Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

We have all been touched and horrified by the hundreds of images shown on broadcast and social media over the last week covering the events in Paris, as well as the frightening verbal accounts of some of the survivors.peace-for-paris-hed-2015

The terrorists who planned, and then implemented the various acts of brutal killings and bomb blasts are obviously well financed and must be part of a strategy by ISIL to deliver terror and fear into, not just French citizens, but all Europeans of whatever country or political leanings.

While retaliation is an understandable and necessary action to halt further atrocities on such a scale, I am concerned that until the young, vulnerable and disenchanted youths of so many counries are reunited with basic human values of what is good, beneficial and constructive in those countries such tragic events will continue.

If these indoctrinated, marginalised  young terrorists find that their actions do not spread chaos, panic and financial disorder as they are designed to do then their current strategy will have failed.

This is why we all as Europeans must show solidarity and support all those affected by last weekend’s horror in Paris, and work together to eliminate both the funders of these terrorists and the terrorist recruitment cells across the world.

Vive la France, Vive la Europe.

Rob Petersen.


While we shall see the sophisticated online and media campaigns mounted by all parties intensify as we approach the election in May, I am very concerned about the lack of interest shown by our younger generation in politics and the importance of exercising their right to vote. I therefore agree with Martin Shipton’s article in today’s Western Mail.

I am not an expert but it looks as if the emphasis on campaigning will be to the core older age groups who have historically been the main voters in elections. How much time and effort can the parties bring to influence a reluctant and disinterested young voter? I doubt much before May.election

Yet surely for the sake of the nation’s future, young people must be encouraged to vote and examples highlighted to demonstrate how decisions made in both Cardiff Bay, Westminster and currently Brussels can affect their futures.

As demonstrated yesterday, the vote taken by MPs to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes will have a massive effect on the health of the nation in the future. If we did not vote for our MPs, such decisions might not be taken.

Young people must be engaged more by all politicians, using all modern digital and other platforms, with relevant content to excite and motivate such an important sector of our population.

I urge all parties to produce clear, measurable strategies to ensure that our voters of tomorrow really do see the importance of exercising their vote. Many millions have died around the world for the privilege of doing so, we must never forget.

Perhaps there is some hope when we hear of young Welshman Theo Davies-Lewis, who is campaigning for a Youth Assembly in Wales. I hope that all AMs would support such an initiative – well done Theo.