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DEAR SIR, As the owner of Cardigan Island

Coastal Farm Park, Gwbert-on-Sea, near Cardigan, I must congratulate Visit Wales on their ‘Year of Adventure’ promotion. Children, both staying at our

campsite and visiting the Farm Park to view seals, dolphins and farm animals, have enthusiastically snapped up the dragon badges provided by Visit Wales. Our supply of a few dozen disappeared within a couple of days. Children love tin badges. I sported

a lapel-full in my primary school class photograph way back in the fifties! It is certainly an adventure for

young children to feed farm animals and to view grey seals and dolphins in the wild from behind the safety of a cliff-top fence . Well done Visit Wales! By the way, the views from

our Visitor Centre cafe include the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Poppit Sands, the Teifi Estuary, Cardigan Bay AND Cardigan Island; the lot from just one window! That must surely qualify as EPIC! Lyn Jenkins

Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park, Gwbert-on-Sea, Cardigan, Ceredigion.


was the youngest of 15 children and is the only one left alive. I am his daughter, Susan Hughes. I found my dad two years ago in Brighton after nearly a lifetime apart - 48 years. If you recognise this photo, or know anything about my dad’s family, please contact me on 07922 742909.

Susan Hughes Darlington


DEAR SIR, This is addressed to all Vice

DEAR SIR, I’m writing to enquire if your

readers know of any grandchildren of Joseph and Harriet Hughes, from a place called Sudbrook. My father, Granville John Hughes,

Chancellors. This summer, thousands of university staff across Wales will carefully consider whether to vote for strike action. All support staff, from administrators to cleaners to IT support workers, feel angry that the behaviour of their university has left them with no choice. They can’t help but contrast the terrible double standards which reward vice chancellors with telephone number salaries and cosseted lifestyles whilst their own earnings have not kept pace with living costs. An offer to increase their wages this year by a paltry 1.1 % after seven years of below inflation pay raises has left them feeling like second class employees. UNISON members are critical to keeping Welsh universities running;

they support the lecturers, maintain the buildings and look after the students. All they are asking for is fair pay for all university staff and to be paid their due.

It’s not as if you can’t afford it.

University coffers have swollen by millions. Since 2010, the amount spent on staff by UK universities has decreased by 3% but their reserves stand at £21 billion. Since 2009, we estimate that

below inflation rises have cost our members at least £1,600. Many more have lost thousands of pounds in real terms.

The average salary for a Vice

Chancellor in Wales is £228,401 and the average vice chancellor pay rise across the UK last year was a whopping 6.1%. 210 Welsh university executives are now paid over £100,000 a year. Employers are choosing to reward the highest earners rather than the majority of their staff. Against this, our request that no

employee in Higher Education should be paid less than the Foundation Living Wage of £8.25 per hour, is very modest. We are concerned too about the shameful gender pay gap in universities, prevalence of exploitative zero-hours contracts and out of control spending on agency workers. We love seeing positive news

stories about investment in new campus buildings but you are not investing in

your best asset - all of your staff. Our members give everything to help make Welsh universities the success they are. Please return to negotiations and let’s agree a reasonable pay increase for all of your employees.

Simon Dunn

UNISON Cymru/Wales lead organiser for Higher Education


DEAR SIR, In your article about Nathan Gill

on page 34 (Aug 26 edition) you wrote: “It is unclear whether he had promised that he would step down as an MEP before being elected as regional AM.” I would like to clarify that, if I

may. In the prospectus of ‘UKIP Wales Election Candidates 2016’, sent to every UKIP Member in Wales, Nathan Gill clearly states the following, as part of his personal overture to those members, on page seven, paragraph 12: “I will resign as an MEP to work in the Assembly and Wales, where we will play a crucial role in ensuring that the people of Wales vote to leave the EU in the upcoming Referendum on our EU membership.” Nathan Gill gained his Assembly

seat via the list vote from the UKIP Membership. It beggars belief that he now feels he can behave with such

self-interest; firstly, by not supporting the Assembly team (perhaps because he expected to lead it?) and secondly, by denying the UKIP Assembly team their full seven votes. Both of which surely constitute a betrayal of his party. He plans to attend (?) the

Assembly on his own terms, as an Independent, which rather begs the question: As an Independent AM, not voted in by the general electorate, who exactly is Nathan Gill being paid to represent? Despite this, Nathan Gill is still

behaving as if he is the Leader of UKIP in Wales, has the right to the loyalty of the UKIP Membership and the right to represent UKIP as an MEP. Currently, there is no UKIP Leader in Wales, as that was only an appointment made by the former Leader of UKIP UK and does not currently refer to an elected position. It is no longer the case of

‘should Nathan Gill give up one of his two jobs?’; the issue now is ‘should he be allowed to remain in the Party?’. Perhaps the question might also be asked as to why the Assembly has no legislation to prevent a list candidate from turning Independent and retaining an Assembly seat without going to the general electorate.


Llangranog beach: Beautiful photo, submitted by Jon Gau

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