Scenes right now on the steps of @SeneddWales ๐Ÿ‘‡
Hordes of people drinking drinking with chants โ€˜open the pubsโ€™ Iโ€™m told.
Griff from Cardiff who is attending the event explained it by saying: โ€œDrakeford shuts the pubs...we get pissed at his houseโ€
The event is still going on despite police turning up. Iโ€™m told at least one chant of โ€œwe pay for your hatsโ€ broke out when the police arrived.
UPDATE: I understand Police have issued a Section 35 order on Cardiff Bay to prevent further Covid-rule breaking on the steps of the Senedd.

The order gives police the authority to exclude people from an area for a period of up to 48 hours.
UPDATE II: The entire area has now been fenced off. ๐Ÿ‘‡

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BREAK: New guidance published today by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will see the Union flag flown on UK Government buildings every day.
Easily the most handsome flag in the world.

Up there with Japan and maybe Switzerland. Much nicer than the US flag which let's face it is a vexillological mess.
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Does anyone seriously think itโ€™ll be higher than 0.1%?
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Shall we put that to the test with a topical example?
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Looking forward to seeing this soar ๐Ÿค“ Image
Oh. Image
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So keen to flex their newfound power, they strive for difference for the sake of it.
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