Plaid Cymru’s manifesto promises independence referendum and ‘the most radical programme since 1945’

A referendum on Welsh independence will be held by 2026 if Plaid Cymru forms the next government in Cardiff Bay. In its manifesto for the May 6 Senedd elections, Plaid promised to implement the most radical programme since the 1945 Labour government. The manifesto promises that a Plaid first minister “will let the people of Wales, not Westminster, decide on our future” within the next five years. We’ll give every child in Wales the best start in life by… 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿Extending free school meals to all primary pupils 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿Investing in 4,500 extra teachers and support staff 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿Providing free childcare from 24 months#VoteForWales pic.twitter.com/RxzmtFF91y — Plaid Cymru 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Plaid_Cymru) April…

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Deliveroo workers strike in pay and conditions dispute

Workers at delivery firm Deliveroo went on strike on Wednesday in a dispute over pay and conditions. Socially distanced protests were held in cities including London, York, Sheffield, Reading and Wolverhampton. The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) said its members are calling for decent pay as well as improved employment rights and safety protections. The union said supportive action was expected in Australia, France, the Netherlands, Ireland and Spain. “A false choice” The action follows recent campaigns by those in the gig economy to be classed as workers and so receive better pay and conditions. Unions won legal action recently against ride hailing firm Uber. Alex…

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Video shows police at Manchester’s #KillTheBill protest slamming a woman’s head into the side of their van

Content warning – this article contains a description of police violence Shocking footage from Manchester’s Kill the Bill demonstration on 3 April shows police officers slamming a woman’s head into a police van and then folding her body in half to restrain her as she shouts for help. This violence was used as Samantha was arrested for a minor public order offence. She was later issued with a £90 fixed penalty notice. A statement seen by The Canary says that the force used to push Samantha into the side of the vehicle broke the van’s wing-mirror. Mistaken identity The incident occurred after Samantha’s partner Dave was grabbed by…

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Use of force against George Floyd was not justified, says Minneapolis police chief

The Minneapolis police chief testified that Derek Chauvin’s use of force against George Floyd was “in no way, shape or form” in line with police policy. As the trial for the police officer accused of killing Floyd continues, Medaria Arradondo is one of few police chiefs to testify against his own officer. The sixth day of the trial also heard the doctor who tried to save Floyd’s life testify that the cause of death was likely asphyxiation. Amid a low prosecution rate for police officers accused of fatalities, Chauvin’s trial could set a precedent for how such officers are treated in future. He “should have stopped” Arradondo said…

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Easter 2021 and it’s loyalists who are rising against British rule

Between 24 and 30 April 1916, Irish republicans, socialists, and nationalists staged a rebellion against British rule in Ireland. They call it the Easter Rising. It was the beginning of the end for British rule in the south of Ireland. Fast forward to Easter 2021 and it’s British loyalists and unionists who are in the midst of a rising of sorts. Because for the last few days, loyalists have been battling with police in Belfast, Derry, and other parts of the north of Ireland. And unionist leaders are taking the British government to court over the Northern Ireland Protocol. While loyalists and unionists may not be rebelling against…

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Secret Teacher | Schools urgently need funding to tackle the impact of a year of restrictions

Now that school life is getting back to some form of normality (whatever that is these days), we’re starting to see the serious effects of a year of restrictions on the children in school: emotional fragility, stability issues, and, of course, the social maladjustment as a result of the ‘bubble’ system. All of these are a potentially lethal cocktail for vulnerable children. The government has told us that it will do everything it can to get kids back on track –  mentally, physically, and academically. With large swathes of children coming back to school with seriously depleted writing/arithmetic skills, a noticeable decline in fitness, and lacking self-worth, it’s…

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Myanmar’s best-known comedian arrested as crackdown continues

Authorities in Myanmar arrested the country’s best-known comedian as they continue to crack down on people they accuse of helping incite nationwide protests against February’s military coup. Zarangar The comedian Zarganar was taken from his home in Yangon by police and soldiers who arrived in two army vehicles, fellow comedian Ngepyawkyaw said on his own Facebook page. Zarganar, 60, is a sharp-tongued satirist who has been in and out of prison since he was active in a failed 1988 popular uprising against a previous military dictatorship. He is also well known for his social work, especially arranging assistance for victims of Cyclone Nargis in 2008. In the past…

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Boris Johnson faces battle with Tory rebels and Labour over ‘vaccine passports’

Boris Johnson faces a battle over plans to introduce “vaccine passports” for people to demonstrate their Covid-19 status before going to events. A government review into “Covid status certification” found they could “potentially play a role” in settings such as theatres, nightclubs and mass events, and might also be used in pubs and restaurants to reduce social distancing restrictions. The potential use of certificates – which would include vaccination status, test results or evidence of someone having contracted and recovered from Covid-19 – is opposed by at least 40 Conservative MPs and Labour is also sceptical about the measure. The row over vaccine passports came as the government’s…

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In a weekend of action, thousands take to the streets saying ‘Kill the Bill’

Thousands took part in a weekend of action against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. The size and passion of the demos shows that people are willing to fight to stop this bill, which the Conservative government tried to sneak through under the cover of the coronavirus (Covid-19) health crisis. 50 demonstrations were called across the UK. The proposed Police Bill is arguably the biggest attack on our freedoms since the Public Order Acts of the ‘80s and ‘90s. The controversial bill passed its second reading in parliament during March. The bill will give the police unprecedented draconian powers to arrest protesters, and will criminalise trespass, effectively…

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Jeremy Corbyn just ruined Keir Starmer’s first anniversary as Labour leader

This week was Keir Starmer’s first anniversary of being Labour leader. So, enter Jeremy Corbyn to show us what a mess Starmer’s made of it. Baloo Starmer Starmer’s time as leader has been both contentious and unsurprising. From a series of rebrandings to writing in right-wing papers and ‘out-Torying the Tories‘, Starmer has been dire. Rachael Swindon noted in a recent article that: Nearly every day for a year I have asked on Twitter – “I wonder how the Labour Party will disappoint us today?” – and nearly every day the Labour Party will answer the question for me, exceeding my expectations of their awfulness, time after time.…

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