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Anglesey Show – Youth Matters; School Shake-up Mess & Suspension of Parliament

Anglesey Show – Youth Matters;  School Shake-up Mess & Suspension of Parliament

Showtime – our future generations

It is always a pleasure to meet so many groups, individuals and agencies at the Anglesey County Show. The big treat for me this year was to meet so many young people. At the Labour marquee, young volunteers engaged with the public on the big issues - Health, Environment, Education, Housing, Jobs, Brexit, Votes at 16 and Independence for Wales.

Showtime – our future generations

It is always a pleasure to meet so many groups, individuals and agencies at the Anglesey County Show. The big treat for me this year was to meet so many young people. At the Labour marquee, young volunteers engaged with the public on the big issues - Health, Environment, Education, Housing, Jobs, Brexit, Votes at 16 and Independence for Wales. Nearly 500 votes were placed in their survey - the big priorities were Health, Education and the Environment/Climate Change. In a period of polarised views and post-truth, our young people lift the spirits and care about other people and the wellbeing of our communities.

School Organisation Mess

The Anglesey County Council has messed up the school modernisation programme. It has fallen foul of Welsh Government Guidelines. Local people warned the authority of issues, but the Council carried on with it’s ad-hoc preferred options, ignoring local communities.

The Council need a coherent plan that takes local people with them. Now communities will be asked again on closures and new schools. This has caused anxiety to parents across the Island and no doubt the incompetence of the authority will cost the taxpayer money.

Education is vital for our future. We need to get it right. Anglesey has a proud pioneering record of comprehensive education, which acknowledged the importance of our major towns and villages as vital educational social hubs. I have said that Amlwch and Beaumaris deserve major assets and new schools offer this. Our smaller schools need their voice heard too. I have raised these matters with the Leader, Chief Executive Officer (new and old) and urged them to rethink the Council’s strategy and to reverse it’s political decisions and allow an open consultation and listen to the people. Education is too important for inward looking decisions and needs a 2020 vision.

Suspension of Parliament

At the time of writing the Prime Minister wants to suspend our Sovereign Parliament to avoid proper scrutiny that is the bedrock of our Parliamentary Democracy. Boris Johnson himself opposed this when fighting to be leader. His word is too often broken.

He may have got his own way as a city mayor, but he must respect our Parliamentary Democracy and it’s procedures and not trash our institutions is a coup fashion.

More on this in future updates.

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