(English) Something to get our teeth into

(English) Plenty of people complain about the difficulty of finding NHS dental treatment in Wales, but there have been few detailed studies to gauge just how bad the problem is and why it is, in fact, so bad. Therefore it was interesting to see an in-depth article – covering 12 pages in all – in this month’s British Dental Journal, specifically looking at the situation in Wales and how it varies under the seven different regional health boards. Darllen Mwy

(English) Cofiwch Mynydd y Gwair!

There's a lot to remember in Wales - along with Tryweryn

(English) Mynydd y Gwair is a large  open access Upland Common in north Swansea which lies within the Lordship of Gower. The Lord of Gower is the Duke of Beaufort of Badminton, Gloucestershire, an extremely wealthy non-Royal Duke. Gower was a Marcher Lordship and has been held by the Normans since well before the 1282 final conquest of Wales. Darllen Mwy

(English) Why Climate Change is an Emergency for Wales

(English) It won’t escape anyone looking at the UK’s carbon budget that the Welsh economy is dominated by carbon-intensive industries: whether steel manufacturing in Port Talbot, oil refining in Pembroke, coal-fired power generation in Aberthaw, gas-fired electricity generation in Pembroke, Baglan  and Connah’s Quay, internal-combustion engine manufacturing at Bridgend (for now) and Deeside, and of course the aerospace industry cluster around Broughton. Any UK government wanting ‘quick wins’ in reducing CO2 emissions may find these targets hard to resist. The Welsh Government, which has just passed its own ‘climate emergency’ declaration, would not be in much of a position to fight back. Darllen Mwy

(English) On being kicked out

The Singapore skyline; not bad for an island the size of Anglesey which the Malaysians decided they had no use for.

(English) One route to independence which is sometimes overlooked is for the subject nation to be kicked out of its former host and told to fend for itself. This may not be a frequent occurrence, but it’s not at all unheard of and some very successful countries have started up this way. Darllen Mwy

(English) Wales Without Labour

The last village in Wales as you travel from Wrexham to Chester has a very appropriate name. Roll on the day when Wales can say this to the Labour Party for the last time.

(English) To me the most telling expression in Allison Pearson’s joyful prose is the wonderful phrase “drop-kicked his Labour party back to its metropolitan madlands”, simply because it encapsulates a vital truth: the Labour Party is not native to Wales, it is no friend of Wales, and Wales cannot prosper – indeed, can barely be sure of its survival – unless and until its baleful influence can be brought to an end. They, not the Conservatives nor the Brexit Party, are the real enemy. Darllen Mwy