With thousands of civil servants, members of the Public and Commercial Services union, taking strike action today in protest against plans to cut more than 100,000 civil service jobs – and with predictions that the Welsh Assembly will close for the day as a result – the question for the Secretary of State for Wales, etc, Peter Hain, is whether he will be crossing any picket lines? Courting the unions has, after all, been a key part of his ongoing, if accident-prone, campaign for the post of deputy leader of the Labour Party.

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