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Western Mail - - VIEWS OF WALES - Kardif­flad Jim­myjones57 Bort

in the war fought for King and Coun­try.

In the 1918 gen­eral elec­tion cam­paign, David Lloyd Ge­orge promised a “fit coun­try for heroes to live in”. The re­al­ity was very dif­fer­ent. He did noth­ing for the sol­diers re­turn­ing from the Great War, or for the fam­i­lies of the men who died. He did noth­ing to help the war vet­er­ans when they had their pen­sions taken away.

He was the ar­chi­tect of the govern­ment, de­fer­ring the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the phys­i­cal and men­tal health and wel­fare of war vet­er­ans to char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions, and ev­ery govern­ment has adopted this cow­ardly pol­icy ever since.

I urge ev­ery­one to sup­port the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion’s Poppy Ap­peal be­cause with­out th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions vet­eran sol­diers will have noth­ing.

My ma­ter­nal grand­fa­ther en­listed on the prom­ise that Ire­land would be granted Home Rule, which was fully re­neged on by the West­min­ster govern­ment in 1918. My pa­ter­nal grand­fa­ther, like many Welsh min­ers, en­listed to fight on be­half of the small coun­try of Bel­gium, which had been over­run by its im­pe­ri­al­is­tic neigh­bours.

In my many years of re­search of the Great War re­cruiters never used King and Coun­try in Wales, they used “The spirit of Glyn­dwr” to en­cour­age Welsh­men to en­list. In fact, it can be said that th­ese re­cruits and the Welsh Army were the orig­i­nal “Meibion Glyn­dwr”.

To­mor­row, ig­nore the BBC and the in­signif­i­cant peo­ple who will be at­tend­ing th­ese com­mem­o­ra­tions FAR from Gat­land’s ap­proach of this game not mat­ter­ing, I would tell the boys that this is the time to put the pride back in the jer­sey and re­ally set a marker down prior to the World Cup. If we fail again then Aus will have su­per con­fi­dence when play­ing us next year. But if we fi­nally beat them this time that will give us an ex­tra boost and men­tal ad­van­tage next year which no amount of train­ing will. This IS the game that mat­ters and los­ing is not an op­tion. Let’s go out there and smash them! I CAN’T see how or where we can win this game. I hear peo­ple say­ing our line-out is bet­ter but you wait and see. Our front eight will have to work hard for the full 80 min­utes. Our backs are on a par but I think Aus by 10. SINCE Shane Wil­liams re­tired, Aus­tralia have al­ways had that ex­tra spark to break the game. We’re good at grind­ing teams down but rarely do we pro­duce game win­ning mo­ments.

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