The NHS as originally designed had resilience built in, built as it was on pre-existing private structures and community organisations such as, famously, the Tredegar Workmen’s Medical Aid Society.
We have wasted a lot of public money making companies – that aren’t even based in Wales – rich. It’s time that our County Councils spent their money more wisely. How many end up like Llanelli, not even owning the new town centre development they built?
In Welsh politics, it seems that the one constant is the immovable dominance of the Labour Party. Yet in Scotland, where Labour were once every bit as dominant as in Wales, they are now almost vanquished as a political force. When, and why, did the two country’s paths diverge so much?
Political strategies for Welsh Independence have varied over time. Our country was conquered by its neighbour, England, in mediaeval times. Although Wales has kept a fair amount of its culture and identity, no clear strategy for getting back national freedom has emerged other than trying to follow the Scottish example, yet to be fulfilled.
Details are emerging of the betrayal of the people of Carmarthenshire, and the Swansea Bay City Region as a whole, by the less than noble proponents of the “Flagship” Wellness Neurosciences Village planned to create jobs and prosperity in Llanelli. The whole mess is not yet fully investigated but the theme of the reports to date is that the scheme was never properly planned or thought out and some of its leading proponents were clearly lacking in honesty, integrity, objectivity and impartiality.
Wales has a considerable deficit in medical education and does not train the number of medical practitioners or nurses needed for our country. Why were Swansea Academics and a Carmarthenshire Local Government Civil servant planning to sell medical science degrees to middle east students? Its a kick in the teeth for our own youngsters who cannot even get into a medical or nursing school due to shortage of places. Were the “proceeds” ever likely to be used to expand our own medical and nursing schools or just to line the pockets of others? The police are now involved.
Quite a banquet of consequences should be served soon at Carmarthenshire County Council In a Carmarthenshire County Council Planning meeting on January 10th, a major planning application was blocked by…