you allow for all the other companies doing the same thing the amount to be added to the ‘Welsh Taxes’ figure would be huge.
Welsh Expenditure, you would probably imagine, would mean money spent in Wales. But it includes a huge amount that is not spent in Wales. If the UK government decides to spend on what they describe as a ‘UK’ project 5% is automatically allocated as Welsh expenditure, even though it’s not spent in Wales. For example, when Trident is built approximately £6 billion will be added to Welsh Expenditure (based on population percentage of the UK) even though that money will not be spent in Wales. Then there’s the High Speed rail projects, Crossrail etc etc. Even the Olympics cost us £500 million in Welsh Expenditure. And the benefit to Wales of all these projects was/is/will be minimal. As an independent country Wales would not be liable for these enormous costs.
Also consider what money a Welsh government would not spend. The Welsh ‘share’ of the cost of defence is around £2.3 billion. If Wales was independent our government would probably spend a fairly similar amount to Ireland. That would be about £500 million, an immediate saving of around £1.8 billion. And defence is just one example.
The truth is that the real deficit is far smaller than the £15 billion quoted. And, even though the REAL figure will be a large amount it’s a fact that just about every country in the World runs a fiscal deficit. Wales, as an independent country, would be no different.
|Petition to Relocate the Assembly|
at 18:12 3 Apr 2017
Some of you may be interested in signing this petition on the Jac O' the North Blog.
We the undersigned call for the National Assembly be moved from Cardiff to Aberystwyth to begin 'rebalancing' the national life and economy of Wales.
Cardiff is prospering, and growing at an exponential rate, while most parts of Wales stagnate, which makes it clear that the current Cardiff/Wales model of economic development does not work for eighty per cent of the country.
Cardiff getting the lion’s share of investment and jobs impacts adversely on the rest of the country, and while this trend was observable in earlier decades it has gained greater momentum and become even more damaging for the national good since the National Assembly for Wales first sat in 1999.
Worse, there is growing evidence of corruption; the kind of corruption that is inevitable when those with political influence and control of the public purse regularly meet, in social and other contexts, those seeking to take advantage of such contacts.
We believe that in the short term the easiest way to remedy this unsustainable and growing imbalance, and the increasing threat of corruption, is to move the Welsh Assembly and its assorted departments and agencies out of Cardiff.
Aberystwyth would be an ideal and central location for the Assembly and its support staff, other agencies could be located around the country, for in the era of the internet and video conferencing civil servants and others do not need to work next door to each other.
The benefits accruing to some of the more neglected parts of Wales would soon make up for the initial costs involved in the relocations. To continue with the current arrangement is to condemn Wales to a future as a city state, with all benefits accruing to Cardiff. This is not the future we want for our country.
I was a bit surprised when I read the Aberystwyth suggestion but interesting ideas none the less.
|Major Trauma Centre|
at 09:18 30 Mar 2017
A debate has started to make the decision as to whether the Major Trauma Centre for South Wales should be based at Morriston or the Heath.
This will be well worth keeping an eye on because it's a decision that could affect the health of any of us or members of our families. The question about spread of investment by the WAG doesn't just mean new roads and jobs.
at 09:51 28 Mar 2017
It stands for Cardiff City Cricket Club.
It's pretty well certain isn't it. With the advent of the City v City idea put forward by the EWCB I don't imagine it would be SCCC.
And that gives the WAG the perfect opportunity to invest more of our money in the white elephant they helped create in Sophia Gardens.
Oh happy days to live in such an enlightened country.
|THE RUN IN|
at 18:18 19 Mar 2017
If we assume that 36 points will be enough, simply because the Swans would need 3 wins to get there, and then we assume that the bottom 6 Clubs will lose any games they play against the top 6 this is what they'll need.
Swans - 3 wins from 7.
S'land - 5 wins and a draw from 7
M'boro - 4 wins and 2 draws from 6
Hull - 4 wins from 7
Palace - 2 wins and 2 draws from 5
Leicester - 2 wins from 8
Add to that the Swans have 2 games against others in the bottom 6, Boro have 2, Hull have 3, Palace have 2 and Leicester have 2.
All that shows that S'land and Boro are in very deep doo doo. Hull's 3 at the bottom are are S'land, Boro and Palace. And Palace's run in is awful with Chelsea, Arsenal, L'pool, Man City and Man U.
Just trying to cheer myself up and put our current situation into perspective
|Labour/Lib Dem supplementary budget for 2016/17|
at 10:02 12 Mar 2017
Another example of Plaid trying to work for the whole of Wales, not just Cardiff
Plaid AMs votes against supplement to Labour/Lib Dem 2016 Budget
Plaid Cymru Assembly Members have voted against the Welsh Government's supplementary budget today, calling on Labour Ministers to bring forward a budget that demonstrates it is committed to investing in the whole of Wales.
Plaid Cymru's Shadow Economy Secretary, Adam Price told AMs that a staggering 95% of the identifiable projects in the Supplementary Budget were based in Cardiff or the South-East.
"There may well be projects for North Wales and Mid and West Wales, but we simply don't know due to the lack of information and lack of transparency in this budget", Adam Price said.
He added that Plaid Cymru "welcomes increased investment for the south-east. We need our capital region to thrive alongside an equitable distribution of investment for every region."
The Supplementary Budget adjusts the current 2016/17 Labour-Lib Dem budget which was passed by the last Assembly in March 2016. Plaid Cymru Assembly Members opposed the budget at the time.
The Assembly's Cross-Party Finance Committee today also expressed disappointment by the lack of transparency in the government's budget documentation.
Speaking ahead of the vote, Plaid Cymru's Adam Price said:
"Once again this Labour Government has arrogantly come to the Assembly Chamber believing it can railroad through millions of pounds of public spending changes without giving Assembly Members or indeed members of the public sufficient information.
"Labour should learn by now that Plaid Cymru AMs have the audacity to scrutinise, and the willingness to oppose if they do not meet the standards that taxpayers deserve when their money is spent. Our votes should never be taken for granted.
"Plaid Cymru will do what is can to ensure the nation has an all-Wales Government which delivers a Wales-wide budget."
Yet another example of a government that seems to believe that they can simply do what they want, a government that just doesn't care.
|Leanne on the Daily Politics show today|
at 18:55 3 Mar 2017
I found this incredible.
Leanne was interviewed by Andrew Neil this morning and she was asked about the new Welsh Revenue Authority (this is the Welsh mini version of HMRC which is NOT going to be sited in Cardiff. Hooray. It's going to be sited in Treforest. All of 10 miles from Cardiff. So that's okay then).
Anyway, she explained what Carwyn Jones said to her when she asked about the WRA. They were talking about the jobs (40 to start but more in the future) and he told her 'We don't have the skills in Wales to fill the posts. We'll be looking to recruit expertise from London'.
The WAG has been arguing for more powers for I don't know how long. And tax raising powers has always been, as far as I know, one of the areas they've been desperate to have devolved. And yet, now that it's happening he's admitting that they didn't have the foresight to think about training people to do the jobs when they come.
And what does that say to the people in London who the WAG approaches ? They'll be able to demand whatever they want. it'll cost us a fortune. And all because they didn't plan ahead.
I can't believe it. Am I overreacting or what ? Is there something i'm not aware of ?
at 09:55 3 Mar 2017
Wales is unequal and people outside Cardiff feel neglected, says Leanne Wood in pledge to 'rebalance' country'
This is the first headline in Walesonline today. I haven't even read it yet (just about to) but thought i'd prompt anyone interested to check it out.
|Cardiff Metro - an open cheque ?|
at 10:20 31 Jan 2017
I was wondering if anyone would post this. But no-one did so I will.
Since they started talking about the Metro the only reference i've seen as to the cost is £2 billion. Then, all of a sudden last week Walesonline started referring to it as the £5 billion Metro. Estimates of developments like this invariably end up costing far more than originally suggested so any bets as to the eventual cost of this almost purely Cardiff benefiting scheme ? I'll start the ball rolling and suggest double ie £10 billion.
And, on a slightly smaller scale, were any of you aware that the WAG was in the process of getting a Welsh ICC (International Convention Centre) built ? Given that it's virtually impossible to get WAG funding for developments in Swansea (a measly £20 million toward what is going to be the biggest redevelopment of Swansea for 70 years - if it happens at all that is) aren't you amazed, proud even, that our WAG is going to have a 50% stake in this development by investing £42 million of our money in this single scheme at Celtic Manor.
Isn't it amazing that, given the pace at which things happen in Swansea, this Welsh ICC is not going to happen next year or 2019 or 2020 but is actually going start next month.
|Neil McEvoy - Plaid AM for South Wales Central|
at 18:29 13 Jan 2017
An interesting response from Mr McEvoy in a response to Jac O'The North's latest blog subject.
In him we have a Plaid AM, formerly a Labour member, who is also looking to become leader of Cardiff Council and who says this -
Of course I was a Labour member! More and more people in our country are going through the same journey I went through. Nothing wrong with that.I enjoy guiding people along; it is my duty.
It is also well known I want root and branch restructure of Cardiff Council. A Plaid run Cardiff will investigate all land deals with the Welsh Government. We will do so openly, line by line in public. I want the Council end of the equation on RIFW and I want to know who knew what, how and when. I want the Lisvane land deal broken open again.There are other deals and contracts on our Cardiff Plaid radar also.
I am standing for re-election to the Council, as I know the organisation inside out. I will not profit personally from any extra money off the Council, should I be successful.
We have a vision of a Council for the Capital of Wales. A prosperous Capital wanting to share the wealth around Wales, not suck it up into one over developed, polluted mess.
I think the last para is worded wonderfully.
|HMRC in Cardiff |
at 18:54 2 Dec 2016
It was bad enough the WAG decided to steal 350 jobs from Swansea and another 350 from Wrexham and give them to their City State of Cardiff. Now we find that they are planning to move them from the current Llanishen site close to the motorway into a new £100 million pound building in Central Square between the station and the Mill Stad.
So, not only have they stolen well paid jobs from places that need them far more, especially Wrexham, they've decided to rent a building in the most expensive place for office rent in the country.
Coincidentally, in today's Evening Post Chris Holley says that what Swansea City Centre needs to give it a boost is well paid jobs. But, those jobs are going to the place that needs them the least. And not only have they stolen those 700 jobs there'll be an extra 1000 jobs created.
All in our beloved Capital City.
at 18:13 30 Nov 2016
When MP's argue that the government should explain to them what their plan is going to be in the Brexit negotiations and that there should be a debate about the plan in parliament and also that the country should have a say on whether to accept the final deal, what do you think their intentions are ?
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