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Teacher sets out on walk to capital in economy protest

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: October 13, 2012

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A SWANSEA teacher was due to set out on a walk to London this weekend, to draw attention to the Government's handling of the economic crisis.

Steffan ap Dafydd is one of three union representatives making the trek from Cardiff to the capital, to join a TUC organised protest, A Future that Works on October 20, expressing opposition to the coalition's programme of austerity.

Mr ap Dafydd, who represents the National Union of Teachers, recently retired from teaching at Cefn Hengoed School.

He said: "180 years ago, only one in five men, and no women, had the vote.

"The rich kept workers down and bent the law to keep trade unions out.

"The descendants of those rich boys do not care about you and me. They still cut tax for themselves and cut pay and benefits for teachers, other working people, the poor, the disabled and pensioners."

Mr ap Dafydd, who lives in Port Talbot, is being joined on the walk by Cerith Griffiths of the Fire Brigades Union, and Richard Evans, of the Public and Commercial Services Union.

The trio have spent two months training for the week- long journey, and were due to leave from the Senedd today.

They are being backed by Bethan Jenkins AM, the Plaid member for South Wales West.

She said: "I fully support these men and the cause they are walking for, and will be joining them for part of the walk. In addition, myself and Mick Antoniw AM have raised a Statement of Opinion, calling on our fellow Assembly Members to back these men."

The walkers will pass through Swindon and Reading before reaching London on October 19.

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  • maxmin  |  October 16 2012, 7:48AM

    One of my brothers went to Dynevor, my other brother went to Bishop Gore as I did and I think my sister went to Mynnyd Bach ( apologies if I got that wrong)

  • bennyhill4  |  October 15 2012, 6:14PM

    Maxmim, i am sure there are evening classes near to me, but it is not something that appeals to me. I have more important things to do with my time in the evenings, like spending time with my family and grandchildren. I am quite happy to plod along one fingered until i get the hang of it. It cant be that hard if you can manage it. By the way the school was Dynevor

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  • Neathboy234  |  October 15 2012, 3:13PM

    maxmin of course your family are all very successful, just like u were the bravest sailor there has ever been. ha ha ha ha ha. yawn

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  • maxmin  |  October 15 2012, 2:15PM

    Poor old neathboy CLM banging on about my upbringing yet fails to mention his upbringing left him unable to write English! May I suggest Matthew 7 verse 3? By the way at a recent family reunion several members had degrees ranging from BA's up to MD and there were I believe 3 millionaires present. So not a bad haul considering the 'terrible upbringing' we all had!

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  • maxmin  |  October 15 2012, 2:11PM

    Far from being scuppered Benny I just think it's a tragedy that you failed to benefit from what was I am sure was a first class education. What school was it by the way? You are absolutely right when you say that there is more to education than good grammar - however like the foundations of a house it is a very good place to start. You say you are a novice at the keyboard - so we all were once, but many of us took steps to improve our skills. I'm sure there are night classes near you that teach computer basics. In 1905 a survey was made of those children under the age of 16 who left school classified as illiterate. The number arrived at was 5%. I believe the most recent survey using the same criteria found this number had soared to 17%.

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  • Neathboy234  |  October 15 2012, 10:47AM

    bennyhill4 well said. In all his posts i have yet to hear maxmin say anything that wouldn't be out of place on a far right summer school, perhaps that i where he got his education. ha ha ha. I don't think I've ever come across a more ill informed man than maxmin, his lack of basic knowledge is shocking. At the end of the day he had a poor upbringing and U should feel sorry for him for the way he has turned out. It's not his fault he is just a victim of his upbringing.

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  • bennyhill4  |  October 15 2012, 10:16AM

    Maxmim, Well that's scuppered you'r arguement. I went to a grammar school between 1958-1963, i think even you can work out that was before 1970. There is a lot more to education than capitol letters at the start ot sentances and question marks and punctuation marks,especially when a novice on the keyboard

  • maxmin  |  October 14 2012, 1:12PM

    Well Bennyhill lets see shall we? When did you got to school? You have written: "maxmim,you are a complete idiot if you think youngsters of today are less educated than those of pre1970.I suppose all data to the contrary is ignored by you because it does'nt fit with you'r blinkered opinions" In just over two very short lines I spot 8 errors of grammar, spelling and punctuation.

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  • Neathboy234  |  October 13 2012, 6:54PM

    bennyhill4 don't waste your breath maxmin has got his head further in the sand than Cameron and Osborn. For him all the evils of the world are created by the left wing. The only thing he hates more then the left is liberal minded people like myself.

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  • Neathboy234  |  October 13 2012, 6:50PM

    I think Cameron is a nice enough chap, but at the end of the day he hasn't got a clue about what to do. Osborn is even more out of his depth. To me they are like a pair of terrified rabbits staring at the headlights. To be honest i bet the pair of them can't wait for 2015 to arrive, so they can be put out of their misery. Should we feel a little sorry for them, no. History should have told them from the 1930's that austerity doesn't work, would they listen of course not.

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