Patriotic Welsh people should support airport
Re: Cardiff Airport is being given another £21m by the Welsh Government. I have no Twitter account, ergo I must email my disagreement with the unidentified negative opinions expressed on this subject in the October 23 edition of “Webchat”.
I do so as someone who for nine years was employed as construction law adviser by the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority, used Cardiff Airport to travel to and back from Lesotho’s Maseru Airport via Amsterdam’s Schipol, and Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo Airports. When it was possible I also used the Cardiff Amsterdam link route to other parts of the world where my services were retained.
I should add that, on those occasions when my work took me to the USA I should have flown from Cardiff via Shannon Airport rather than travel to London only to fly back in a westerly direction over Cardiff. Ditto for Bristol Airport even if the distance is lesser – but even then there is the expense of, and time spent in, travelling out of Wales to Bristol Airport
I would have thought that most patriotic Welsh people would do the same, but it seems not to be the case with all but one of your correspondents.
As for the Welsh Government’s grant of £21m for upgrading the airport, it would hardly buy a footballer of note for “the City” or “the Swans” in today’s transfer market.
PM must put right a historic injustice
On OCTOBER 25 the Queen’s Speech was passed by MPs, the Prime Minister saying he believes in a Britain where fairness is at the heart of what we do.
Where have former ASW pensioners heard that word “fairness” from before? I will tell you – the last four Conservative and Labour Prime Ministers all said the same, yet for the past 17 years former ASW steelworkers have been fighting for fairness regarding their pensions, not only for themselves but thousands of others in the Financial Assistance Scheme, but are still inhumanly being denied justice through successive UK Governments gross unfairness and flawed legislation.
If you are a man of your word, Prime Minister, you and your Chancellor will finally put an end to the biggest social injustice and political theft this country has ever known, and pay these decent men and women the pensions they trustingly paid for in full 100%.
Government stuck in a Brexit impasse
Boris Johnson’s Government and party are deeply split on whether to push for a general election or attempt again to deliver a Brexit deal, after the Prime Minister failed to secure a rapid timetable for passing the withdrawal legislation.
Downing Street is awaiting the EU’s decision on whether to grant a Brexit delay until January 31, 2020, as outlined in Mr Johnson’s letter to EU leaders last weekend. After a decision is made, Mr Johnson will have to decide whether to attempt to get his deal approved by Parliament or to try to force an election.
The latest impasse comes after MPs endorsed the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal in a vote on Tuesday night before rejecting his timetable for passing the legislation, which turns the agreement into UK law.
Good luck to new patient care plans
The new Grange Hospital opening in Llanfrechfa in 2021 is good news for patient care in Gwent and South Powys
Reference is made to the Clinical Futures Strategy which seeks to find new and innovative ways to enable support and care in home settings or within community-based facilities, and local general hospitals will continue to play important roles.
I was pleased to read that the Grange will be developing a centre of excellence with specialists and critical care care centralised on one site, which will result in improved services for the local community and patients.
The Grange will help with demand and pressure on other hospitals across the Gwent area and I am sure we the public wish this project success. Good luck to the Health Board and all concerned in this venture
Old measures and money aren’t dead
Nothing wrong with using feet and inches, or pounds and ounces if you want to. I still work out prices in old money – a Cadbury’s Flake used to cost sixpence, now it costs eight shillings – daylight robbery! I still send out bills and write cheques (remember them?) in guineas – and they get paid!
Dr David Jenkins
Riding the public sector gravy train
Our level of general taxation is at, or near, a peacetime high. At the same time our infrastructure is in need of repair and renewal, and our front-line services are short of cash.
Quite obviously somewhere in the depths of the public sector some people are getting far too much.
On Saturday you highlighted the shenanigans in Caerphilly Council and the Betsi Cadwallader Health Board. Are they isolated incidents or just the tip of an iceberg that is the fundamental cause of our financial problems?
People’s anger over Brexit is building…
The news that a joint academic survey by Cardiff and Edinburgh universities has found that “A majority of both leave and remain voters believe that violence against MPs ‘worth it’ to get way on Brexit…” should be a sobering warning to MPs, AMs and MSPs.
People on both sides of the debate are obviously getting very angry, and if those who supposedly run this country, and take bloated fat-cat salaries and expenses for doing so, do not get off their collective backsides and resolve this matter very soon, they may find that not only do they face personal violence from those with such predisposition, but they may also find they no longer have a country left to pay the taxes that keep them in their well-padded seats and luxury lifestyles.
Countries have become failed states many times before, and often for far smaller reasons than the problems and tensions currently building up to destruction level in Britain.
It is Guy Fawkes’ Night very soon now, celebrating the unsuccessful plot to destroy Parliament… The politicians may not be so lucky next time…
Waunlwyd, Ebbw Vale