On my mind
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.