David in Llandeilo
David Foot is a keen environmentalist who lives in the rural idyll of Taliaris, near Llandeilo.
Cardiff born, he spent his career in London, working in the headquarters of the Post Office before retiring to a quieter, calmer life in West Wales.
He is a Welsh learner and an active man who loves walking. He is closely involved with the local ramblers club, Wildlife Trust, RSPB as well as the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales. It is therefore not surprising that environmental issues feature highly on his political agenda.
He is currently disappointed by the National Assembly for Wales’s decision to allow badger culling in Pembrokeshire and stands against the Welsh Assembly’s promotion of wind farms:
I’m very concerned at the proliferation of wind farms in Wales and especially here in Carmarthenshire, which are being promoted by the Assembly. I find it ironic that the push for wind energy is being made by Westminster, yet the Welsh Assembly is looking to go even further down this route. The amount of energy produced by wind farms is disproportionate to the immense damage they cause to the countryside. It makes no sense to me.
In so far as the Assembly is concerned I’m sceptical and cynical. It seems to me that, like all politicians, they need to appear to be doing something rather than actually achieving anything. I voted in favour of the creation of the Assembly – I must have had a great rush of blood to the head! – but it has given Wales a boost in terms of self-esteem, which is a good thing.
I’m all for keeping things as they are in terms of the devolution debate. I’m not in favour of giving the Assembly more powers, as I don’t feel that it has been in existence long enough yet. It hasn’t got enough experience. And I do not want to see the United Kingdom weakened by creating inconsistencies across it. After all, most of the problems facing Wales these days are to be found elsewhere in the UK.