The English right wing press try to make Mick Lynch public enemy number one…

I admit I take a certain amount of pleasure in the fact that a guy with an Irish background is being such a complete pain in the neck to the British Establishment. They absolutely loath charismatic working-class leaders. This is the front page of today’s Sun. Take a minute to watch this bizarre monologue from Richard Madeley yesterday: 'Will you answer the question Mr Lynch, I won't let you get away with nonsense'@richardm56 grills the General Secretary of the RMT, …

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Now is the winter of our discontent. Strikes across the UK…

If you were out and about today, you probably came across a few picket lines of striking health workers. Members from Unison, Nipsa and GMB are involved in the action. It seems practically every occupation in the UK is planning a strike. Nurses, Royal Mail staff, rail workers, civil servants, border control etc. The Bel Tel has an exhaustive list here… The demands are pretty modest generally; when you factor in inflation, they will be basically on the same income …

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Memo to BBC: The NI Executive voted these measures through

Why are the BBC busying themselves counting the number of MLAs turning up for work today?  Don’t they know the Northern Ireland Executive voted in favour of the blanket increase of 3.2 per cent in public-sector pension contributions? Admittedly they did so behind closed doors, and didn’t tell anyone at the time. [Some parties don’t seem to remember either – Ed]  Some parties have still to tell the public how their ministers voted at the time… Pete Baker