Why I didn’t subscribe to the Pontypridd War Memorial

When I was on Pontypridd Town Council another councillor, Colin Gregory, proposed a motion that a dedicated war memorial be put in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park. I seconded this motion, as he can verify, and the ball was set in motion.

Following that resolution I proposed a number of additional proposals. I proposed that the war memorial also include the miners and other members of the Land Army that contributed. Despite another councillor, Steven Rosser, seconding my motion it was not passed. Being a Co-operative Party councillor at the time, I also said that it should be funded by public subscriptions. This was passed. Yet even though it went into action I am resentful that none of the credit for the policy was given to me. I was not invited to any events and others claimed the credit. Because of this I did not take part in my own policy.

There were a number of other things on the council that others took credit for even though I proposed them. For instance as soon as I was elected to the council I asked the Town Council’s clerk to put on the agenda about having a Charter between RCT Council and Pontypridd Town Council. This went through yet others, like Steve Carter who was Mayor, took the credit.

Reforming Regional Rugby to Promote Ponty Power

The WRU argues that we need regional rugby in Wales to produce elite teams that shine both as clubs in international tournaments like the Heineken Cup, as well as when the players play for their international sides, such as Wales. I am willing to accept the premise that few teams with more permanent elite players will increase standards in rugby, as we have seen happen with Wales’ successes in the last few years with the international players from the regions getting better and better.

There is one thing about the current set-up though, as I said in the case of Bishop v Powell (2006) regional rugby is killing Valleys rugby – This is something Mike Powell and I agreed on. I do however have a solution for this travesty which is keeping the club I support, Pontypridd RFC, out of top flight European rugby where they deserve to be.

The current regional sides could exist as separate legal entities with permanent ‘elite’ players and no affiliation to existing clubs, which are then ‘captained’ by the best Premiership club whose existing players would join forces with the elite players. The team that captains the region would be determined by a play-off between the incumbent team captaining the region, and top performing Premiership side for that region from that previous year. So for instance, this year would have had the regions captained as follows:

Blues Region’ – Pontypridd RFC
Scarletts Region’ – Llanelli RFC
Dragons Region’ – Cross Keys RFC
Ospreys Region’ – Neath RFC

We could even have a fifth region which would be the top performing team from outside of the Premiership, such as London Welsh, or the team formerly known as UWIC.

By playing alongside the elite players, who probably also play for Wales as internationals, will increase the standards of Premiership side players, on the same basis that the regions on their own have increased the standards of rugby in Wales.

A typical Friday Night at the Pontypridd Constituency Labour Party

Pontypridd CLP Chairman: Does anyone have any ideas about how we can better understand the meaning or cause of life?

[Disruption while the Councillor for Ty Nant questions the Chairman]

Cllr Darwin: I think we descended from apes, we quite clearly share so many characteristics we must have a common ancestors.

Llantwit Fardre BLP Chairman: Shut up Charles you don’t know what you’re talking about!

Freeman Newton: I have a suggestion.

CLP Chairman: One minute Issac, the Councillor for Efail Isaf wants to speak.

Efail Isaf Councillor: Well I think it’s disgusting we’re having this conversation in the first place. No one thought to invite the science minister, and why are we holding the meeting at 5 o’clock in the evening, it must be that the executive want to stifle debate.

Freeman Newton: Can I…

CLP Chairman: One minute Issac. Stephen, you wanted to say something?

Cllr Hawking: Far from being mathematical curiosities which appear only in special cases, I think singularities are a fairly generic feature of general relativity.

Dr Einstein: I agree, the source is not mass. In my opinion mass is part of the energy-momentum tensor, which includes both energy and momentum densities as well as stress.

CLP Chairman: You wanted to say something Issac?

Freeman Newton: I was going to say that a body’s motion can be described as a combination of free or inertial motion, and deviations from this free motion. But Albert and Stephen have moved on since then.

CLP Chairman: Are we ready for the minutes?…

Gender Differences between Labour Women in Central and Eastern South Wales

I was in the Labour Party for 14 years. One thing most people will remember about me was how I spoke up for all-women shortlists and decried the way women were forced into traditional gender roles, like making their tea in Ogmore or taking in the minutes in Pontypridd. I challenged both of these by taking on the role of Secretary in both constituencies, and showing the men in Ogmore CLP how to make tea – don’t ask me how to boil an egg though!

Most of the women I know in Pontypridd CLP are neo-feminists – they want to be treated on the same terms as men because their values are still outdated, so they adopt all their negative traits such as being delusional about their true abilities and worthiness and try to control where they have no competency.

The women I know in Ogmore CLP are not even feminists – they know the men won’t listen anyway because they think they know it all so let them get on with it and keep making mistakes.

The women I know in Rhondda CLP on the other had have no such hang-ups; they are assertive yet tolerant and competent and strong willed – the men in Rhondda know they have met their match! The women in the Rhondda CLP are proud to be women and proud to be from Rhondda – they know they don’t need to be treated the same as Rhondda men, because they are confident in their abilities and who they are and in being themselves.