After a fresh boot my plasma taskbar doesn't appear, sometimes

Hello.
I've used Manjaro a few years and despite a few bugs this is the first time I've needed to register an account. Well done on the great distro.

My taskbar doesn't appear sometimes after a clean boot. It started doing this out of the blue about two months ago. I can't remember changing anything before it started doing this.

If I right click on my desktop and try to add an empty panel it won't appear. If I run plasmashell from a console nothing happens. It happens under other useprofiles too.

I ran

journalctl -f | grep --line-buffered kde

But I nothing comes up.

How do I check the logs? What should i enable / disable to debug this?

These are the results of running 'ps -aux|grep plasma'. If I run plasma --replace from the terminal everything loads normally.

root 9158 0.2 0.2 62264 18132 ? S 21:32 0:00 /usr/lib/sddm/sddm-helper --socket /tmp/sddm-auth05949212-5e44-47f4-ae4e-814bf071075d --id 3 --start /usr/bin/startplasma-x11 --user ian
ian 9166 0.0 0.1 129328 13016 ? Sl 21:32 0:00 /usr/bin/startplasma-x11
ian 9246 3.6 1.6 1171996 130476 ? Sl 21:32 0:01 /usr/bin/plasmashell
ian 9350 0.0 0.1 127208 10524 ? Sl 21:32 0:00 /usr/bin/plasma_waitforname org.freedesktop.Notifications
ian 9461 0.0 0.2 96548 18720 ? S 21:32 0:00 tags.so [kdeinit5] tags local:/run/user/1000/klauncherbfWoVK.1.slave-socket local:/run/user/1000/plasmashellOikBLD.1.slave-socket
ian 9462 0.0 0.2 168344 20408 ? Sl 21:32 0:00 desktop.so [kdeinit5] desktop local:/run/user/1000/klauncherbfWoVK.1.slave-socket local:/run/user/1000/plasmashellRUnpNa.2.slave-socket
ian 9505 0.0 0.1 127208 10556 ? Sl 21:33 0:00 /usr/bin/plasma_waitforname org.kde.KSplash
ian 9891 0.0 0.0 6300 2216 pts/1 S+ 21:33 0:00 grep --color=auto plasma

Can someone suggest a way forward with this? Even if it's to post to a more appropriate forum.

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