A big thank you once again to the organisers and volunteers who put on the various and diverse summer shows, fetes and carnivals across the Island’s communities. The Anglesey Show was again a great success providing a social hub and showing the best of the Island. It is a place that brings together people from all walks of life to meet, compete and enjoy the great outdoors. This year the weather forecast was challenging but it did not deter a great event.
Building a consensus on low carbon generations
The changing weather patterns are real evidence of climate change and global warming. This year alone we had extreme cold, wet and hot weather. This is impacting on food production and everyday life. At the Anglesey Show I launched my booklet entitled ‘Resetting the Energy Button’. It is a call to build consensus around low carbon energy generation and to get on with low carbon projects and the pioneering role Anglesey and North Wales can play. We have the natural resources in our tides and wind, and an experienced nuclear sector. We can link energy production with skills training using our schools, colleges and University to deliver the skills to the local community to benefit from the potential of low carbon energy, thereby creating a dynamic economy as well as reducing carbon emissions and producing secure energy. Anglesey has been dubbed the Energy Island, it mirrors the British Isles and can lead Wales and Britain in this area. I have been constant on this subject – the climate is changing and we need to act now and create a centre of excellence, creating quality jobs and opportunities for the future.
Brexit - Winds of change?
I have over the last six months noticed a change in attitude and concerns over Brexit. In 2016 the Island, like Wales and the UK was split over the issue with a small percentage for leaving and triggering the necessary Article 50 to start a 2 year process of getting a good deal for our country and communities. Now the reality is more visible and many are concerned that the politics within the government is divisive and a real mess. There is a stronger call for a final Peoples’ vote and there is logic to this argument. Mrs May has failed to unite the country and her botched 2017 general election meant she had no mandate, no parliamentary majority and no clue or plan – a final vote on the deal is a way of settling the political mire we now find ourselves in.
The shows go on...
I visit many local shows but at the end of the week, I will be at my local Llaingoch Show which has been going for nearly 70 years – I do feel proud of this event and like all others it puts the area on the map – da iawn pawb.