Right wingers

12:52pm Friday 24th October 2014

I DON’T understand why a party like UKIP is so appealing to South Wales when the party is made up of Maggie Thatcher fans, former Tory voters and members.

Lost opportunity

12:51pm Friday 24th October 2014

I RECENTLY had the pleasure of attending Taunton’s auction of 22 fibreglass dragons. It got me thinking – whatever happened to Newport’s very own 60 Superdragons (one of which I had the honour of decorating)?

Bike blockade

12:50pm Friday 24th October 2014

MY DAUGHTER- IN-LAW recently travelled from Portsmouth to visit her mother who is in a nursing home and also my husband, who is in St Woolos Hospital. She found she was getting low on petrol so she went to the Aust Service station to fill up. To her horror she found she was penned in by motor cyclists who wouldn’t let her through. She is not a person who panics, but admitted she was frightened.

Allowance cuts

12:49pm Friday 24th October 2014

LEADER of Caerphilly Nationalist councillors, Cllr Colin Mann, has welcomed the Caerphilly Council Labour cabinet’s decision to cut their own allowances by five per cent, noting the initiative comes at a time when the people of the county borough are facing cuts in services (Argus letters, October 22).


12:22pm Friday 24th October 2014

RE: PREPARATION, anticipation, frustration. With another round of eagerly anticipated autumn rugby internationals set to run through November, aside from a collective fingers crossed across much of Gwent, rugby fans and rail users will be preparing themselves for the ordeal of trying to get into Cardiff on overcrowded or full trains.

Letter is so right

1:03pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

HOW I agree with Brendan O’Brien (South Wales Argus, October 21), you are absolutely right in your letter. This is a council that in the past has threatened to prosecute cafe owners and newsagents who put out chairs etc on the pavement, citing the very reasons you say in your letter. The only thing you got wrong is that its the police who should be blamed for not taking action, namely the police, the same police who allow a mass protest on the M4 (how can they find so many police on a Sunday?).

Gimme shelter

1:03pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

WAITING for a coach at Newport railway station, I couldn’t fail to notice how little cover there is there. The weather was atrocious, with rain and very strong winds, and as there was only one small bus shelter, most people had to huddle under nearby trees to get some protection.

Losing faith

1:02pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

I WOULD like to thank the anonymous reader who took the time and money to post me a ‘British Together’ booklet (which at a cost of 70p was an added expense). This has only reinforced my belief in nationalism. After all, the Orange Order celebrates William of Orange, a Dutch Protestant king – how British is he?

Heartless policy

12:21pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

“HEARTLESS” is a fairly emotive word. I wonder if Torfaen Council has ever heard of it? Well, of course, it must have as its policy on cemetery memorabilia appears to be entirely based on it.

Future's sold off

12:20pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE record of Westminster Governments since 1979 for selling off of state assets on the cheap is well documented. Last year Royal Mail was privatised on the cheap and the public left short-changed. Now the 40 per cent share in Eurostar is to be sold off by a Westminster government ideologically opposed to state ownership.

Abortion laws

11:19am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

AT THE October TUC Congress, the Society of Radiographers (SOR) agreed to remit its motion on gender termination. This means, according to the SOR’s October magazine that it has been submitted to the General Council without having to be debated by the Conference.

Total madness

11:18am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TORFAEN Council’s adherence to the failed doctrine of capitalist neo-liberalism and its ideologically driven austerity programme reveals either their total economic ignorance or contempt for the good people of the borough.

Welcome cuts

11:17am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

I WOULD like to comment on the decision of the Labour Cabinet at Caerphilly County Borough Council to reduce their allowances. I welcome the decision, but it is long overdue. Plaid Cymru has been urging Labour rulers to follow their colleagues on Rhondda Cynon Taf and Cardiff councils, but until last week they had ignored our appeals.

Bus stop woes

11:16am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

FOR THE first time ever, on a dark autumn evening, I used the bus stop beneath the car park opposite the railway station.

Residents unite

11:15am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A COMMENT on local authority mergers. The critical minimum population mass for a successful, modern, UK city is about 250,000. The general topography and geology within Newport’s current boundaries seriously restricts any large-scale developments in terms of high-rise buildings such as office blocks and road/rail infrastructure. However, Torfaen’s topography has potential for larger commercial infrastructures. If Torfaen were to merge with Newport, south Monmouthshire and Iswlyn, the combined population could be about 350,000 by 2020. The Newport, Gwent area will remain the poor relations of a Cardiff City region unless they unite. The mayor of Bristol has suggested a merger between Cardiff and Bristol - these two cities would dominate the Severn Estuary (with Newport and Gwent as ‘piggies in the middle’). However, with a population of about 350,000, the Newport/Torfaen/Islwyn/South Monmouthshire area would have the potential to develop successfully and independently.

Bridge blocked

12:53pm Monday 20th October 2014

I SEE that our wonderful police went out of their way to help protesters bring the second Severn crossing to a standstill (Argus, October 13). A police spokesman is quoted as saying it was an appropriate place for protesters to gather while ensuring minimum disruption to motorists.

Thanks for help

12:53pm Monday 20th October 2014

THE MAESGLAS Amazon Girls Football Team would like to thank everyone who supported our bag-packing in Tesco, Cardiff Road on Saturday, October 4.th We raised more thanover £235 and it was due to the hard work of the youngsters as well as goodwill from shoppers that we were able to raise such a sum.

Picture perfect

12:52pm Monday 20th October 2014

I ATTENDED the launch of the Newport Monopoly Board at the Celtic Manor as my photograph of the Kingsway Centre is on the board. It was an exciting morning to see my photograph on the specially constructed large board.

No more wars

12:51pm Monday 20th October 2014

ARMCHAIR warrior Nick Webb should be honest. He should know from recent history that the only success from another war will be the military industrial complex.

Time to go

12:50pm Monday 20th October 2014

TORY MP and the bedroom tax architect, Lord Freud was clinging to his job as Welfare Reform Minister on Wednesday night after he suggested that some disabled workers are “not worth” the national minimum wage and should be paid just £2 an hour. Does he also think that Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson should get less allowance from the House of Lords as she is wheelchair-bound? If he switches to UKIP, I say, let him go.


12:49pm Monday 20th October 2014

NATIONALIST Mr Andrew Nutt says: “Thanks to a useless Labour Party in Wales, the people of our country have lost their aspirations to succeed.” Could Mr Nutt tell us if he thinks there’s any problem at all confronting Wales that isn’t the fault of Welsh Labour? (Wet weather, perhaps?) And could he also tell us if his fellow Welsh Nationalists also have such a low opinion of people in Wales?

Positive move

12:49pm Monday 20th October 2014

MANY Thanks to Wayne David MP, who along with 274 other Members of Parliament from all parties won an important victory for the beleaguered Palestinian people. The vote to recognise Palestine as a state is not binding on the UK Government, but it is a huge step forward to that long-fought campaign to win justice for a population suffering under an illegal occupation for over 50 years.

Learn to drive

11:16am Friday 17th October 2014

I SEE the silly season, as far as car drivers go, has started (Argus, 14/10/14) in that there were eight drivers in two separate accidents on the M4. Today, drivers cannot drive properly - eight drivers are testament to this. It is not rocket science to slow down in rain. and keep your distance.

Cemetery plot

11:15am Friday 17th October 2014

IN RESPONSE to a poem by Patrick Madden regarding the cemetery at St Peter’s, Blaenavon. I have asked many times why the graves of the town’s forefathers couldn’t be restored?

Rugby woes

11:15am Friday 17th October 2014

THIS month, I HAVE been supporting Newport rugby for 82 years. I don’t remember the early years as I was in the equivalent of today’s pushchair.My father, Bill Hoare, who was a member of Lysaght’s Band actually played in the band on Rodney Parade every first team home match from October 1926 until the war stopped regular matches.

Hospital angels

11:14am Friday 17th October 2014

AT A TIME when the media seem to claim that all sorts of misconduct has been committed on elderly patients, here is another view. On August 22nd, my wife was admitted to Sycamore Ward in St Woolos. She was blind, had secondary cancer from an eye removal and suffered with Alzheimer’s disease.

Traffic solution

11:13am Friday 17th October 2014

THOSE people who so glibly insist that a by-pass is the only solution to the (much exaggerated) problem of congestion on Hardwick Hill should understand that it is not acceptable to try to solve a perceived problem in one location by moving it elsewhere. The only conceivable route for a by-pass would put a great deal of fast moving, heavy traffic through the middle of the Thornwell estate and create a danger for Thornwell residents, including children who need to cross the existing road to get to school.

GI Jones appeal

3:25pm Thursday 16th October 2014

DOES anyone have any information or a picture of the GI Jones? She was a wooden barque made in Newport, circa 1868, by brothers by the name of Jones. On her last trip in 1883, she sailed from America with a cargo of phosphorus and was headed for Falmouth in Cornwall. Early in September, as the ship entered the channel, there was a great storm and the ship was wrecked at Men Dhu Cove at Perranuthnoe.

Mindless attack

3:24pm Thursday 16th October 2014

I THOROUGHLY agree with Jennie Griffiths’ verdict of the laser pen attack on a resource rescue driver as being thoughtless and dangerous. I would add to this such adjectives as moronic, cretinous, mindless, brainless, feckless, clueless, thuggish, oafish, idiotic, inane and asinine.

Stick together

3:23pm Thursday 16th October 2014

IN reply to Andrew Nutt (Argus, Thursday, Oct 9), the founder and leader of Plaid Cymru, Sanders Lewis, might well have been in the trenches of World War One as were many others, including Winston Churchill, the man who did so much in keeping us free from a Nazi invasion from 1939 to 1945. I would rather believe the reason Sanders Lewis didn’t want a war with Nazi Germany was because he didn’t want to help, in his eyes, the old enemy.

Old chums

3:22pm Thursday 16th October 2014

IT’S difficult to find evidence of a time – anywhere in the world – where the views of an organisation representing 7,000 experts were pitted against the second-hand opinions of some people who used to live with a country’s leader. Yet that’s exactly what recently happened in Wales.

Selling the silver

3:22pm Thursday 16th October 2014

THE record of Westminster governments since 1979 for selling off of state assets on the cheap is well documented. Royal Mail was privatised on the cheap and the public left short-changed.

Aiding the rich

1:00pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

HAVING dismally failed to keep his promise to eliminate the deficit and reduce government borrowing by May next year, Mr Osborne is now making an uncosted promise to cut the taxes of top earners, which will cost over £7 billion a year. Under the coalition government, borrowing has dramatically increased from £998 billion in 2010 to an eye watering £1,430 billion. As for the deficit, that’s been falling at a slower rate than under Labour, with Osborne managing to pay off 25 per cent. So much for plan A.

Aiding the rich

12:56pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

HAVING dismally failed to keep his promise to eliminate the deficit and reduce government borrowing by May next year, Mr Osborne is now making an uncosted promise to cut the taxes of top earners, which will cost over £7 billion a year. Under the coalition government, borrowing has dramatically increased from £998 billion in 2010 to an eye watering £1,430 billion. As for the deficit, that’s been falling at a slower rate than under Labour, with Osborne managing to pay off 25 per cent. So much for plan A.

Rugby disaster

12:55pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

WHERE have all the good times gone? Wales is at its all time low in the world of rugby. Maybe there are a number of fans in Wales who will disagree, but the end of the battle with the WRU is over and now the end result is being lived and, because of the strength in the club teams and the opposition now far greater than the Welsh teams can support, Wales is the smallest of the nations with only few more than three million people.

Sharing the risk

12:54pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

MIKE PEART, I have no problem with people setting up their own business, just with them exploiting people through wage labour. Workers provide labour power which includes expertise in their specific fields i.e. engineering, gardening, etc and also finance.

A wider pay gap

12:51pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

A wider pay gap THE INSTITUTE for Fiscal Studies has been looking at the difference in wages between public and private sector workers. The pay premium enjoyed by public sector workers has narrowed as a result of the Government’s austerity squeeze, but their wages are still ahead of those in the private sector, according to two new reports by a think-tank.

A united county

12:36pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

IN JEN Mills article: ‘AM calls for a region revamp’ (October 11), Mr Alun Davies AM calls for Blaenau-Gwent and Torfaen to become part of a “new Monmouthshire”. The name of Monmouthshire was enforced by an English king and his lords on the people of the former ancient kingdom of Gwent. Back in medieval times, any Welsh man or boy seen within 100 yards of the town of Monmouth would have been hanged without trial.

Too much delay

12:35pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

LINDSAY Whittle, Assembly Member for South Wales East, seems to be unaware of the concerns already voiced by residents living near the Southern Distributor Road at the prospect of this being selected for development as Newport’s new M4.

Useless labour

12:34pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

THANKS to a useless Labour Party in Wales, the people of our country have lost their aspirations to succeed.

We must fight IS

12:16pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

PAUL Flynn is mistaken in his opposition to military intervention against IS, formerly Isis. Firstly, there is a strong humanitarian case for intervention. There is nothing ethical about western nations sitting on their hands when they have the ability to save the life of people who have nowhere left to turn when threatened by barbarity.

Don't hurt levels

12:15pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

FOLLOWING remarks by Edwina Hart about the Gwent levels and a proposed bypass for the M4, why was a large sum of money expended on the Southern Distributor Road?

Give us a replica

12:14pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

I WAS pleased to see the march by the Chartist Mural campaigners. I still do not understand why the mural was destroyed, and the timing of its destruction.

Assembly woes

South Wales Argus: SENEDD: We don’t need to fill the place up with more Assembly members, do we?

5:35pm Friday 10th October 2014

 I AM fed up with reading “abolish the Welsh Assembly” letters.

Underrated city


5:34pm Friday 10th October 2014

AFTER many months indoors, I had a look round town today as far as the Transporter Bridge.

Bus safety

South Wales Argus:

5:33pm Friday 10th October 2014

FOR the health, safety and comfort of passengers and drivers, Newport Bus sensibly prohibits smoking, eating, drinking, excessive noise and talking to the driver when the bus is in motion.

Dangerous view

South Wales Argus:

3:12pm Thursday 9th October 2014

IN reply to Eddie Legge from Abertillery. Saunder Lewis was a captain in the British Army during the First World War. He experienced the horrors of the trenches at first hand and did not want any more young men suffering the same way.

Indoor rowing ignored

South Wales Argus:

3:09pm Thursday 9th October 2014

THE British Indoor Rowing Championship is the world’s biggest indoor rowing race and the largest indoor sporting event in the UK.

Anarchist has head in the sand

South Wales Argus:

3:07pm Thursday 9th October 2014

MAY I make a response to Mr Banfield’s letter in the Argus on Tuesday, October 7?

Thanks for rally

South Wales Argus: Tredegar House Classic Car Rally - Classic Cars do a parade circuit. (10577615)

3:04pm Thursday 9th October 2014

I REFER to the classic-car rally, raising money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, at Tredegar Park.

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