Sack NHS managers not the workers
SIR - Having worked for the NHS for 40 years, I greet with dismay management's typical reaction to overspending - cut front-line patient services.
In recent years the increase in management jobs has been at an unprecedented level, and yet there are never cuts in management posts to reduce expenditure.
Then again, bosses don't sack bosses, they sack the workers.
Cattwg Close, Llantwit Major
Choosin' is easy
SIR - When you walk along the banks of the River Towy at five o'clock on a perfect June morning, the sun peeping over the Black Mountain, a gentle mist in the valley, just you and the birds and the bees - oh, and the fish are jumpin' - there is only one summer soundtrack (August 1), namely Ella Fitzgerald singing Gershwin's Summertime (and the livin' is easy).
Unlike your choice of Summertime, mine boasts one of the great lines: "Oh, your daddy's rich and your ma is good lookin' ....." (and of course you get to decide in what your daddy's rich!).
Mind you, these days it could be that it's your ma whose rich and your daddy's good lookin'.
SIR - I write in response to the letter of Earnest W Hughes (Western Mail, July 26).
I believe that Cardiganshire was named after Lord Cardigan.
He was the leader of a tribe of 6th Century warriors known as the Cardis.
They were famous for a particular style of woolly jumper with buttons up the front.
They wore them on all occasions except when visiting the bank manager to ask for a loan to finance raids to steal sheep to enable their hardworking wives to knit more cardigans for the baby Cardis still in their cradles, enabling them to carry on the tribe's traditions.
The Cardis called themselves Y Ceredigion, the generous ones in English.
Ironic that the Cardi should today be known throughout the world as the epitome of meanness.
The name was changed to Ceredigion in fairly recent years in honour of a famous soap opera actor, Huw Ceredig.
Sydney Street, Brynhyfryd, Swansea
Blame it on Bede
SIR - The confusion regarding the change of name from Cardiganshire to Ceredigion is par for the course of Cambrian history.
Your correspondent Mr Hughes has Cunedda as a non-hero. Cunedda, his eight sons and his grandson, came to Cambria (Wales) to clear out the Scotti invaders (Irish) in order for the legitimate High King 'Constantine the Blessed' to return from exile.
On completion of that task, using Ketgueli/Cetueli/Kidwelly as his base for West Cambria, his sons were given individual territories with Dunawd (Dunod) getting the major portion of Demetea (now Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire), and Ceredic getting the remainder that then became Ceredigion (the territory of Ceredic).
Introducing Hengist and Kent points to where the confusion began. The monk Bede misnamed Keynt/Ceint as Kent even though such a name did not exist at the date of the battle in which Catygern (battle leader) was killed in AD 450 (traditionally AD 456).
Other writers then confused Catygern with Ceredic and with Cyndeyrn (Keynt y gern in Goedel, ie. leader of Ceint). Cyndeyrn from Ceint (named as St Kentigern from Scotland, by Jocelyne in 12th-13th Century) came to Caerleon in AD 522 (traditionally 542). Ceredic came to Demetea cAD 410.
'Keynt', in the Goedel Celtic language (Gaelic), and 'Ceint' in the Brython (Welsh) Celtic language, extended eastward from the River Wye.
Bede similarly moved Shropshire and Cheshire (Bryneich and Deifr, in Latin Bernicia and Deira) to Northumbria, which Saxon territory did not exist at the time of the actions in those territories.
Ferrar Street, Carmarthen
SIR - Recent elections have shown that Plaid Cymru is in terminal decline.
Plaid Cymru, the self- proclaimed Party of Wales, has little or no relevance for an overwhelming majority of Welsh people, mainly due to its dogmatic belief in independence.
Plaid's problems don't end there. How can any political party be taken seriously when it has three leaders that don't even agree?
Plaid is rather like a car with three steering wheels, one for each leader, with each leader heading off in different directions at different speeds. Such a car would never feature on Top Gear. However, it would go down a treat with clowns in a circus.
I note that former president Dafydd Wigley is set to make a comeback; could he become leader number four?
Or the ringmaster in Plaid's political circus.
Montclaire Avenue, Blackwood
Root of the trouble
SIR - I read your article (July 28) "Brazilian victim's family accuse police of changing policy after learning from 'training' death", with its prominent quotation, "They killed one person to learn that lesson. I hope they never kill again."
I'm sure most sensible people in Britain would agree with the family on that one.
This whole wretched business came about because our PM rushed over to Washington DC after 9/11 and was completely taken over mentally by the American President.
From then on he was no further use to this country.
Events our country got involved in were being decided by politicians several thousand miles away across the Atlantic.
Our two governments have rendered Iraq practically ungovernable and verging on civil war.
Unfortunately our Prime Minister and his Government are in a state of complete denial where that country is concerned, and don't even like to mention it, let alone identify it as a possible cause of the present spate of bombings.
We are now all feeling the backlash from the ill- considered decisions taken a few years back by Bush and Blair, who now expect the intelligence people, the police and the emergency services to deal with the inevitable fall out.
Charles Clarke has admitted ID cards would have been useless.
Lord King, the former Conservative minister, is against control orders and house arrest because he said internment in Ulster only exacerbated an already difficult situation, and Cherie Blair warned in her recent lecture in Kuala Lumpur that an excessive response to the terrorist threat could undermine our most deeply- held values.
It's no good Tony Blair burying his head in the sand any longer.
It's unreasonable of him and his Government to expect us, especially people living and working in cities, to live in daily fear of being blown up, maimed or traumatised, because he refuses to identify the root cause of the present trouble and deal with it politically and sensibly.
Llanfrothen, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd
Gone to the horses
SIR - Last Saturday, I switched on my television to S4C hoping to see my young relatives taking part in band competitions at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
To my amazement, all I could get was horse racing nearly all day from a country outside Wales.
I telephoned a friend of mine, whom I knew would have wished to see the National Eisteddfod of Wales on television, just to check if there was anything wrong with my television, but she said that she was also disappointed in not being able to see it.
I then telephoned S4C to inquire if there was coverage of the National Eisteddfod of Wales on S4C, to which the polite lady replied "Yes sir, it is live all day on S4C".
I then asked why have I got horse racing on all day on S4C and not even broadcast from Wales. She then asked if I had an analogue TV.
Now how many of you (especially from 60 years of age up) know what an analogue TV is?
She then went on to explain to me that if I did not have either a digital box, or Sky television, I could not see the Royal Eisteddfod of Wales live.
Apparently this situation has been going on for some years and this is the reason why other Welsh popular programmes, such as the Royal Welsh Show, the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, the Welsh Urdd National Eisteddfod, to name just a few, are not shown on S4C live unless you have this equipment, which is very expensive to install.
Some years ago, the great Gwynfor Evans fought and won one of his greatest achievements to get S4C, the channel of Wales in Welsh.
Gwynfor, together with some of my living friends and myself, were among the hundreds of protesters who walked the streets of Cardiff and London to help Gwynfor achieve this great victory.
I do not think that Gwynfor would rather be watching horse racing (with all due respect to those who wish to watch horse racing which was also on another channel at the time) than be watching one of Wales' greatest events of the year.
I ask you, is this what Gwynfor fought for?
Glynteg, Tycroes, Ammanford, Carms