Hello there. Hope you’re feeling well today.Last time I chatted about blog villain, Secretary Of State for Wales and faulty microwave of thought that is Alun “Chucky” Cairns it was to mention the one time I’ve agreed with him over the issue of car parking across the Vale of Glamorgan.
Now however the Chuckiness has returned. When in a House Of Commons Committee meeting yesterday he said and I quote:
“Infrastructure investment doesn’t have to be in Wales to benefit Wales”.
Really? How are the high speed rail networks of HS1 and HS2 going to benefit Wales when the tracks are not going there? And even if you take a connection to wherever in Wales the service will obviously be slower and in most cases you’ll feel that the stabilisers have been put on. How is that going to benefit Wales? Welsh taxpayer’s money going on projects where there is no metaphorical or literal connection to the country.
Let’s go on. The Swansea Tidal Lagoon project would have provided Wales with a lot of it’s power supply but no the UK government with Alun Cairns as it’s Welsh figurehead and glove puppet rejected it. So instead the plan is for Welsh taxpayer’s to help pay for Hinckley Point in Somerset England. And when I say pay it’s not just in fuel bills but also in the nuclear mud coming Cardiff’s way.
I could continue but you get the drift.
Now time for me to go off on a tangent.
On Sunday I was in the South Bank in London with my mother. As we were walking along the Thames I noticed a frail old woman walking slowly. Whether from old age or disability I could not tell but her back was arched as she was walking. In her hand was a pink mug as she weakly asked people for any spare money.
That old lady is a metaphor for Chucky Cairns’ Wales. A Wales where the infrastructure is underfunded. A Wales which has to be dependent on England for essential services such as power. A Wales consequently poor because of the lack of investment by businesses specifically because of the lack of infrastructure spending (a vicious circle).
Given the weakness of Welsh Labour once the election for leader is resolved Plaid Cymru will need to be vocal not just to be against Chucky but to explain loudly that the only alternative to this disaster will be independence.
Until the next time.