Another must hear broadcast by our friends at Radio Free Radnorshire. In order to hear Spreaker properly, you have to do all sorts of technical buggering about. We here at the RLF are too involved with the campaign to end the hegemony of Powys to learn how to do this properly, but one of our supporters links to it via his blog here, and you can also follow the station by clicking on the link on our Comrades blog roll. It’s mostly pop music, but it is free, Radnorian, and they do have a go at Powys from time to time…
A big place, Powys. The largest local authority by geographical size in England and Wales. From Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant in the north to Ystradgynlais in the south is 110 miles, (and about a three hour drive). From Machynlleth in the west to Presteigne in the East is about 61 miles, (and about an hour and forty minutes to drive).
You might imagine that the nine members of Powys CC cabinet would come from all across this vast ‘county.’ Odd then, that five of them have SY21 or SY22 postcodes, and all live within a twenty minute drive from one another. Handy for a car share into Llandrindod, I guess.
More political careers will come to grief because of the nightmare that is schools policy in Wales. Are you listening, County Councillor Myfanwy Alexander, ‘portfolio holder’ for education in Powys? Are you listening, County Councillor David Jones, currently leader of Powys County Council but, between 2004 and 2011, chairman of education in Powys?
We at the RLF call for your resignation with immediate effect.
A useful guide to the 1974 borders of Radnorshire, based on a map of 1809 located in Lisa’s shop in Presteign-On-Lugg
At this weekend’s historic meeting of the RLF, it was decided to declare Radnorshire ‘Nuclear-Free’.
Older Friends of the RLF will recall that back in the Eighties, lots of ‘loony left’ councils declared themselves nuclear-free, to the great hilarity of the fuck-nut Capitalist scumbags who run the world, who knew that they could do what they like anyway.
But we at the RLF think the fuck-nut Capitalist scumbags and their lickspittle apologists have had their day.
Powys County Council have earmarked £2.8 million of our money to appeal against the construction of wind farms in Montgomeryshire. Imagine what could have been done with that money. For example, rather than seeing Kayes castings factory in Preteigne close, they might have invested that money in developing and manufacturing renewable energy solutions. In the census of 2001, reproduced on the Powys website, 25% of Presteigne’s population were recorded as working in manufacturing. We dread to think what that percentage is now. Powys are happy to let Radnorshire de-populate and die.
Powys did nothing to prevent mass unemployment, but instead have chosen to spend our money on climate-change denial and short-termism. County Councillor Myfanwy Alexander has taken a lead in defending an out-dated and ignorant view of aesthetic considerations of the countryside over employment, energy security, the undoubted benefits that renewable energy bring to small rural communities, and the fact that humankind needs to act now in the face of anthropogenic climate change.
Imagination, creativity or intelligent thinking are not Powys County Council’s strong points. In fact, their only strong point is the use of fear to defend their own interests, and the interests of their friends. Of course most people are scared by bullies with £2.8 million to spend on lawyers.
In declaring Radnorshire a Nuclear-Free Zone, we declare our opposition to Powys County Council’s desicion to spend almost three million pounds defending the prospects of a handful of County Councillors.
Now, I know I said yesterday that ‘This is it’ re. the flag of the RLF. Well, today I have been contacted by a vexillologist from Ceredigion who would very much like to see Powys go the way of Dyfed. The counties of Ceredigion (Cardigan if you must) Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire were subsumed by ‘Dyfed’ in 1974, but they reagained their independance a few years back. He has come up with this one, which really is the feller. Cynod Sir Faesyfed!
Right. This is the one. The RLF vexillologists were threatened with being first to the wall come the great day. Another correspondent described our Michaelmas flag as ‘Jessey’ (sic). We at the RLF (District Council) like a joke as much as the next liberation front, but enough is enough.
We have therefore sacked our new design team, and brought back the old one. This time, instead of using the colours of the Mortimers, they have used the colours of the winning side of the Battle of Bryn Glas (ie Owain Glyndwr). It should never be forgotten that the greatest victory of the Welsh over the English was fought and won on the soil of Radnorshire.
So, can we please move onto the important business of bringing about the downfall of Powys, and stop sniping about the fecking flag.
The RLF District Council