David Davies MP for Monmouth
AS many readers will know, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) commemorates the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth armed forces who lost their lives during the two world wars. It is responsible for maintaining cemeteries, burial plots and memorials as a lasting tribute to those who died in some 153 countries across the world.
To mark the centenary of the First World War, I was invited by the CWGC to visit local graves in Monmouthshire.
By sheer coincidence the first one we came to, in Osbaston cemetery, was of a 19 year-old who had served in the Royal Artillery.
I also served in the Royal Artillery (TA) as a 19 year-old and it was a particularly poignant reminder of how lucky my generation has been to have avoided this carnage.
Long may it remain so - and long may the CWGC continue its sterling work of honouring those who fell and providing the rest of us with a visible reminder of what war entails.
Patients wanting to receive treatment in England continue to contact me. I have tried, so far without success, to amend legislation so that everyone living in Wales or England would have the right to choose where they are treated. In England you get shorter waiting lists and better access to cancer drugs. It's not the fault of the doctors and nurses - blame lies squarely with Welsh Government ministers who have cut budgets and try to insist that everything is done in Wales.
Scientists were in Parliament last week touting the latest report on global warming. They accept there has been no warming for 17 years but believe this is just a natural fluctuation. But how long would non-global warming have to continue before they question the whole theory? "Another 50 years" was the response. Half a century seems a long time to wait in order to find out whether we are right to be increasing energy prices with a plethora of carbon taxes.
Spotted on Friday on the Usk to Caerleon road: A large Union Jack with the blue background replaced with green. Was this a comment on the possibility of a "Yes" vote in the forthcoming Scottish referendum? The blue of Scotland removed and the green of Wales inserted? A Welsh Unionist statement? Or was it the late evening sun playing tricks? I would be delighted to get an email from anyone who can shed light on the matter.