On my mind

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS - With Graham Davies

WATCH­ING the West­min­ster Govern­ment self-de­struct and in­ept politi­cians in a me­dieval par­lia­men­tary sys­tem pro­tect­ing their party loy­al­ties is like watch­ing a group of bald men fight­ing over a comb.

No­body quite re­mem­bers what it’s all about and whether there in­deed there ever was a healthy head of hair. Then the French are get­ting their own back af­ter Water­loo and the Span­ish like to re­mind us that Gibraltar is not a sunny ver­sion of the Isle of Wight.

Brex­ism, a con­di­tion which re­sults in night­mares about free move­ment, free trade, more job and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple, greater in­flu­ence in in­ter­na­tional mat­ters and lower prices, is now a fre­quently pre­sented ill­ness in surg­eries.

In ad­di­tion, Brex­i­to­sis is a life-chang­ing dis­ease which, sim­i­lar to hal­i­to­sis, does not go away af­ter brush­ing, floss­ing and rins­ing. Its per­sis­tence is ex­pe­ri­enced in every news­pa­per, TV and radio bul­letin. It is, of course, more im­por­tant than Saudi Ara­bia bomb­ing Ye­men with the aid of Bri­tish mil­i­tary ad­vis­ers and Bri­tish weapons. It is also more im­por­tant than the fine record Bri­tain has in sell­ing arms to other re­pres­sive coun­tries and those with controvers­ial hu­man rights records.

Brex­i­to­sis, be­cause of its ob­ses­sion with per­son­al­i­ties, ca­reers and rep­u­ta­tions can also dis­tract from lo­cal is­sues. Noth­ing in Llanelli is more im­por­tant at the mo­ment than se­cur­ing the fu­ture of Tata Steel’s Trostre pack­ag­ing plant in the light of the pro­posed merger with Ger­man steel­maker Thyssenkru­pp. Not only does it con­tinue the proud tra­di­tion of tin­plate in the town, when in the 19th cen­tury it pro­duced most of the world’s sup­ply, but it em­ploys 650 peo­ple.

Al­ready Welsh po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents have drawn their swords (for­tu­nately Tata Steel have no sword­smiths) but an out­break of Brex­i­to­sis could wipe out the po­lit­i­cal co-op­er­a­tion and cross-party com­mon-sense needed to pro­vide an ef­fec­tive re­sponse.

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