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Plaid MP compares Putin’s claim on Ukraine to England’s treatment of Wales
at 22:21 2 Mar 2022

'Ukraine is not a real country he says. It does not have a right to exist....we in Wales are familiar with these arguments’

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ukraine-putin-wales-hywel-william
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We are now in 20th place, 4 points above the relegation zone*
at 21:53 1 Feb 2022

*before the massive point deductions to Derby and Reading are applied.

If this is a 'transition', can somebody please, genuinely, explain to me the positive aspects of this transition we have seen as the final third of the season rapidly approaches?

I am baffled that so many continue to not only defend what is happening.
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4 Losses in a Row. Level on Points with 20th Place*
at 21:39 8 Jan 2022

Yet some continue to think that this is acceptable.

He has taken us from Play Off Finalists to relegation candidates.

He has lowered expectations so significantly that there are those who think "we are where we should be".

This squad should not be level on points with 20th place*.

*if not for Reading & Derby's points deductions.
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Only four teams in this league have earned less points than us this season.
at 02:46 2 Jan 2022

In what is usually now the midway point of the season, Russell Martin has taken us from automatic promotion contenders to a club grateful that multiple point deductions across the league have thus far kept us treading water above an active relegation fight.

We are earning fewer points.
We are scoring less goals.
We are creating fewer chances.
We are conducting fewer attacks.

If the second half of the season yields little positive change, do you believe Russell Martin deserves another season in charge?

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The few hundred Cardiff supporters at Bournemouth this evening...
at 21:23 30 Dec 2021

... are making a tremendous amount of noise.
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Is this really "exciting football"?
at 17:32 4 Dec 2021

Once again, our possession of the ball was more than double that of our opponents.

Yet, once again, we only just managed to convert our colossal domination of the ball into more attacks than our opponents

From 67% possession, we yielded just 113 attacks. Yet, from just 33% possession, Middlesbrough yielded 104 attacks.

We had 103% more possession of the ball, yet attempted only 9% more attacks throughout the game. That's scandalous and certainly isn't "exciting football" in my opinion.

It is little wonder we have so many clean sheets despite having such a nonsensical defensive approach. Imagine how many more attacks teams would achieve against us if we weren't aimlessly keeping possession amongst our 5 centre backs for a significant portion of the match.

This isn't exciting football. Too many Swansea City supporters equate possession with "exciting football". I'm hesitant to use the word brainwashed, but some supporters have certainly been conditioned to think this way.
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Two wins in eleven league matches, failing to score in over one third of those.
at 18:04 2 Oct 2021

Make no mistake about it, we are in a relegation battle as it stands.

Two wins in eleven, of which those two wins came in the two matches where we most deviated from the manager's one and only style of play / game plan, which he acknowledged.

We have failed to score in over one third of those games.

We only created more chances than our opponent's in two of those eleven matches (Huddersfield & Hull).

We have a manager consistently selecting players in unfamiliar positions which, as far as I can see, offers no positives. It only harms us (Cabango at wide centre back, Naughton the centre of a three, Cullen as an attacking midfielder, Bidwell as a left winger etc).

It is very worrying.
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The Labour Party's Annual Conference 2021 Highlights
at 16:18 28 Sep 2021

"There are too many white men putting their hand up"



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Andy McDonald, the shadow employment rights secretary and last hard-left member of Starmer’s shadow cabinet, resigned over differences with the Labour leader over the minimum wage. He had been pushing for the party to adopt a £15 an hour minimum wage but Starmer’s team insisted on keeping the existing policy of backing £10 an hour.

https://www.ft.com/content/2dc75478-72db-4a53-b831-cc04b0462484 https://www.ft.com/content/2dc75478-72db-4a53-b831-cc04b0462484

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A debate on Israeli "crimes" and "apartheid" against Palestinians, which called for sanctions against Israel and passed overwhelmingly, had its live broadcast feed cut just before it begun.

https://skwawkbox.org/2021/09/27/labour-cuts-off-conference-feed-during-palestin

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John Bercow has appealed for his new party's forgiveness as he addressed his "comrades" at Labour party conference.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-58713152

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Kindler, gentler politics. (suspended) Labour MP Claudia Webbe's Trial Begins
at 16:50 27 Sep 2021

"An MP threatened to send naked pictures of a woman to her family because she was jealous of her friendship with her partner, a court has heard.

Claudia Webbe, 56, also allegedly used a misogynistic insult against Michelle Merritt and threatened her with acid."

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-58706093



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Bradford child sex abuse: Children 'remain unprotected'
at 19:26 27 Jul 2021

"Some children in Bradford "remain unprotected" from sex exploitation, a new report looking into abuse over two decades has said.

The report also detailed abuse set out by another victim, known as Anna, whose social worker recommended she be placed in the foster care of the parents of the man who was abusing her.

While living there, she became pregnant at the age of 15 and went on to marry him in an Islamic wedding (attended by her social worker), which she says was allowed by the authorities.

In 2019, nine men were found guilty of offences including rape and inciting child prostitution after a trial lasting more than six weeks"



https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-57982761
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US Olympic Athlete and prominent BLM activist found to be a massive racist
at 19:58 3 Jul 2021

REVEALED: Flag-snubbing 'activist athlete' Gwen Berry's history of racially-charged rape jokes and tweets mocking white, Mexican and Asian people.

The athlete - who has insisted that the National Anthem is racist - posted tweets mocking Chinese, Mexican and white people.







Another example of someone pretending to be against racism. I wonder what her motive was? What does a Nike sponsorship pay these days?

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9751521/Olympian-Gwen-Berrys-tweets-dec
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The next decade for Welsh football looks extremely bleak.
at 18:59 26 Jun 2021

Numerous senior players have declined considerably and will be soon retired or are already gone.

Those coming through to replace them are much less talented.

Wales will likely have a small group of players who make the bench or start for mid table and bottom-half Premier League teams (Ward, James and Roberts), however the vast majority will do well to spend their careers playing in England's second tier, with brief spells in the Premier League upon promotion etc.

It is a shame so little was achieved by this generation of supremely talented Welsh footballers. Not even a single World Cup finals appearance.
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A small look into expenses claimed by Plaid Cymru Senedd Members...
at 16:26 6 Jun 2021

First, let's remember Plaid Cymru's party motto...

"Plaid Cymru is working towards creating an equal nation and a nation of equals. Are you with us?"

Rhun ap Iorwerth
£744 on ergonomic office chairs, £299,99 on a cordless Dyson vacuum, £78 on coloured pencils amongst other things (including a second home). Total claimed - £175,071.

Dafydd Elis-Thomas
£535.50 and £382.50 on "family travel", £108.98 for a Sat-Nav, £619 for an iPad Pro, £50 for an iPad Pro case, £35 for a dictionary, £4 for a dustpan and brush, further claims for batteries, £885 for a laptop amongst other things (including a second home). Total claimed - £151,775

Sian Gwenllian
£540 to translate a report, £604 for chairs, a second home within walking distance of the Senedd, TWO separate offices in her constituency. Total claimed - £138,726

Llyr Gruffydd
£542 on a gazebo, return flights to Geneva for a University trip, newspapers, media subscriptions, £399 on a paper folding machine, newspaper adverts, and tickets to agricultural shows. Total claimed - £138,726.

Elin Jones
£3,112 on sending a report via Royal Mail, plus £1,722 to print that report. Has she not heard of e-mail? Two wall clocks and a coat stand for £56.35, £692 for office furniture, posting a different report at the cost of £2,833, £345 for somebody to set up her computer and other home working equipment.

There's countless more examples of truly incredible waste and extravagance from Plaid Cymru Senedd Members.

However, my favourite is how Adam Price spent £3,097 (THREE THOUSAND AND NINETY SEVEN POUNDS) one a one-way flight from Palm Springs, California, to London. He said he did this because he, as a Senedd Member, had the power to "shame" Boris Johnson. Yes you read that correctly. He spent £3,097 on a one way flight from California to return to London and "shame" Boris Johnson.

I would like to credit Swansea East's Mike Hedges who looks to be one of few who didn't take advantage of Welsh tax payers. Mike Hedges spent just £29 on a vacuum cleaner for example, not £299 on a Dyson like a Plaid Cymru Senedd Member did.

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/senedd-expenses-politics-mss-20469363
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Mogadishu or Brixton?
at 23:34 3 Jun 2021



#BlackLivesMatter
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Zero Covid deaths for England, Scotland and NI. Four in Wales.
at 21:35 10 May 2021

Zero coronavirus deaths have been announced in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Monday.

Wales recorded four deaths.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-57055340
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Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In | Official Trailer
at 15:35 5 May 2021



It looks like a very well made film for all football fans to enjoy.
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On this day in 1979...
at 14:05 4 May 2021

On this day in 1979, Margaret Thatcher led the Conservative Party to victory, defeating the Labour Party to become Prime Minister. She would serve the nation for 11 years.

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Robert Page to take charge of Wales at Euro 2020
at 18:31 23 Apr 2021

Embarrassing.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56865553

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Why do fans of Wales' national team have so little pride for their country?
at 17:53 18 Apr 2021

I discovered earlier today that over 50% of Wales' players who featured in their most recent match against Czech Republic were not born in Wales.

Seven of the thirteen (54.8%) players were born in England. Not only that - these English footballers are limited in their talent and ability. England could put perhaps 20+ matchday squads together before some of these players would finally be considered for selection.

I read and hear a lot of non-Welsh football fans ridicule Wales as "England B", however quite frankly it is more like "England T" or "England U".

How many other international teams are this desperate? Perhaps Jamaica? Even the Scot's aren't this desperate (although their best player is English as well).

As someone who follows and supports both England and Wales, it doesn't really bother me. However I'd be interested to hear the opinions of those who regularly express a strong dislike of England. How can you justify your dislike of England when your national team (and club side) is dominated by English footballers?
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Prophet Muhammad cartoon sparks school protest - teacher suspended
at 17:06 25 Mar 2021

A teacher has been suspended after allegedly showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad during a religious education lesson exploring blasphemy.

Dozens of furious Muslim parents protested outside the historic Batley Grammar School in West Yorkshire today, which had to delay its opening and told pupils to stay at home amid chaotic scenes at the gates. The protesters had been demanding the resignation of the teacher. Muslims make up 41 per cent of the population in Batley, a historic market and mill town in the Kirkless region

Headteacher Gary Kibble 'sincerely apologised for the great offence to the community'. Today's protest comes five months after history teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded on the street near his school in a Paris suburb by an Islamic extremist last October after showing Prophet Muhammad cartoons to his students.

Reacting to the images being shown, Mohammad Salad Hussain, founder of the Batley-based Muslim charity Purpose of Life, said: "'We feel like he's (the teacher) hiding away and that's not good enough, he needs to show his face. A lot of us have questions for him about how this ever happened in the first place, something clearly went very wrong."

"Officers were guarding all school entrances".

How very sad - let's hope our fantastic intelligence agencies are able to prevent any abhorrent retaliations like we saw in France against Samuel Paty.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-56524850



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