We could lose our identity

WHO ARE these boundary commission assassins? Who is pulling their strings? Is it the Conservative Party at Westminster or some secret, unelected entity based in Cardiff (a Cardiff Taffia perhaps)? If the proposed boundary changes were ever implemented, it is inevitable that Newport and other Gwent authorities, would probably lose their identity forever.

Before the Second World War, there was a natural rivalry between Newport and its larger neighbour Cardiff. There was a mutual respect between their respective citizens.

However, since the 1960s, Cardiff’s power mandarins have systematically manipulated and dominated Newport and other neighbouring authorities. As a consequence, most of Newport citizens now have little care or pride in their city. Cardiff must never be allowed to swallow up Newport. If it did, there would be little point in the regeneration of Newport city centre. As I have suggested in previous letters to the South Wales Argus, it is likely it would be reduced to a permanent status of shanty town. It would disappear forever from history.

Brian Hayes, Clearwell Court, Bassaleg, Newport

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6:57am Tue 30 Oct 12

chris227 says...

i for one would love cardiff to swallow up newport then i would not have the embarrassment of telling people i live here. Since the formation of the WAG all the grant money and public spending and all the public sector jobs have been moved into cardiff leaving newport like you say little more than a run down shanty town to be fair its now worse than merthyr -although better connected.
i for one would love cardiff to swallow up newport then i would not have the embarrassment of telling people i live here. Since the formation of the WAG all the grant money and public spending and all the public sector jobs have been moved into cardiff leaving newport like you say little more than a run down shanty town to be fair its now worse than merthyr -although better connected. chris227

3:22pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Mr Angry says...

I'm from Newport, from a Council Estate, I see no reason to be ashamed or embarrassed.

I dont pretend to be something I'm not. Unlike you.

For the record the boundary changes are just David Cameron gerrymandering trying to fix the next General Election
I'm from Newport, from a Council Estate, I see no reason to be ashamed or embarrassed. I dont pretend to be something I'm not. Unlike you. For the record the boundary changes are just David Cameron gerrymandering trying to fix the next General Election Mr Angry

10:45pm Fri 2 Nov 12

rhyjo91 says...

I completely agree with you. all this pessimism has got to stop. it's just gone beyond a joke. I love Newport, there is far more backbone to Newport meaning way more history than Cardiff has and I would never like to see it destroyed, forgotten or claimed be the likes of Cardiff, EVER. Us Newport people need to start being more optomistic about our city and not give in to any pessimism if we want good things to happen, and standing up and making that happen is the only real way forward, not listening to another city tell us that it's hopeless, thats just being weak and from what I know us Newport people are far from weak. :)
I completely agree with you. all this pessimism has got to stop. it's just gone beyond a joke. I love Newport, there is far more backbone to Newport meaning way more history than Cardiff has and I would never like to see it destroyed, forgotten or claimed be the likes of Cardiff, EVER. Us Newport people need to start being more optomistic about our city and not give in to any pessimism if we want good things to happen, and standing up and making that happen is the only real way forward, not listening to another city tell us that it's hopeless, thats just being weak and from what I know us Newport people are far from weak. :) rhyjo91

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